You probably don't need Unbroken to tell you this, but crash landing in the Pacific is not fun.
Fending off shark attacks? Nope, not fun either. And neither is being forced to
clean up a pig sty with your bare hands in a Japanese POW camp, or chronic
alcoholism. Louie Zamperini's life sees a whole lot of suffering over the
course of a few very long years. However, the book is called Unbroken, notBroken—so though Louie
suffers, he doesn't let it keep him down.
Questions About Suffering
How does the pain Louie suffers through during his running career help prepare him for the pain experiences during war?
How does Louie's family suffer while Louie is away? How do they cope with it?
What do you think is the worst event Louie has to suffer through? Would you be able to deal with it?
Why does the Bird get pleasure from inflicting suffering on others?
Chew on This
The things Louie suffers through would be enough to break
most people, but you read the title: Louie remains <em>Unbroken. </em>
The physical pain is terrible, but the emotional pain
inflicts the most long-lasting damage on Louie. Telling his story is a way to
alleviate that pain, and help others who are suffering through emotional strife
of their own.