What is the most important part of Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption?
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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 violating the international code of conduct toward prisoners of war. But perhaps Louie might say the important part was the survival that began with a Billy Graham sermon, the forgiveness that came in the middle along with the charity to meet his oppressor and forgive him face to face, and ended with running the Olympic Torch in 1998 amidst smiling Japanese faces.
Clearly, the title gives us a strong indication about what the most important part of this book is. The way in which Louie is able to endure so much and remain unbroken is a tremendous witness to the strength of human nature and the way that one spirit can remain "unbroken" in the face of so much damage and deprivation. Certainly for me an episode that is crucial to Louie's journey is when he confronts his former tormentor again.
If we are to consider the importance of the book in general, I would say that there has not been much World War II fiction focusing on Japanese Internment Camps. I know this, I have looked. Therefore I think this is a valuable book. This is a period in our history that we need to bring to light.
I think that the most important part of the book is when Louie reclaims his life from the ghosts of the past and from self- doubt. The experience of being a POW during the war was one that took a psychological toll on Louie. To be able to repiece together his life from the demons that stem from such pain was one of the most essential portions of the work. The idea demonstrating resilience and redemption, evidenced in the title, is something that comes from the basic idea of being able piece together his own experience is something that provides an immense amount of hope in the narrative. To be able to confront his tormentor, as well as come to peace with what happened is extremely inspiring and something that represents a sense of importance in the narrative. I think that this becomes representative of how Louie, or anyone, can overcome the pain and struggle in their contingent settings and believe in something universal as opposed to acquiescing to what is contextual. It is here where I think that one can take life lessons from the novel, something that allows the reader to understand how Louie's narrative can connect to our own.
Great question- I believe that it is the resilient nature of Louie Zamperini that is the most important quality of this novel. It is his resilient nature that allows him to overcome everything thrown at him during his lifetime. This includes, of course, the redemptive phase of the story, although I also wished that more emphasis was given toward this phase of his life.
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