I read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, which gave me a new perspective regarding World War II. Unbroken was written from a soldier’s point of view, which inspired the reader and caused empathy towards the soldiers who were the victims of war. Silvie Zamperini or “Louie” grew up running from trouble and home. With help from his older brother Pete, Louie stops running from the law and starts running from his opponents as he develops his skills in track and field. Louie is no longer viewed as a criminal but a fast athlete with a bright future.
Jess, Leslie, and most of the minor characters search for love and fulfillment, and the narrative kicks up a potent sensation of loneliness and yearning, leading up to Leslie 's tragic death. However, the generosity and courage this tragedy inspires in Jess and in the parents of both children bring the characters to a new understanding and acceptance of each other. CHAPTER-1 Bridge to Terabithia starts with jess’s morning practice run. He runs excitedly for the race coming up in his school, having a wish to become recognized in between his classmate by coming first in the race organized among three tiers. The other reason Jesse is so determined to be the fastest race driver in his class is that he likes to get his father observed.
This book follows his incredible story battling starvation and abuse in Prisoner of War camps (POW). 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
Adventurous and dangerous, Louie Zamperini’s life was one that many will never forget. Louie’s childhood wasn’t very great, he would get into lots of trouble from fights and running from the police. When Louie’s brother Pete heard about everything that Louie was doing, so he decided to get Louie into running track, and soon enough Louie would win every race he was in. Then at the age of 19 he qualified for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Louie then went into the military and then he had been captured by the Japs.
After being held captive for two years as a POW, Louie is left with a distorted mind that is filled with monstrous images. Having trouble dealing with his PTSD, shell shocked at the time later to be known as CSR (Combat Stress Reaction), he resolves back to his bad habits with drinking and smoking. Graham a religious speaker helps Louie realize what has gotten him through all of the tough times as a POW, “If you will save me, I will serve you forever” (Hillenbrand 382). That night on the raft when Louie began to pray, he made a promise to God, to serve him forever if he were ever to be saved. After realizing this Louie quits all of his bad habits and continues to be a religious man.
In the book, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, the main character, Louis (Louie) Zamperini goes through various soul breaking trials. Even through all the pain and agony, Louis is tenacious and never surrenders. The theme of Unbroken is to never give up because Louis wouldn’t have made it through trying to go to the Berlin Olympics, being stranded on a raft in the Pacific Ocean, and imprisoned at POW camps in Japan. One example of never giving up in Unbroken is when Louis is competing to be in the Berlin Olympics. During the 5,000m qualifier: Louie sped up to go around him, but Casey sped up also, carrying Louis most of the way towards the grandstand.
In south africa, there was a large amount of racism that was going on. Mandela believed this was very unfair, so he fought for his rights. He was arrested because he was going against the government. To prove, “For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, nonviolent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies. Beginning in 1962, Mandela spent 27 years in prison for political offenses.” He did nothing violent, like Malala.
As Helen Keller once quoted, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken tells the life story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini. Through his troubles as a child, emerged a strong-willed Olympic runner, who later became a military aviator. He was lost at sea and then captured by the Japanese as a prisoner of war. He endured years of abuse and suffering but still managed to stay true to who he was. By showing how Louis Zamperini suffers as a prisoner of war and his struggles after returning home, readers are able to see how faith can completely transform someone.
Another athlete wanting to get first place at the Olympics trains for only 1 hour per day and puts minimal effort forward. He knows he is not going to win with the effort he puts forward. The only thing that he thinks will guarantee winning first place is steroids so the athlete takes them. The race takes place and the athlete who took steroids ends up in first place, whereas the honest and virtuous athlete ends up taking second place. Due to all the success steroids
The games frustrated and embarrassed Hitler enough that he took action in the worst possible way. For Jesse Owens, he became a nationally known figure and became very popular for his running skills. The New York Mets even took notice and hired Owens as a running coach (Christopher Klein, section 9). People will remember the 1936 Berlin Olympic games forever. Hitler’s attempt to create positive propaganda that promoted his Aryan race had a major set back after men like Jesse Owens came in snatching gold medals from many different events and competitions.