Faith In Unbroken

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According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, “POWs held by the Japanese had PTSD lifetime rates of 84% and current rates of 59%” (Engdahl). This quote was strengthened by Laura Hillenbrand’s novel, Unbroken, tells the real-life story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini. Louie was an Olympic athlete and a war hero. As a child, he was rambunctious and a troublemaker, but as he grew older, he became a man with skill and courage. The war changed Louie; he had endured starvation, dehydration, and torture, yet he approached this with dignity and strength. Hillenbrand provides a sense of what Louie suffered through and how he used faith to overcome the many obstacles of war. The war had a major impact on Louie. He suffered through it, but he also had the ability to overcome it. In the POW camp, Louie was greeted by a Japanese officer named Mutsuhiro Watanabe, or…show more content…
Whether it be in someone or something, it still exists and is used all over the world. Most people put their faith into a person, such as God, Jesus, Buddha, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and many other beings. Faith keeps people sane in the hard times of life. Faith seems to act as a protective layer. Although, most people will not go through what Louie went through, the belief is what keeps them going. In some situations, faith leads to survival or, even just happiness. It depends on how they use their faith to help them advance. To end with, Louie Zamperini uses faith to diminish his suffering during the war. His suffering led to pain and loss of dignity and identity, but since he had faith, it was not as bad as it could have been. Louie uses faith to create a “pillow” to catch him as he keeps falling deeper into the tortures of war. This helped him lessen the suffering of both himself and the other POWs he encountered. Although war can change a person mentally and psychically, having something to believe in can make it easier to

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