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

by Laura Hillenbrand

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Compare and contrast Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption and The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.

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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 need to survive a war in which he has been drafted to fight, Glass is driven by his desire for revenge. Zamperini is on a group mission as part of a group of airmen (although he later suffers forms of isolation while imprisoned and singled out for hardship), while Glass is more of a solo man on a mission.

The situations that Zamperini and Glass survived were both dire, but vastly different. Zamperini was a bombardier in World War II and endured much, from losing friends and being in near-death situations to being stranded at sea and becoming a prisoner of war. He endured beatings, interrogations, and untold horror. Glass, on the other hand, is attacked by a bear, which leads directly to everything else that happens to him. After being robbed, he is driven by the pursuit of revenge and goes in pursuit of those who have wronged him. This is in stark contrast to Zamperini, who is called up to fight for his country, which leads to his struggle for survival.

Both authors convey the horror and specific detail of what their protagonists endured.

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