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

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In Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, how is Louie a Christ figure?

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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 tremendous suffering for the welfare of others.  There is nothing in way...

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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 tremendous suffering for the welfare of others.  There is nothing in way of personal glory or gain evident.  What he endures is for others, in some respects making his a Christ- like figure.  The abuse he suffers as a Prisoner of War is compatible to the abuse that Christ suffered at the hands of the Romans.  I would say that bookending this would be his journey towards forgiveness and a sense of peace regarding his captors.  Through his undertaking of Christianity as part of his life, Louie returns to Japan not as an "avenging angel," but rather as one who has found a sense of peace in where he is going and who he is.  The same peace that is found in Jesus' resolution to die on the cross and sacrifice for humanity is something that can be seen in Louie extending forgiveness and living with an absence of anger and animosity for what was done to him.  These would be where I think clear comparisons can be seen between Louie and the symbol of Christ as a figure.

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