Louie Zamperini : An American Hero Essay

975 Words Dec 1st, 2015 4 Pages
Louie Zamperini goes through a terrifying but amazing experience. Louie Zamperini is an American hero. He displays courage and persistence. This is shown by his will to stand up and defend his country and not give in to the enemy. Even at his worst time he doesn 't give up; he takes the pain and makes himself stronger as a person. Louie Zamperini fought through many things throughout his life. Even as a child he was bullied and harassed, “Louie was a marked boy. Bullies, drawn by his oddity and hoping to goad him into uttering Italian curses, pelted him with rocks, taunted him, punched him, and kicked him” (Hillenbrand 9). This quote from Unbroken demonstrates how Louie Zamperini was a child who suffered from bullying. To be bullied at such a young stage can cause damage to children, because they start to lose confidence which is key to growing up. As Louie life progresses we see that he still suffered from provocation and bullying, “A coach told Louie that some of his rival coaches were ordering their runners to sharpen their spikes and slash him” (Hillenbrand 43). Knowing this, Louie dismisses what the coach says because he does not think someone would do such a thing; Louie was wrong. During the race Louie had to overcome people slashing into him, stepping on his foot with spikes and even elbowing him breaking, Louie’s rib. However, with Louie perseverance he prevailed and finished with a NCAA record, one that was not broken for 15 years.
Louie had faced many…

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