Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Japanese cultural values at the time stated that there was little more shameful than to surrender to one's enemies. Dying in the fight is a glorious honor. Surrendering is a great humiliation. That...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2020 4:58 pm UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

In the most basic of terms, Louis Zamperini does not break. He withstands all of the pressure placed upon him and he never breaks. He is put under the most intense of forces in the most brutal of...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2014 3:34 pm UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

The theme of resilience is carried throughout Unbroken. While it is most evident for the period of Louie Zamperini’s imprisonment, Hillenbrand effectively conveys resilience as an innate personal...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018 8:11 pm UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Although one could argue there are multiple antagonists in Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand—including the ocean and Louis Zamperini's own self-doubt—perhaps the most accurate answer would be Mutsuhiro...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2016 5:00 pm UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Unbroken traces the life of Louis (Louie) Zamperini, an Italian American from California, through his return to the United States and recovery from incarceration as a prisoner of war during World...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2019 12:41 am UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

In a way, the important part is that Louie survived and was unbroken although there was no good reason that he was not broken by the torturous treatment of captives who found a way to justify...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2011 8:08 am UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

In 1934, Louis Zamperini set an interscholastic high school record in the mile. He ran the mile in 4 minutes and 21.2 seconds. A week later he finished first in the same event at the California...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2019 12:36 pm UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

One of the most important feel-good moments in the book was the forgiveness of Louie. He was undoubtedly mistreated in the prisoner of war camp, but he still forgave them. When Louie returns to...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015 11:51 am UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

The book is divided into five parts. Chapters 1 through 5 comprise Part I. They span the years from Louis Zamperini's childhood, from his birth in 1917, until the United States enters World War II...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2018 1:12 am UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

In this question, I assume that you are asking about the stops that Louie Zamperini made after leaving Hawaii on the fateful search mission that ended up with his plane crashing and him eventually...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2015 1:53 am UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

I encourage you to look at chapter 23, "Monster," in the book, for the very first descriptions of the Bird (or Corporal Watanabe), as they seem to sum him up the most directly. In his first...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2011 10:24 am UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

I would say that one of the major themes of Hillenbrand's work is the struggle to survive. Louis embodies this at different points in the work. The human need to survive is a driving force behind...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2012 1:26 pm UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

The title of the book summarizes how Hillenbrand views Louis' narrative. Louis endures so much that would have "broken" many others. Yet, he is not destroyed by his experiences. His time as a...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2012 11:07 pm UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

I think it could be argued that Zamperini's motivation to live was not driven by an external factor (say, a relationship back home) but rather, came directly from within. It was in his nature to...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2011 11:10 pm UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Throughout her biography of Louis Zamperini, author Lauren Hillenbrand demonstrates the close connections between efforts to achieve positive goals and to endure horrific experiences. Zamperini,...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2021 6:02 am UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Chapter 17 of Laura Hillenbrand’s story of Louie Zamperini’s life as athlete, military aviator, and prisoner-of-war during World War II, Unbroken, is the part of Zamperini’s story where he and Phil...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2014 1:51 am UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

In Unbroken at the beginning of Chapter 5, Louie is in USC training with the track team. He has already made a name for himself in the sport and is set on being on the Olympic team. Shortly...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011 4:39 am UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Hello! You asked what Louie referred to as 'fearfully beautiful' in 'Unbroken: A World War II Story Of Survival, Resilience And Redemption.' Louis Silvie Zamperini is the son of Italian immigrants....

Latest answer posted June 12, 2015 4:07 pm UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Louie can be seen as a Christ figure in a couple of distinct ways. The first is the element of sacrifice. His sacrifice for country can be seen as Christ- like in that he endures more pain and...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2012 6:13 am UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

First of all, let me say that this is a particularly difficult assignment. It assumes, by nature, that you have read both Unbroken and To Kill a Mockingbird and have an understanding of these two...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2011 3:31 am UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

In my mind, I think that the best way to describe multiple characters in one paragraph is to find a theme or a character trait that encompasses all of them. This can be used to construct a...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2012 5:07 am UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Hillenbrand's books have been hailed as "meticulously researched and powerful." Unbroken, much like her first bestseller Seabuiscut, is written in a style that walks a fine line between objective...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2012 9:51 am UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

The greatest example of redemption in A Christmas Carol comes when Scrooge wakes up on Christmas morning as a man transformed. After receiving all those visits from the spirits the night before,...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020 11:34 am UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

While Zamperini and Glass's experiences are vastly different, both men show immense fortitude in the face of danger, and both survive against the odds. However, while Zamperini is driven by the...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2021 1:04 pm UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

While different people can construct the importance of ten figures in Hillenbrand's work, I think that some basics can establish a path to it. Louie is the protagonist, so he would be considered a...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2012 2:12 am UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Unbroken, a work of nonfiction, is not a novel. It is primarily a biography focusing on Louis (Louie) Zamperini’s experiences as a prisoner of war. The book has been criticized, however, for taking...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2018 8:43 pm UTC

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

The story focuses on Louie, a standout on the track field and his remarkable story of surviving being held captive as a POW during WW II. His story is an amazing story of the inner strength a...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2014 5:34 pm UTC

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