Masculinity In Unbroken

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From Medals to Manacles: How determination freed a soldier thought unsaveable Animosity is a force we often find ourselves contending with in life's many paths. Whether it be on the individual or group as a whole, the clear-cut solution may not always be clear, and oftentimes may only amount to one’s inner strength or “...sense of self-worth, the innermost armament of the soul, lies at the heart of humanness…”(135) as Laura Hillenbrand describes it. Hillenbrand, a best-selling author well known for her nonfiction works such as Seabiscuit, exemplifies the true value of inner strength in her novel Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Told through the eyes of olympic sprinter turned prisoner of war, Louis Zamperini, …show more content…
Many readers may be able to relate their own personal experiences to the above quote; whether it be with bullies or racial discrimination. Furthermore, Hillenbrand includes a direct account from Zamperini’s sibling Sylvia. Appealing heavily to the reader’s sense of logic, this description by Louie’s sister can be taken as a direct source which enhances the believability of the recountment. Structure-wise, the author favors the use of two relatively short sentences at both the beginning and end of the selection, “He was a marked boy,” followed by “ He just put his hands in front of his face and took it.” Both of these excerpts stand out as the first introduces the reader into the selection with an ominous tone and likewise ends end on a similar note with the second. When compared to the surrounding sentences, both carry a relatively short message, which further enhances their impactfulness. Not only was Louie targeted he was “marked”; or better yet, he didn’t only refuse to run, he “took it”. Both sentences carry a purposely blunt wording to them, which only emphasises the theme of hardiness that Hillenbrand pursues throughout the