Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken follows World War II veteran, Louis Zamperini’s astonishing life as a juvenile delinquent, Olympic athlete, soldier and prisoner of war. Hillenbrand’s book demonstrates the importance of an individual's dignity during and after extreme periods of hardship. Louis managed to survive several unbelievably challenging situations because of his strong sense of dignity and hope. He spent his childhood in delinquency because he had not yet established his sense of dignity, which his athletic career later instilled in him. After his plane crashed during war, his strong mind-set and dignity would help him survive for forty-seven days at sea. Finally, his dignity was completely diminished after the two years he was held a …show more content…
He and two other men drifted for forty-seven days, while suffering from extreme hunger and thirst, exposure to the elements, and attacks from sharks and enemy planes. Despite all odds, Louie and Phil Phillips survived the seemingly impossible journey due to their untouched senses of dignity. Although their bodies were severely deprived due to thirst and starvation, their minds remained healthy with dignity and confidence in survival. However, the third man on the raft, Mac McNamara was not able to keep up with the strong minds of Louie and Phil. Mac was pessimistic from the moment the plane went down, holding no hope for survival. However, after a rash decision to eat all of what little food they had on the raft, Mac truly lost his self-respect. With his dignity broken, Mac’s body and mind quickly began to rapidly deteriorate. Because Mac had lost his sense of dignity, itf ultimately lead him to lose his life. Laura Hillenbrand describes the importance and power of dignity in the face of …show more content…
Japanese soldiers also highly valued dignity, and believed that if a person had lost it they were subhuman, thus deserving of cruelty. Because they viewed the captured prisoners of war as dishonorable, they would inflict unfathomable brutality upon them. Louie was subject to callous degradation and violence daily, yet he would attempt to maintain his dignity by committing small acts of rebellion. He and other POW’s would steal newspapers and food from the guards, while planning ways to sabotage them and escape from the camp. Although not all a success, these acts of resistance helped the men retain some dignity and control in their lives. However, the horrific memories he experienced at the camp followed Louie home once the war was over. He suffered from nightmares in which the sadistic camp guard, Mutsuhiro Watanabe, or “The Bird” torments him all over again. As Louie was consumed by fear and anger, his dignity began to completely diminish. He quickly became a violent alcoholic whose sole objective was to get revenge on Watanabe. Louie’s life was spiraling out of control until he attended a religious sermon which opened his eyes to his detrimental behavior. Louie’s new faith allowed him to let go of all his previous fear, anger, and need for vengeance. Furthermore, it had restored his sense of dignity and self-worth, which allowed him to forgive the people
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Hillenbrand illustrates, through Louie’s experiences, that those who maintain their human dignity have a greater chance of surviving that those who gave up. Even through the inhumane treatments these men were given in the P.O.W. camps, they remained strong and had a will to live through their trials. “With these talks they created something to live for” (146). While at the camps, Louie and the other men managed to keep their dignity intact through rebellious acts which lifted their spirits and kept them from being broken. While Louie, Phil, and Mac were stranded at sea, Mac didn’t survive despite eating all of their survival chocolate.
Would you be able to stop everything that you’re doing and join the army if another World War was to occur? The author that published Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption on November 16, 2010, was Laura Hillenbrand. This story takes place mostly in the Pacific Ocean and many of prisoner-of-war camps in Japan. This book is about a man named Louie Zamperini that was an agitator at a young age that had also trained to beat the four-minute-mile, but decided to put everything on hold when World War II transpired. After Louie enlisted in the army, he served as a B-24 Liberator bombardier, but as he was traveling over the Pacific Ocean, his plane was shot down by another aircraft.
This is the camp that he meets Mutsuhiro Watanabe, a.k.a. the bird, a monster that will haunt him for a large majority of his life, even after the war. “Down the line the corporal strode, pausing before each man, raking his eyes over him, and barking, “Name!” When he reached Louie, he stopped. Louie gave his name.
In this example, Louie’s morale was boosted by Phil’s confidence in him: “I’m glad it was you, Zamp” (132). Phil portrayed that out of all the crewman on the plane, Zamperini became the man that Phil wanted as a partner on the raft which they now depend on for survival. At this point in the story, Hillenbrand revealed Louie’s resilience when confronted with Mac’s untrustworthy act: “The realization that Mac had eaten all of the chocolate rolled hard over Louie... The crash had undone him. Louie knew that they couldn’t survive for long without food, but he quelled the thought” (138).
The plane crashes into the ocean, which forces Louie and his friends to survive in a raft until help arrives. Mac, being in a state of panic, decides to eat all of their nutrient chocolate at the very beginning of the ordeal and eventually dies of nutrition deficit. After 47 days of being at sea, Louie and Phil are captured by a passing Japanese ship. They are both sent to a concentration camp where Louie is known for being an Olympic runner. Louie is given an offer to spread Anti-American propaganda in exchange for being free, but declines the offer twice, which causes the Bird, the warden of the camp, to punish him severely.
Louie says, “He cannot break me” (Hillenbrand 113). By saying this Louie resisted the attempts of the Bird trying to make him feel invisible. Even thought Louie was already resisting the Bird, Louie and the other POWs resisted even more, “...They threw dirt in gas tanks” (Hillenbrand 179) Louie and the other POWs did this because they were being treated like slaves in the coal mine. Although not as harsh as what the POWs went through, the POWs threw dirt into the gas tank so that the Japanese could learn not to mess with the POWs because they will fight back.
Only Louie, Phil, and Mac survived. After surviving on a life raft for forty-seven days, the Japanese captured Louie and Phil. Louie spent over two years of his life as a prisoner of war in the hands of the Japanese. One of the symbols in the novel focused on sharks. Hillenbrand illustrated redemption and forgiveness as a theme in Unbroken.
“Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man 's soul in his body long past the point when the body should have surrendered it” (Hillenbrand 189). In the novel Unbroken, written by Laura Hillenbrand, Louis “Louie” Zamperini goes through several life-threatening experiences. After being a troublemaker as a child, and an Olympic athlete, Louie straps up his boots and becomes a bombardier for the Army Air Corps. After a traumatizing crash and a forty-six day survival at sea, Louie is taken captive by Japanese officials.
In the first couple years after the war Louie was set on murdering the man who ruined him. A few years later, Louie was filled with forgiveness, “Thoughts of murder no longer had a home in him” (Hillenbrand). This thought that Louie had is an excellent sign that he is a changed man and that he is beginning to forgive what happened. A little later, Louie comes to the conclusion that he needed to go back to Japan. There he saw all of his previous captors except for the cruelest of them all, the Bird.
Throughout the book, Kingsley describes the numerous challenges and obstacles that she and her fellow travelers faced on their journey down the Back River. From fierce headwinds to treacherous rapids to encounters with grizzly bears, Kingsley writes about the many moments of fear, uncertainty, and doubt that they experienced along the way. However, Kingsley also highlights the ways in which these challenges brought out the best in herself and her fellow travelers. She writes about the strength, determination, and courage that they exhibited in the face of adversity, and how these experiences brought them closer together as a team. Kingsley notes that "the Back River tested us in ways that we never could have imagined, but it also showed us what we were capable of when we worked together and refused to give up" (Kingsley, 2014, p. 164).
“To persevere, I think, is important for everybody. Don’t give up, don’t give in. There’s always an answer to everything”-Louie Zamperini. This man, Louie Zamperini was a bombardier for the US in World War II. He and his crew were shot down and forced to survive at sea for forty six days.
The Perseverance of Louie Zamperini Acclaimed writer, Laura Hillenbrand, in her biography, Unbroken, provides an elegantly written account of the amazing events that occurred in Louie Zamperini's life. Writing to an audience of readers who may know little about his life, Hillenbrand offers a tribute to Louie and the immense strength he had, revealing the power of positivity and perseverance. She creates an interesting mood change in a scene where both men are slowly dying in order to express to us readers that Louie survived because he wouldn't allow himself think otherwise. While telling us of a true event, she achieves her purpose by painting clear images complemented with rich diction; by deliberately using contrasting moods; and by creating
Louie Zamperini and Commander John Fitzgerald show strength and resolution in the face of adversity. For example, when Louie’s plane crashed and the men were on the raft, Laura Hillenbrand wrote, “Louie was determined to keep himself and the others lucid”(114). During their journey on the rafts, Louie tried to keep Phil, Mac and himself hopeful in a seemingly hopeless situation. He tried to distract them from hunger and troubling thoughts by singing songs and talking about comforting memories of the past. Commander John Fitzgerald demonstrated his fortitude in Ofuna.
The novel Unbroken is set in Torrance, California in the summer of 1929. Louis Zamperini is a twelve-year-old delinquent who is struggling to find his way as an Italian immigrant in a small town. The theme of redemption and forgiveness are shown throughout the book and in each area of Louie’s life. Every aspect of Louie’s life shows how he redeems himself and how the ultimate act of forgiveness is the most powerful resource for redemption.
“A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.” Louis Zamperini dealt with bullies at a young age when his family moved from France to America. He began to get in trouble with the authorities, often running from them, but when his brother noticed he could run, his life changed. Zamperini joined the school track team and excelled, eventually moving on to the Olympics. However, in a twist of events, Zamperini joins the army and finds himself stranded at sea, then stuck in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp.