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).
In one event, Louie and 7 other crew members on the Green Hornet (the name of the plane) all crash: “The engine wouldn't start. The plane kept dropping. Green Hornet was doomed. The best Phil could do was try to level it out to ditch. He grunted three words into the interphone: ‘Prepare to crash.’ (pg 118).” In this moment that Louie and the crew members crash, Louie is drowning but eventually makes it up to shore.
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand, the author of Unbroken, wrote the book about Louis Zamperini’s fight to survive though tortured, beaten, and a barrage of gunfire. After surviving a plane crash in the middle of the ocean, where he spent forty-seven days slowly dying of intense hunger and thirst, the book shows Louis Zamperini’s quick wit and will to survive despite being tormented as a Japanese POW (prisoner of war). The author uses rhetorical devices such as syntax, diction, imagery, and tone to amplify certain moments, Hillenbrand uses imagery to convey the scene and appeal to the reader’s senses and uses precise diction to elaborate on certain scenarios. She uses tone to convey the characters’ attitudes and to give the feel of certain moment.
Unbroken shares the struggles of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who enlisted in the U.S. air force as a bombardier during World War II. In the movie, Zamperini and his older brother run on their school’s track team, during which he quickly becomes the fastest in the state of California, and runs for America in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. On a mission to rescue missing marines, Zamperini’s plane experiences engine failure, leaving him and the other two survivors to float adrift on the Pacific Ocean for 47 days. During this period of time they face many dangers on the open seas, such as being shot at by Japanese planes, sharks, storms, and one of the crew members even falls victim to starvation. Zamperini and his remaining partner Russell
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. Through countless trials of abuse and humiliation, Louie finds himself understanding the cruel extent of human suffering and how difficult it can be to escape from that suffering. “From the moment that Watanabe locked eyes with Louie Zamperini, an officer, a famous Olympian, and a man for whom defiance was second nature, no man obsessed him more” (Hillenbrand 244). This odd infatuation with Louie would soon cause hell on Earth for Louie, leaving him open to furious beatings and constant fear. Watanabe, or the Bird, would push Louie to extreme limits, depriving him physically and slowly shattering his mentality.
Imagine being stranded on an island in the 1930s when your 12. Your with a group of boys that you don't know and there are no adults. How would you act? The Lord Of The Flies is a book about a group of british boys that were on a plane that crashed in the middle of the ocean on an island. It was during World War 2 and no adults survived the crash.
The cruelty of the German officers also changed the other Jews as well. The events of the Holocaust forces the prisoners to fend for themselves, and not help others. On Elie’s fourth day at Buna, some prisoners are chosen by the Kapos to work in a warehouse counting bolts, bulbs, and small electrical parts. Elie describes the Kapos choosing the prisoners to work: “Each one began to choose the men he liked: "You...you...you... " They pointed their fingers, the way one might choose cattle, or merchandise” (Wiesel 49). The Kapos treat prisoners
Since Asian Americans constantly had their basic human rights stripped, they could not assimilate in America. One of the fundamental rights of American citizens, is the right to a trial. The author of the article writes, “Many Issei men were sent to federal prison without trials or evidence,” a clear violation of rights. Additionally, regarding discrimination, the article states, “They [Japanese immigrants] immediately began to encounter blatant discrimination and exploitation from employers and neighbors, a recurring theme in the novel. Ultimately, this article will strongly support my second claim that Asian Americans had their rights stripped, barring them from
March 20th, 1993 is when the Holocaust began and when the world saw Jewish men and women move to ghettos and concentration camps around the world. The Jews were taken from their homes, jobs and schools because of the religion they embraced and the culture they represented. From a young age, they were segregated from the rest of the world and discriminated against by a pretentious leader. During these times Nazis would give them false hope and allow them to bring small relics and heirlooms to feel safe. However, the Jews had no clue about the terrific life that was soon to come as they would suffer starvation, molestation, and experimentation.
Louie’s crew was on a search for another plane that had crashed in the Pacific. Only three of the eleven in the crew survived. Louie, Mac, and Phil(Hillenbrand 125). In the first two weeks on the ocean in the safety raft, they saw two planes. They flared them both, but both passed by(Hillenbrand 138).
For example, when Louie, Phil, and Mac were stranded at sea for forty-six days, he had kept everyone’s spirits and hopes up so they wouldn’t all be overcome with insanity. Louie and his crew had just crashed their B-24D Army Air Force bomber into the Pacific Ocean and the only crew members that had survived were Louie, Phil, and Mac. These three men had made their way onto the inflatable life raft where they had suffered from a lack of food and water, heat stroke, poor hygiene, and just overall terrible conditions. But, to keep everyone’s minds sharp Louie suggested singing songs and to keep talking to each other about anything that would keep their minds off of the current situation that they were in. While the men were on the raft Louie said, “Within a few days of the crash, Louie began peppering the other two with questions on every conceivable subject…They told and retold stories…Phil sang church hymns; Louie taught the other two the lyrics to “White Christmas”(page 152-153).
This was based upon the problem and issue of mistaken identity, when there would be times where other Marines and American soldiers assumed that a Navajo Code Talker was Japanese and would try to kill or capture them. The use of these bodyguards was also put into practice in the event of preventing a Code Talker from being captured by Japanese soldiers, who would try to torture them for information on the Code System. While having assigned guards wasn’t a standard procedure, years after the war few veterans learned that there was another solider watching them. Bill Toledo claimed that he had never known that one of his fellow Marines was assigned to him, replying “I just thought that he was my partner, my foxhole buddy…I didn’t find out until 1987.” One guard was also charged with orders that he was to never let the Code Talker out of his sight and that neither one of them was to be captured. However, there many others who didn’t know anything about the bodyguards, such as Navajo Code Talker Keith Little who stated, “I don’t know nothing about bodyguards.
Next, Louie needed to use his agency to gain control in the POW camps, because he was sick of being treated poorly, and after the war he had to gain control and change his habits. On page 175, “From the moment Watanabe locked eyes with Louie Zamperini and officer, a famous Olympian, and an inherently defiant man no one obsessed him more” (175). Then, Louie’s life was being taken away by Watanabe as Louie lost his dignity, Watanabe gained more pride.In the chapter named Hunted, “The Bird tried to knock Louie down; Louie wouldn’t fall. Other prisoners told him to give in or the Bird would beat him to death. Louie couldn’t do it” (181).
Peace Within Internment Camps As John Lennon once said, “Peace is not something you wish for; it’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away” (Lennon). Although not all Japanese-Americans were spies, there were many to watch out for in the United States. President Roosevelt signed an executive order that led to the relocation of the Japanese to internment camps in order to keep America safe and have the descendants from Japan prove their loyalty to the country, but it also created opportunities for the Japanese years later. Japanese-Americans suffered mistreatment throughout the whole war. They could not become citizens, own land, or vote.