Unbroken Speech

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Unbroken Essay In Wiesel’s Nobel Peace Prize speech, he communicates the importance of hope in times of despair, and the memory of these moments in changing the world for the better. He says that “because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair. I remember the killers, I remember the victims, even as I struggle to invent a thousand and one reasons to hope.” Wiesel explains that one of the only ways to survive the despair is to find hope; a light in the darkness, in order to move on or prevent it. The biography Unbroken, it tells the story of Louie Zamperini and his life from being an 1936, track Olympic athlete, to a castaway, to a prisoner in a Japanese war camp. Louie holds on to every last hope in order to make it back home alive.…show more content…
After spending 47 days on a life raft in the middle of the ocean with little food and water Louie is captured by the Japanese and transported to Kwajalein where the Japanese torture him and take everything dear to him. Louie stated, “Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen… The loss of it can carry a man off as surely as thirst, hunger, exposure, and asphyxiation, and with greater cruelty. In places like Kwajalein, degradation could be as lethal as a bullet.” Louie is humiliated and not only is his food and water taken away, but his dignity is stripped from him. The only way for him to recover was to take by his dignity and hope for a brighter future; a change. In the text, it says that “Deaths from illness and malnutrition were once commonplaces, but after the stealing school was created, only two POWs died, one from a burst appendix. And so degrading of a place, stealing won back the men’s dignity.” Not only did Louie recover physically from stealing, he recovered mentally. The hope caused by rebellion gave Louie that willingness to survive that kept his alive throughout his…show more content…
After he Had hear from Graham, Louie had been able to recover from his alcohol addiction which had helped him cope with him post traumatic stress, and he then found God. the book said that “it was the last flashback he’d ever have. Louie let go of Cynthia and turned toward Graham… Louie went straight to his liquor, carried the bottles to the sink and emptied them into the sink.” Louie had found God in Graham’s word and he grew past his obstacles. He gave up the alcohol and took back his life that had been slipping through his fingers. With this new found growth, Louie transitioned from having a burning hatred for the Japanese to where he was able to forgive them. He stated that “at that moment, something shifted sweetly inside him. It was forgiveness, beautiful, effortless, and complete. For Louie Zamperini, the war was over.” Louie had spent the whole war hating the Japanese for what they did to him. Even after the war Louie wanted to get revenge, to put justice where it should have been, to kill the Bird. But he heard Graham, and grew by learning to be the better man, and he forgave all the Japanese, including the Bird. Throughout all his obstacle, Louie came out of the war with more compassion and integrity compared to before his many
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