The Role Of Survival In Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken

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As the American industrialist, Henry Ford, once said, “Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.” In Laura Hillenbrand’s nonfiction book Unbroken, the brave Louis Zamperini embodies Ford’s quote when his plane collides into the Pacific during World War II. He has recognized he has a minimal chance of survival, Louie not only tried to keep himself at the brink of survival, but also retain the health of the two other crewmen.

At the beginning of his life, Louie’s delinquent behavior got him into tons of misfortune. More
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Drafted into the military in 1943. May 27, 1943, Louie awoke prepared for a typical day, not knowing in just hours an event that would put his life through hell. His WW II bomber would crash into the Pacific,a fter Phil had told the lieutenant the plane had not been trustworthy. He had survived the crash. Now that Louie is alive, his mission is to stay conscious. Phil is quickly losing blood and Mac is panicking. Now the one in charge, Louie saves his crewmates, Phil says, “I’m glad it was you, Zamp,” (132). Phil is glad Louie survived because he wouldn’t of survived if it was anyone else. Louie’s courageous aspect had helped keep Phil and himself alive. Remaining positive, Louie had held his head up high even in times of grief. When Mac dies, Louie told him, “he would die tonight” (171), Mac had no reaction. Sadly, he did indeed pass away. Louie had said several prays and watched his body sink deeply into the Pacific Ocean. Louie had been brave enough to tell a soldier the truth, and watch a him leave, even though he and Phil had survived. It would have been better to die in a raft, than suffer one of the most disgusting times in history, being a

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