Unbroken Critique

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Running head: A LITERARY CRITIQUE OF UNBROKEN BY LAURA HILLENBRAND

A Literary Critique of Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Jason Rollins
Mountain View High School

A LITERARY CRITIQUE OF UNBROKEN BY LAURA HILLENBRAND
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Hillenbrand, Laura. (2010). Unbroken: A World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption. New York, United States of America: Random House.
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Unbroken is a book written by Laura Hillenbrand that is about the life of Louis Zamperini, a US Olympian runner who is pulled into World War II and is taken captive as a POW by the Japanese. It is a story of hope in the face of despair, of fighting to survive, and of becoming better. The book is divided into five parts, each detailing a different time in Zamperini’s life, and each exemplifying a different theme from the subtitle: Survival, resilience, and redemption. The book was written to tell Zamperini’s amazing life story, to teach an extraordinary lesson in these themes, as Zamperini’s life so amazingly show them. The first part of the book focuses on his childhood, his boyhood antics and schemes. It gives us a picture of Zamperini’s personality and what he was like as a young boy to a teenager. We see him grow up and become a great runner and an Olympian. The second part of the story documents Louie’s time in the air
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It tells an extraordinary story of a real life man and his the things he experienced, both amazing and horrific. The story is chilling at times, giving uncommonly spoken of perspective on the Pacific theater of World War II. It gives a plethora of numbers and statistics and some amazing facts about the war and its consequences. It tells an amazing story that is entertaining to follow, and it teaches some great lessons that can be applied to our own lives. I would recommend anyone read it who wants to read an amazing, true story, or who wants to learn more about World War
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