In Unbroken, Louis Zamperini and his friends have emotional issues from the war. For example, Louie freaked out when his family played a broadcast he sent out from Japan. Louie also became an alcoholic after the war, due to his emotional state. One of Louis’s friends flipped a table upon seeing rice, one of the sole foods he consumed as a POW.
War Combat, loyalty, enmity, bloodshed, and duty, all words that fit under the category of war. The novel Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is about Louis Zamperini a strong willed man raised in Torrance, California. He started as a young troublemaker until he discovered his passion for running in high school. That very passion led him to compete in the Olympics. Later he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, a brave decision that would change his life.
Trauma is a many layered thing. There are many ways to cope with it, and many ways people can experience it. In war there is obviously a lot of suffering, and many ways to deal with the aftermath of being in war. In “How to Tell a True War Story” by Tim O’Brien, the narrator repeats the story of the death of one of his comrades several times within it, changing the details with each telling. This story is less about how to tell a war story, and more about how to cope with life after facing war and how to cope with death in war.
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.
“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.
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.
The suffering he went through ultimately led him to his newfound faith. During Louie 's time on the life raft and in the POW camps he suffered an unbelievable amount of pain and desperation, but out of that suffering came faith. Louie was an Olympic runner one day and the next he was drafted into the war. Louie endured an unimaginable amount of pain while
Forgive, not because they deserve forgives, but because you deserve peace. It’s not easy to stop blaming someone’s fault, especially for someone who do wrong to us. In the book The Sunflower written by Simon Wiesenthal, a survivor of the Holocaust during World War II, he described his conflict with Karl, a dying Nazi soldier who killed many innocent Jews and begging for forgiveness for his outrageous crime at the end of his life. At the end of this sad and tragic episode, Simon did not response to Karl’s request directly; instead he left us a tough question: “What should you have done?” Based on what Karl had done during World War II and his repentance, each person might have their own point of view about where should we draw the line of forgiveness.
In Sam Wiesenthal’s novel, The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, the author puts readers into a scene of what he had experienced when he was forced into a concentration camp during the Holocaust. In this novel, Wiesenthal experiences many horrifying things in the concentration camp, especially death. In this particular scene of the novel, Wiesenthal encounters a dying Nazi soldier who asks for his forgiveness. As the dying soldier is speaking to Wiesenthal, he mutters, “ ‘I shall die, there is nobody to help me and nobody to mourn my death’ “ (Wiesenthal 27). Wiesenthal had to face a dilemma when this wounded soldier was asking him for help. He wasn’t sure what to do. The Nazi soldier starts pouring out all the horrible
The three-time United States Track and Field Olympic champion, Gail Devers once said, “Sometimes we fall, sometimes we stumble, but we can’t stay down. We can’t allow life to beat us down. Everything happens for a reason, and it builds character in us, and it tells us what we are about and how strong we really are when we didn’t think we could be that strong.” In the non-fiction book Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, protagonist Louis Zamperini demonstrates his everlasting perseverance through his everyday actions. Like Devers believed, the resilient Zamperini refused to be defeated or demoralized and did everything in his power to keep his feet on the ground and his chin up.
Forgiveness “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies” (Martin Luther King, Jr.). Why is it strenuous to forgive?
(Harris). Zamperini was often sought out for mistreatment, but despite numerous beatings, his will to survive intensified with each beating. He suffered beatings and lack of humane treatment, yet managed to survive through his strength, perseverance, and will to withstand unimaginable deprivations. According to Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken: A World War II Story Of Survival, Resilience, And Redemption, Watanabe was “fixated” on Zamperini, and called him his “number one prisoner.” Despite Zamperini’s attempts to hide from Watanabe, he always managed to find him.
“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.
The shared themes of "The Interlopers" and "To Forgive is Divine" is holding a grudge can hurt more than it helps, and forgiveness can allow wounds to heal and hatred to disappear. In the article "To Forgive is Divine," the author believes that "forgiveness frees you-it frees you to live without the weight of that anger and resentment." The story "The Interlopers" Ulrich and Georg "...each prayed that misfortune might fall on the other" their hatred towards each other lead to each others death. This shows that holding a grudge can keep you from moving on with your life and hurt you in the end, but if you forgive you can move on and be
Coping With War By: Branson In the books Camp Harmony and Unbroken during World War II, some people lost their freedom. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the Japanese Americans in Camp Harmony lost their freedom. Because of the possibility of them being spies, the government wanted them to be monitored so America didn 't get spied on. In Unbroken, Louis Zamporelli washed ashore from being lost at sea and landed in Japan.