Unbroken Movie and Book Comparison “A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.” Pete Zamperini told his younger brother Louie Zamperini when Louie was leaving for the Olympics. Recently, I have read and watched Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Upon doing so, I discovered that the book was better than the movie version of this best-selling novel. In the book, Louie started running because of eugenics. The movie did not specify why Louie had started to run. As well, they were formatted differently. The book told many details of Louie’s life before World War II. The movie was not concerned much for that part and mainly focused on Louie’s obstacles during the war. The plot was the same for both the book and movie. As well they both …show more content…
The book stated that Louie started running because of eugenics. Eugenics was a fake science that was popular around the 1930’s and 1940’s. Eugenics wanted to perfect the human race by killing slaves, peasants, and those who do not contribute to society. Louie was the perfect target for eugenics; an Italian troublemaker. In the movie, Louie started running because of Pete. This caused Louie to start running which led to a series of events that led up the Olympics. Participating in the Olympics, Louie had harsher conditions of being a Prisoner of War. Mutsuhiro Watanabe treated Louie stricter because Louie partook in the Olympics. It was very disappointing to see that the movie did not include what influenced Louie to run because it inspired incredible events. Also, the movie did not include that Louie recieved pneumonia when he was two years old, making it difficult for him to run. This put even more hardship onto Louie’s career of running. It shows how hard Louie worked to become an Olympian. Eugenics was an important part that caused Louie wanting to run and be a good person. This led to him becoming an Olympian and this led to a series of perseverance of torturous …show more content…
Though, with the movie, the scenes kept alternating between the war and Louie’s life before it. This made the movie difficult to understand, unlike the movie which was in sequential order. The book illustrated what Louie was thinking through many tough situations very nicely. The movie could not include much of Louie’s thought process and what he was thinking, unless they could have had Louie narrate it. Since the movie was formatted this way, it excluded much of the details of the war and what Louie’s thought process was through much of it. Formatting the movie with alternating moments did not make the movie better, but rather made it more confusing and hard to understand. The book and movie both had the same main ideas and plot. The movie included a lot of the quotes that were quite inspirational and bound to be remembered. For example, Pete told Louie in both the book and movie, “If you can take it, you can make it.” The movie also included Louie at the Olympics which was exciting to see even if it was a flashback from the war. It was also gook to see Louie’s childhood and how he progressed to putting hard work and perseverance instead of stealing and causing trouble. As well, the book and movie had
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One died, but him and his friend Phil survived on a raft for 47 days. They were captured by the Japanese, and Unbroken portrays the atrocities that Louie and other POWS faced in Japanese POW camps. Unbroken makes history come alive because Laura Hillenbrand wrote it based on primary
One day some kids were beating him with a stick and he pulled the stick away from the kid, “... Louie yanked the stick away”. Louie did things he wasn’t supposed to do , like drink, smoke, and other things he shouldn’t do. Later on Louie’s brother convinced Louie to join the running team and he did.
As a war sparked with Japan, Louie joined the air force. Peering down on the ocean while they hurtled down to its open arms, and they dove racing further into the deep waters. He springs up toward the shimmering daylight, breaking through the waters surface, and he continues looking for his survivors. With two other survivors they fight vicious
Louie Zamperini has a lot to his name. A 4:08.3 mile, 56-second final lap in the 5000m, spoke with Hitler himself, these are achievements common people can’t come close to accomplishing. Louie was uncommon. In the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Louie shows his resourcefulness as well as his determination to make his way through the roughest time of his life. When they caught the first fish and they had food first time in a week, “Louie had demonstrated that if they were persistent and resourceful, they could catch food, and he and Phil felt inspired.”
In the book Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand the author described Louie so well. Louie can be described in so many ways but the two biggest traits that stick out are his rebelliousness and his resilience. Louie was very rebellious as a child and when he was an adult. “At five, he started smoking, picking up cigarette butts while walking to kindergarten” (pg. 7). This shows that even at age five Louie would try to do the wrong thing such as smoking which could have messed up his whole career as a runner.
After being held on an island for several weeks where he was starved, tortured, and used for experimentation, he was blindfolded and send to Ofuna, a prisoner of war camp. Upon first arriving, Louie was escorted down a hallway and stopped at a door, where a guard told him to go inside and wait for orders. Louie walked into a room to find the silhouette of a man in civilian clothing, facing away from him. Louie gaped at the man with utter amazement and disbelief. The man was Jimmie Sasaki, Louie’s old college friend.
The Olympic athlete 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 think we could be that strong.” In Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Louis Zamperini demonstrated Devers’ words with the utmost determination when, even life was rearing its ugly head, Louis never gave up hope and survived being stranded in the Pacific for 47 days. In all, Louie’s determination was one of his greatest virtues and his life saving quality that Hillenbrand described in his story.
He moved on from high school and set his eyes on the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Louie “lived and breathed the 1,500 meters and Berlin. ”(22) Louie couldn’t get into what he could do best which was the 1,500 meters because “he couldn’t force his body to improve quickly enough to catch his older rivals by summer. He was heartbroken.
This overall shows how dependant he is on his mom. Louie remembers how much his mom means to him and how grateful he is for her when they finally reconnect. After 47 days on the raft, they finally reach land where they are taken by the Japanese as prisoners of war. After 2 years on constant torture he was finally able to go home to his family. When he finally arrived in the United states, “The moment the plane stopped, Louie jumped down, ran to his sobbing mother, and folded himself around her.
Louie then realized it was time for rehabilitation which consisted of running and running and running. When Louie graduated from high school he went on to attend UCLA and shattered the track record held by his brother. Louie had received a 4:42 mile, while his brother Pete had merely got a 5:03. He later went on to the 1936 olympics where he tied gold in the 5000 meter with another
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.
One way his rebellion was shown was when the book said, “When a teacher stood Louie in the corner for spitballing, he deflated her car tires.” (9) This shows his rebellion because he was furious with the teacher for standing him in the corner and he felt the need to get back at her and so he deflated her car tires. Another way that the book shows that Louie is a rebellion is when the book states, “For weeks, they prepared. The plan was potentially suicidal, but the prospect of taking control of their fates was thrilling.
Unfortunately, he and his friend Phil were captured by the Japanese and put into prison camps. Louie needed to show resilience and resist the captors attempts to make him feel worthless. Laura Hillenbrand, the author of Unbroken, uses character to show the theme when tough situations arise one must be resilient in order to transform the bad into good or even better. When Louie was a prisoner in the camp, he needed to resist the dehumanization and beatings he had been given by the Bird.
Overcoming Dehumanization “Louie watched the sky and hoped the Americans would come before the Bird killed him” (181). This is one of the many examples of how the way POWs were treated in these camps influenced many lives negatively. Like many other Prisoners of War, Louie Zamperini survived several difficult conditions. He had to resist several attempts of dehumanization. In Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand uses both internal and external conflict to show that war has profound and varied effects on individuals.
Unlike some biographies Hillenbrand makes sure to lay the proper foundation and make the reader very familiar with Louie’s childhood because his childhood was the basis for how his character would be able to fully develop. The story begins with an introduction into Louie’s childhood. Louie grew up in Torrance California; his family was Italian immigrants who struggled with poverty, prejudice and the added boundary of language. Since his family was impoverished Louie restored to stealing as a way of helping out his family. He was infamous throughout the town as a juvenile delinquent.