Study Guide

Unbroken Perseverance

By Laura Hillenbrand


When Winston Churchill said "If you're going through hell, keep going," he might as well have been talking about Louie Zamperini, whose picture should come up every time someone Googles perseverance. If Laura Hillenbrand wrote "Louie went through hell," she would have been glossing over a lot, but she still would have been accurate.

In Unbroken, we see Louie survive crash landings, shark attacks, Japanese POW camps, and PTSD with a little luck and a heck of a lot of personal strength and tenacious determination. 

Questions About Perseverance

  1. What inspires Louie to keep going and push through impossible odds?
  2. Do you think you would have the strength to persevere through the same trials that Louie does?
  3. Does everyone have the same drive Louie has? Do people around him ever give up?
  4. What trials does Louie have to persevere through after the war?

Chew on This

Louie grows up in a time when perseverance was the natural fact of life. His parents persevered, living in a one-room shack with an outhouse, and they passed that tenacity onto their son.

Running requires a certain mentality, one that allows the runner to push himself for miles and miles. Without that runners' mentality, Louie probably would not have survived everything he had to suffer through during the war. 

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