Wound Dresser And Unbroken: A Literary Analysis

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C.S Lewis said, “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become”. Literature is an appreciable and significant thing in society. However, some literature works happen to have some similarities or parallels in themes or characters with others. Two pieces of literature that do just that are Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and “The Wound Dresser” by Walt Whitman. These two pieces of text are about two different soldiers memories and experiences while at war. The parallels between Louie and The Wound Dresser are they both have people interested about their war stories, took care of people during the war, and did their best to stay positive during the war.
Louie and The Wound Dresser both
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At some point during the war they were both trying to help people heal and get better, whether it be mentally or physically. “ I dress a wound in the side, deep, deep” (Whitman 3) Whitman states in the poem. The Wound Dresser is dressing a wound, it seems as though his name is rather uncreative. He is dressing a wound, therefore helping someone heal and trying to save people from the damage inflicted upon them. In Unbroken, when Louie, Mac, and Phil are in the boat,“Louie was determined to keep himself and the others lucid” (Hillenbrand 114). Louie was playing mind games and doing trivia with Phil and Mac, so that they didn’t go insane while they were on the boat. He was attempting to help everyone, including himself because sanity was the only thing that kept them from completely falling apart and losing all hope of ever going home. To get out of their situation, they needed sanity and to remember how to survive. In both texts, there was a form of helping and taking care of another person and/or
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