Unbroken essay

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Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand is written about the perspective of a young Olympic runner named Louis Zamperini. He is from Torrance, California. Life for him was normal until the he was called into service for his country. It was then when one of his most unforgettable experiences developed.
Louis who is not a lone survivor shared his horrendous experiences with Russell Phillips. Together they went through the hardship of surviving not only through a plane crash but also a POW camp. The plane crash leaves him and two other crew members, one of which being Philips, stranded in the pacific on a raft for 40 days with little provisions which could barely last them the night. With occasional rainwater and fish they were able to survive long enough to be found by a Japanese plane. By that time it was too late to save the unknown crew member. Now just only Philips and Zamperini are left both being treated at a Japanese hospital where they will be restored to full health to just be stored into a prisoner of war camp. “…Clubbing him, jamming pen knives under his fingernails, tearing his fingernails off, and applying the water cure…”(Hillenbrand 201). Zamperini was stuck being tortured almost every day until the second nuke dropped on Nagasaki. Both adversities making a tremendous impact on their lives yet they still found a way to cope with it.
The author shows great craftsmanship skills through the three major claims of dignity, resilience, and redemption. Laura Hillenbrand demonstrates dignity is just as important as anything else needed to live. “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 th...

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...a Applewhite. When Zamperini met Cynthia she changed him and led him to forgetting some of the past. “He was a body on a raft, dying of thirst. He felt words whisper from his swollen lips. It was a promise thrown at heaven, a promise he had not kept, a promise he allowed himself to forget until just this instant: If you will save me, I will serve you forever” (375). This quote exemplified how he had not fulfilled what he had promised for God and how by having something to believe in made him move on from his past leaving him with no more dreams about Bird or any other part of the camp.
I learned to always keep your honor, never give up, and fight to survive! This book entertained me but I’m not really into the biography style that it was written in. I would recommend the book. The storyline was very interesting just wasn’t the style that I was looking for in a book.
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