Unbroken Short Story

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WWII will remain as one of the most tragic wars of all time. With an astounding death toll of over 60 million people- 3% of the world's population in 1940. In the books Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and Night by Elie Wiesel the horrors of WWII are told in detail about the main characters near death experiences. Hope is a defining factor throughout the journeys of main characters Louie and Eliezer. The theme of hope in the face of adversity is a theme common to both stories. No matter how dire the situation may seem, there is always hope to be found.
In Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, there is much to say about the ordeal and odyssey about Louie the main character. Louie was an Olympic runner who was brutalized as a prisoner of war in Japan and was stranded on a raft for 47 days. There is no way he should have survived the horrific times he had endured, but he did. There were plenty of trials and tribulations that could have made Louie give up, but the worst was being stranded on a raft only to be found by the Japanese and thrown into a POW camp. During these times Louie was sick, starving, and being tortured by a sadistic guard they called “the Bird.” With small acts of defiance, he was able to preserve his dignity and persevere to make it through, even though every time he passed one obstacle, he felt there were thousands more. Laura Hillenbrand then states “The same attributes that had made [Louie] the boy terror of Torrance were keeping him alive in the greatest struggle

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