The brilliant inventor and entrepreneur Henry Ford once said, “Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.” In Laura Hillenbrand’s book Unbroken, the daring Louie Zamperini fulfilled these wise words in every adventure he encountered. Whether competing in the Olympics, fighting in the war, or simply getting over his alcohol addiction, Louie approached each challenge with determination which Hillenbrand showcases in telling Louie’s daring story. A sick and frail kid, Louie’s delinquent behavior defined him; he stole anything from just about anyone, constantly getting into trouble for doing daring
This quote from the novel demonstrates how Louie struggles to preserve his dignity. During the war, Louie faced harsh times where he had psychological wounds from getting beat by the Japanese. Being captives and a POW (Prisoner of War), Louie learned how to cope with being treated as a subhuman or trash. By using small acts of resistance against the guards and rebelling, like stealing anything he can find mostly food, mocking the guards behind their back, and trying to escape showing them he was still not scared. Those acts tested/reclaimed what little dignity he had left from what the guards tried to take (Florman
Examples of redemption and forgiveness are evident throughout the book. In his childhood, Louie repeatedly caused trouble in his neighborhood. The community, in which Louie lived, resented his menacing behavior. As his community learned to forgive Louie for his petty crimes, Louie redeemed his negative reputation by channeling his energy to run for his school’s track team. In Unbroken, Louie grew to forgive Mac for eating all of the chocolate after they fell into the sea (Hillenbrand,
Proverbs 24:6 says; “for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory and safety” (Holy Bible, New Living Translation). In the novel Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, the story of Louis Zamperini is told from his troubled childhood, his record breaking running days, and to becoming a WWII hero, and living to tell his story. Louie ends his running career when the second world war started between the Americans and the Japanese. Louie faces many hardships through his time in the military, and after the war. Through Louis Zamperini’s suffering while striving to survive while being stranded at sea, becoming a Prisoner Of War in Japan, and his post war trauma, leads him to God, and finding his faith.
After a traumatizing crash and a forty-six day survival at sea, Louie is taken captive by Japanese officials. Shortly after being captured, Zamperini is taken to a POW camp where he is abused physically and mentally. Throughout the novel the readers learn that the hardships of war effect Louie, causing the loss of his dignity. After Louie was captured by the Japanese, he was taken to a POW camp ,Ofuna, they began to deprive Louie of human essentials such as food and water. To make matters worse, they started to conduct experiments on him and his comrade Phil, “The doctor pushed more solution into his vein, and the spinning worsened.
Louie believes that God saved him so Louie could serve him. This realization transforms his life, this allows him to past all his demons haunting him. “...If you will save me, I will serve you forever...It was the last flashback he would ever have” (Hillenbrand 382). Louie then keeps his promise and devotes his life to Christianity. He had gone home that night to dispose of all his liquor, and the next day started reading his
To Louie that would hrt but he said nothing when he was hit over and over again. Louie Zamperini’s two characteristics that he shows throughout the book, Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken, are courageous and rebellious. How these two traits help you has the reader understand louie has a person is... that he did not so good thing in his life and he will be beaten but will not say anything. And that is all the information that there is on Louie
Born blind and deaf, the American writer Helen Keller once said, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet, only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” In Laura Hillenbrand’s nonfiction book Unbroken, the determined Louis Zamperini represented Helen Keller’s words when he survived his 47 day journey stranded on the raft and arrived at the island of Kwajalein. He still maintained the strength to travel on the island and endure the beatings from camp officials at the POW camps. In the beginning of his life, Louie’s delinquent behavior had him running around the town taking things right out from under people’s feet, but Louie thought that stealing and giving away his earnings to the people in the community was a good thing. As Louie grew older, he gave up his delinquent behavior and began running like his brother Pete. Pete was not the reason that Louie started running track: “It was Louie’s weakness for girls” (15).
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.