Week 1- Pages 1- 95 of Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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A Rediscovered Passion
Come on, Iron Man!
Ride of a Lifetime
We'll be listening for your success on the radio.
Odyssey to the Olympics
How am I going to run in this heat!?
In this scene, Louie Zamperini, a prodigious track athlete and later World War II veteran, rediscovers his passion for the sport. After not qualifying for the Olympics in the mile run, Louie gave up and decided to move on from his track career. When his older brother Pete forced him to try the 5,000 meter run, he not only qualified for the Olympic trials, but was only seconds short of setting a world record, as shown on the clock. His family and hometown friends urge him forward by shouting common names for Louie. This scene is crucial to the plot, as it redirects Louie's mindset and is the beginning of a unbelievable life.
This scene portrays the evening of July 3rd, 1936. A life-changing moment for not only the Zamperinis, but the entire town of Torrance. On this day, Louie left for the other side of the country to begin his journey to Tokyo, Japan for the Olympics. The objects in the picture depict unwritten personalities and reflect the way of the world in the 1930's. The town sends Louie across the country with " a wallet bulging with traveling money, a train ticket, new clothes, a shaving kit, and a suitcase emblazoned with the words 'Torrance Tornado'". In today's society, those objects could be seen as ordinary essentials; but in 1936, they were paramount gifts. Additionally, Louie covers the phrase on his suitcase with a piece of tape, fearing he would look too brash. This reveals his humble personality he developed in his early stages of fame.
I chose this scene because it shows the start to Louie's rediscovered career. In it, Louie arrives in New York to run in the Olympic trials in the summer of 1936--the hottest summer on record in America. Training through this heat wave is only the beginning to Louie's long life of obstacles. His life in New York introduces him to many new friends, opportunities, and a journey only he can withstand.
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