Symbolism in Unbroken “What stays with you latest and deepest? of curious panics, Of hard-fought engagements or sieges tremendous what deepest remains” (Whitman, Walt. “The Wound-Dresser” line 11 and 12)? In the novel Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, symbols like their plane, Super Man, the raft that Louie and his crew-mates survived on, and the names carved in the cell wall, represent the characters’ hope and perseverance in the face of their fear. The military believed they had more advanced planes than their enemies and that they would help them win the war.
The first example of why being skillful is so important in cases of resilience in Unbroken can be noticed when once the plane crashes into the ocean, Louie immediately puts his wits into action. Highlighted in the text: "Louie knew he had to get Phil 's bleeding stopped, but if he went to him, the raft would be lost and all of them would perish. He swam for the raft" (Hillenbrand 3). Louie backtracked and thought about the situations that could be thrown at him for each movement he made. He ended up using his natural instinct which was to save his whole crew over a bleeding cut.
Our society has, and is having, many issues when it comes to choosing between solving problems and avoiding problems, and Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, has seen this and he represents it with fire. He wanted to display some messages through fire, so he has society use fire to remove problems, but this blocks society’s ability to be humane and it allows them to have an unnatural urge to remove and destroy. Also, Bradbury tries to tell the readers that fire is part of nature and it can help the humanity and creativity within people. When fire is used in unnatural ways, it changes the thought process of characters, and this shows the general message of how moving fast and not learning destroys people’s humanity. Fire has been a constant symbol used by
When the boys crash on the island they come together to find that they need some leadership to be able to stay alive. At first Ralph shows that he really is capable of being a good leader. Ralph says, “We’ve got to have some rules and obey them. After all we aren’t savages” (32). Ralph understands from the start that they need some rules so that they kids don’t turn into savages.
They party and play around while together but when the time comes they’re always ready to do what needs to be done. At the end of 1942, his team is sent to complete a bombing run over Japan. The trip wasn’t easy as the plane barely makes it back. Louie’s life in the army wasn’t going to be easy and chapter 8 proves that true. The men who he gained close relationships with and highly respected him were involved in a plane crash over Pearl Harbor.
He is very courageous to face his fear of flying a plane. This shows how brave he is. Brian still ends up crashing the plane, but his courage came through and he tries to do everything he can to survive and fly the plane. Another example is when the book states “But the fear moved then, moved away, and Brian knew the wolf for what it was - another part of the woods…”(page 121). This shows the theme because Brian is scared of the wolf.
Furthermore, Bradley also indicates strong feelings towards two major themes of the book, which are pride in his country and a contempt for the media during wartime. Despite this book being nonfiction, it is clear that Bradley looks to create suspense and engage the audience using short sentence structure and anecdotes about his father and the other five men. For example, in chapter 5, page 20, Bradley writes, “December 1944. The last Christmas for too many young boys. Then off for the forty-day sail to Iwo Jima.” This excerpt contributes to Bradley’s dramatic tone as he talks about young men going off to battle, many not returning to see their families.
When World War II started, he stopped his running career to join the army. He was very courageous to leave his family, his friends, and his running behind to serve in the military. Louis has survived many war battles and was good at doing it, so they called him back on another tour, but this time a tragedy happened. Louie's plane crashed and never made it to war. He survived because he landed in the middle of the Pacific Ocean stranded with just a raft.
“Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down” (Bradbury). A risky and dangerous life can lead to a dramatic change in one’s personality. In Fahrenheit 451, Montag starts out as a “regular” citizen who burns books as his job. Because of the miraculous events that occurred in Montag’s life, he had no choice but to evolve to his situation. As Montag lives through many affairs, he becomes further audacious, cognizant, and nonconformist.
When Kamehameha was crowned King, his land was torn to shreds for all of the wars that took place. So he got down on his hands and knees, and help his men put it back together (23). This was an example that changed after the unification. This was good because he was being a good role model, and showing that he is not a king that lets his men do everything for him, and that he loves to help. Kamehameha is an effective, strong, helpful, and wise leader.