Analysis Of The Book Unbroken

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Randy Pausch once said, “No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse (Goodreads).” This statement reflects the theme of human conditions that have been encountered by the characters in the novel, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Human condition discusses the idea of the positive and negative aspects of existence as a human being (Dictionary). As Hillenbrand recounts the journey to survival during the World War II of Louie Zamperini, she created an inspiring, non-fiction literature. Louie Zamperini was once a young boy, completely different compared to what he had become as a man. As a young boy, he was persistent and stubborn who listened to no one. In the long run, his persistent character derived him to be an Olympic runner,…show more content…
As a teen, Zamperini acknowledges that great things demand hard work and if a person is exceptionally persistent, he will become unstoppable to achieve his goal. The words, “A lifetime of glory is worth a moment of pain (34)” illustrates Zamperini as a strongminded character. Although this quote has only been said in chapter four, it remained remarkable since the beginning of the story. These were the words of Pete that resonates in Zamperini’s head during the exhilarating moments he encounters. Pete is a loyal friend of Zamperini and the coach who never gets tired to motivate Zamperini. The inspiration words of Pete also echoes the social commentary of the human experience that people at any point in their life will experience pain, and the question is not why they have to suffer. But, will the outcome worth the pain. Since, everyone has the free will to decide which goals they desire to accomplish, it is also essential for them to realize that accomplishment is the product of hard work. In the novel, Zamperini strives to win Olympics for distance running. He trained so hard to prepare for this big competition that he begins to be numb from any pain. Therefore, Zamperini as a teenager discovered his defiance character is indeed the key into running. Due to perseverance, he uncovers a phenomenal gift that lead him…show more content…
In the novel, the author emphasizes that the dignity of a person will be challenged, and they have to fight to preserve it no matter what. In World War II, many American prisoners had their dignities robbed by the Japanese tormentor. At that unspeakable moment of their lives, they have struggled to maintain their human dignity. “Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man 's soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it (205).” With this quote, hillenbrand highlights the importance of human dignity as she compares it to basic needs of people. Therefore, each person should fight for their dignity regardless what might challenge it. There were various unbearable events that have challenged the human dignity in Unbroken. There were times when Zamperini was on the verge of giving up to preserve his dignity when he was taken by the Japanese army from the ocean. However, he discovered that he was much stronger than he thought he was. Another conflict is when Zamperini suffered to maintain his dignity while being held captive by his tormentors. “He felt his consciousness slipping, his mind losing adhesion, until all he knew was a single thought: He cannot break me (264).” Hillenbrand illustrates that challenging times often

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