By: Sofia Cyrus
As a young boy, Louie Zamperini is always getting into trouble. With the help of his older brother, he turns his life around and channels his energy into running. His brother was in track and field, then Louie carried on the tradition. He became very good at running and ended up being a track star. He was so fast that he left his family and friends to go train for the Olympics. When World War II breaks out, Louie enlists in the military. His plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean. He ended up surviving 47 days adrift in a raft. He was with his two friends, Mac and Phil, but only Phil survived. They both fell asleep one night, and woke up entering a Japanese POW camp. He survives, despite being pursued by a sadistic guard nicknamed the Bird, punched in the face over two hundred times, and forced to clean a pigsty with his bare hands. Louie gets home safely to reunite with his family and to marry his first love, Cynthia. The cause of adversity was Louie leaving to go train for the Olympics, ending up at a Japanese military camp. The effect is that he has the perseverance to never give up. He survived until the end.