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.
Character analysis of Louie Zamperini Louis Zamperini was born in Olean,New York but was raised in Torrance,California. Louis then volunteered for World war II and was a bombardier but on a rescue mission he and crewmates crashed into the pacific ocean. During his time on a raft in the middle of the ocean he had to survive for 47 days and find food and water. Then he was captured by the japanese until the end of world war II getting beat and attacked. In the book Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand uses the life experiences of Louie Zamperini to show the traits of Forgiving and Determained.
Have you ever thought of how it would be to have a plane crash and be deserted for more than 40 days? Well neither did Louie Zamperini, until it happened. Louis Zamperini never thought that he would be lost at seas but when his B-24 crashed down in the pacific that's just what happened. Though his whole life he has been all sorts of things, rebellious, determined, courageous, and more. Louie Zamperini, from the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand shows the characteristic traits of rebellious and determined through the thing that he does in this book.
Unbroken centers around a soldier named Louie Zamperini. Louie is on the American side fighting for peace in the South Pacific against the Japanese during WW2. Louie was a lieutenant in the U.S Air Force ,and served as a crewmember on the Green Hornet(B-24) Louie functioned as a bombardier who took pride in his duty. He was a true patriot.
In Unbroken, the primary character who manages to retain his individuality despite facing extreme adversity is Louie Zamperini, an Olympian turned POW. He manages to not conform to the Japanese authorities who captured him in a variety of ways despite constant abuse at the hands of his captors. According to Wade, “Louie's face was so swollen that for several days he could barely open his mouth. By Wade's estimate, each man had been punched in the face some 220 times" (Hillenbrand 295). In other words, Louie Zamperini is captured and transported to Naoetsu, a brutal POW camp, where he was subject to frequent beatings such as the aforementioned one.
Zamparini bears much pain that would actually (broken) other people. Nonetheless, he is not destroyed (is unbroken) by all the experiences (Hillenbrand 71). For instance, as a prisoner, the Japanese military tried to torment so as to “break him” but he persevered. Also, the life of post-war was much a struggle and could have destroyed him but he managed to realize the spiritual power which saved him (Hillenbrand 73). Therefore, the (Unbroken) idea reflects how Louie was affected by the war and post-war life but he remained firm.
Zamperini knew that he had to regain his dignity to survive before and after imprisonment. He did this by taking each day as it came, and then moving onto the next. His true turning point would be when he was moved by Billy Graham’s words. He really came to terms with his past and present life from there on out. To conclude, his struggles with imprisonments showcase the theme of resiliency because so many times Louie was beaten and humiliated by the guards, but he always bounced back.
Unbroken is the best word that can be used to describe Louie Zamperini. In the book Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, there are three other adjectives that can be used to describe Louie Zamperini, the main character. These adjectives are determined, compassionate, and defiant. These attributes can be proven through not only Louie’s actions, but his thoughts as well. These are the three different characteristics of Louie.
Optimism and resiliency are some of the reasons why Louie survived in the POW camps. He got out of the camp after the war was over but there was more struggle to come have come. Louie would have flashbacks non-stop when he would sleep he would freak out about them and put people in danger. After this he began to drink badly, and harm his wife and his newborn daughter He later reconnected with God and stuck with his promise of devoting his life to
Unbroken, pgs. 1-80 Some events that do not describe a hero in Louie Zamperini in the novel Unbroken is when he was young he stole anything edible, and he also ran away often. Louie was a kid that snuck into games and was letting people get in for free. Louie started to drink at the age eight. Another thing Louie did was rob people he had stashes of food loot and even alcohol; he would spit spit balls around the class and his teacher would make him stand in the corner so he deflated his teacher's car tires. Usually hero’s have good grades always follow rules never do anything bad, but Louie was the complete opposite you would not expect anything good from a kid like him.
Louie Zamperini went through more pain and suffering than most people will ever endure in their entire life. In the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Louis Zamperini was an Olympic runner. He was drafted during World War II . During the war, his plane crashed in the middle of the ocean and he was stranded with little resources to survive. This book follows his incredible story battling starvation and abuse in Prisoner of War camps (POW).
Zamperini set many various records for his high school track team. He had then received a scholarship for his outstanding achievements in track. Louis dealt with much bullying at his school because he was unable to speak English fluently. In the early 1930’s, Louis Zamperini had started his education, and continued to stay educated until he graduated from the University of Southern California in 1940, where he used his scholarship he received when he set a mile record of 4.21.2 minutes during the championships of a race. Throughout the early years of Zamperini’s life, he had about eight years of education.
She did an absolutely wonderful job of creating this time period with just her words and it’s one of my favorite things about this book. The As a boy, Louie Zamperini was always in trouble, but with the help of his older brother, he turned his life around and channeled his energy into running. He set his first record in high school, “He ran a field of milers off their feet, stopping the watches in 5:03. Three seconds faster than Pete’s record. ”(17)