Presentation on theme: "Chapter 12: Downed Unbroken Part III. Interesting Events: The Narrative The Green Hornet has just gone down due to engine failure and Louie survived the."— Presentation transcript:
Interesting Events: The Narrative The Green Hornet has just gone down due to engine failure and Louie survived the crash Phil suffered an injury to the head that threatened his life After almost floating away, two rafts were secured for the three survivors: Louie, Mac, and Phil
The Life Raft The three men were cramped in two rafts, equipped with: 1.Military D Ration Bars by Hershey (pictured left) 2. Half-pint tins of water 3. Brass mirror 4. Flare gun (pictured left) 5. Sea dye 6. Fish hooks and fishing line 7. Patch kit (pictured left) 8. Air pumps 9. Set of pliers with screwdriver
Problems with the raft: – The provisions were inadequate for three men – No sun shade – No camouflage tarp (could be easily spotted by enemy planes**) – No bailing bucket, sun ointment, anchor, first aid kit, flashlight, fishing bait, scissors, whistle – No radio transmitter – No water desalinizing kit **All because the Green Hornet had not been furnished with this updated kit while most other planes had been- “Delivery was delayed”** The Life Raft
The Three Men Francis McNamara: “Mac” – Survived crash injury-free – Seemed “glazed over”- something was “off” – “We’re going to die”- Mac Lt. Russell Allen Phillips: “Phil” – Suffered a head injury and was losing blood Louie Zamperini – Set ground rules for each man (i.e. rationing chocolate) – Secured both life rafts for the men – Tended to Phil’s wound – Stood out as the leader early on Mac, the day before the crash (May 1943) Phil, the Pilot Louie, the Bombadier
The First Night Sharks started circling the boat – Were so close they could be touched – Rubbing against the bottom of the boat- Louie could feel them on his back The three men were shivering The chapter closes with Mac awake, alone, and fearful
Purpose of the Chapter This chapter describes the dire situation after surviving the plane – Though they escaped the wreckage, they were far from “safe” Hillenbrand clarifies each man’s role – Mac- afraid, in shock; is “stirring” at the end – Phil- in poor physical condition; fighting to survive – Louie- ready to take on challenges (helped Phil; secured raft; assigned roles; “woke up” Mac)
Impact on the Reader Knew the plane was bound to fail- Frustration Most of the men on the plane died- creates a sense of grief Paradoxically, three men, including two main characters, lived. – Sense of relief due to the connection these characters Lack of provisions + failure of prior search missions (i.e. The Green Hornet itself) – Situation is serious, especially with sharks encircling (my biggest fear = sharks!) – Sense of hopefulness- “Trust” in Louie Main thoughts: Will all three men live?