SUMMARY-In the novel Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Louie Zamperini fights as a bombardier in World War II. Louie ends up crashing one of his planes and is forced to face the brutal struggles of the ocean. Finding land after 47 days of being stranded, Louie becomes a prisoner of war to the Japanese. He is beaten, starved, and worked to near death where he learns how to survive anything that is thrown at him. He becomes resilient which is what led him to survive.
In the book All the Broken Pieces, by Ann e. Burg, the main character Matt Pin compares himself to his bother Tommy. He describes how their physical features, along with their emotions and metal stage, are divergent. Matt correlates himself to fall, while he compares his sibling to summer.
Among the Hidden is a science fiction novel written by Margaret Peterson Haddix, published in 1998. Luke Garner is hiding from the Population Police. He meets a brave girl named Jen, who wants to revolt against the government because she is a third child like Luke. The Garners live on a farm in a community where families can only have two children. In the fall, the woods behind twelve-year-old Luke’s house are destroyed. Luke must stay hidden!
Jimmy knows too well the agonies of abandonment. First, when his mother, Cecilia, ran away with Richard to pursue a better lifestyle. Then, due to his father’s, Damacio Baca, alcoholisms and violent behavior; he also had to leave Jimmy behind. In spite of the drawbacks from abandonment to being a maximum security prisoner in Arizona State Prison, Jimmy preserver’s the darkness of prison by overcoming his illiteracy. However Cecilia and Damacio is not as fortunate as their child; Cecilia is shot by Richard after confronting him for a divorce and Damacio chokes to death after he is released from the detox center(Baca 263). Therefore the most significant event in this section of the memoir, A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca is the death of Jimmy’s parents.
In the novel, All the Broken Pieces, by Ann E. Burg, Matt makes a comparison between himself and his brother when he defines his brother as “summer” and himself as “fall”. This metaphor can be explained not only by their physical features, but their emotional and mental characteristics as well. His brother features summer and hasn’t faced any misery, while he himself looks like fall and has come across atrocious things.
Throughout Ishmael’s book A Long Way Gone it’s very clear that Ishmael was forced to provide for himself when he was isolated in the wild and always on the run. He had to battle starvation, deal with extreme weather and remain sane despite all the crazy things he was going through. Although Ishmael was tested by all the factors, he showed resilience and ended up being the only one in his immediate family to survive the war. On page 54 (sixth line from the bottom to the third line from the bottom) it says, “Sometimes I watched the little monkeys practice jumping from tree to tree or watched the curious eye of a deer that sensed my presence. The sounds of branches snapping off trees become my music.
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines takes place in 1940’s, a time period of segregation. This was a time when blacks were often at fault for a crime they did not commit, such as what transpired in this book. A man named Jefferson was convicted of a crime he did not commit and was insulted during court. Now his family, friends, and even Jefferson himself were trying to prove the white community wrong about their beliefs that a black man is unequal and lacks dignity against Jefferson and the black community. Not only is Jefferson going through a period of suffering on death row, but others, like Grant Wiggins and Miss Emma, are also facing their struggles and they will try to prove others wrong and redeem themselves through knowledge,
“Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others.” ~ Barry Bonds. In this world bad situations occur frequently and it takes a good strong person to handle them in a mature way. Dealing with them this way not only shows that the person has self-control, but also makes them a good role model for people to look up to. In the book The Chosen, Chaim Potok uses Mr. Galanter to express his opinions of a good role model. Acting as a baseball coach and gym teacher, young boys look to him for guidance and motivation every day. Having this kind of position causes stress at times, and requires him to stay calm and level headed. Throughout this book, Mr. Galanter
Ishmael Beah was an ordinary twelve year old boy from Sierra Leone, until one night changed his entire life. The author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy soldier is Ishmael Beah himself because he wanted to portray is life journey for readers to understand what life is like for children fighting to live their lives during warfare.
A Lesson Before Dying A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines tells the story of a black man, Jefferson, with unequal rights, being accused of killing a white man. Although, the accusation was far from being right, he is a black man, and blacks were treated unfairly. Throughout the journey of the trial, Jefferson and Grant became very close, and they both learned a lot from each other and the trial. Grant learns the lesson of being a man, because he develops feelings, and becomes humble.
The novel When the Legends Die is about an American Indian who is forced to adapt to modern life after living in isolation in the wilderness. He and his mother Bessie flee to the mountains in fear of receiving punishment for Bessie’s husband’s crime of killing frank No Deer. He starts the book as a boy and dependent on his mother, but he is forced to grow up fast after he loses both his parents. Tom lives an isolated life at his lodge living in the old way that he was taught growing up. Tom’s situation is found out by Blue Elk and he insists he adapt to the new way and go to school. It is from this point on Thomas sees his life and himself change in many ways. He also stays constant in some of his innate traits and characteristics. The changes
The novel “Out of the Dust,” by Karen Hesse is a story that teaches great lessons and a story could have happened to anyone or make an impact on anyone's life. In this novel, there is a young girl named Billie Jo. She has a rough life with not a lot of good things mixed in. She has a lot of downfalls in her life with a couple of uprisings. Even though she doesn’t have the best life she is grateful for what she does have. Her life taught me and could teach others to be thankful and grateful for what you have and to live life to the fullest. Also to keep pushing through the hard times, soon good things will come out of it because everything happens for a reason.
The characters in after the first death act cruelly towards each other in many situations. Characters Miro and Artkin who are the terrorist that hijacked a bus of children, commit cruel acts towards other throughout the whole book. Kate and the general also act cruelly toward other characters in the book. All of these characters act cruelly in the book for different reasons. Miro is a major character in “After the first death”, he was raised in a terrorist camp and believes that his cause is the most important thing without fully understanding what his cause is.
In the book Out of My Mind, author Sharon M. Draper creates a character named Melody. Melody was born with a gift; she was gifted with brains and with a photographic memory. She was also born with a disability, cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder which causes Melody to be bound to a wheelchair because of the severity of it. She does not have control of her limbs but has figured out a way to maneuver her electric wheelchair with her thumbs. Melody is faced with challenges that cause her to lose and gain socially, physically, and emotionally aspects through out the text.
In “The Journey to the West,” the monk was accompanied by Pigsy, the Sha Monk, the Handsome Monkey King, and the horse. Each of these supporting characters possess a certain magical ability that assisted the monk on his journey, additionally they had their own flaws. This contrasts the monk, which has no magical ability and was devoted buddhism. The strengths, weaknesses, and backgrounds of these supporting characters encapsulate the idea of buddhism throughout the novel, and by including them and Xuanzang the book is able to summarize the idea of buddhism.