Character Analysis Of Louis In Laura Hillenbrand's 'Unbroken'

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The American politician, and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said “‘People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built’”. In Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Louis Zamperini, exemplifies this quote because he grew with life’s experiences. In fact life put Louis in a Japanese P.O.W camp where he grew into a new man. Miraculously, Louis somehow always survived the tough situations life threw at him, and it was this skillfulness that got him through it. Louie, throughout many different points in his story, developed new skills to aid him in his endeavors. Whether stealing food from others or learning how to run like a champ, he used his skills thoughtfully. At the beginning he was a very skillful thief who would most likely get away before someone could catch him. Hillenbrand wrote, “ a local family left him off their dinner-party guest list,…show more content…
camps; he made it through the war. After the war Louie found someone to fall in love with; her name is cynthia. Soon after returning home Louie developed a drinking problem since he was usually going somewhere to talk to groups of people; he used it for his anxiety. Nightmares of the bird haunted Louie in his dreams but that did not stop him from living his life, and showing off his skills. It was his skillfulness that got him married to cynthia and you can find this out by reading; “‘ Along came Louie. Here was someone exotic, someone who answered her yearning for adventure’” (348). Searching skills came into play when Louie was starting to prepare for his wedding; ‘“ He tracked down reception sites, invitations, a caterer, and a jeweler’” (350). After finishing the biography on Louis Zamperini by Laura Hillenbrand I can firmly say that Louie is a very skillful person. All of the skills that he acquired throughout his journey he earned himself and never let life get in his way or break

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