Laura Hillenbrand

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The Graf Zeppelin

The Graf Zeppelin was a giant German airship that flew around the world in 1929. When the Zeppelin passed over Louie’s home in California one night, it created a black absence in the sky… read analysis of The Graf Zeppelin


Throughout the novel, sharks symbolize the ever-present violence of the natural world. The U.S. airmen fear the sharks more than starvation or drowning. On the raft, the sharks encircle Louie, reminding him that the… read analysis of Sharks

The Bird

One of the worst Japanese war criminals, Mutsuhiro “The Bird” Watanabe is the novel’s epitome of evil, representing humankind’s utmost capacity for violence. In the wild, birds often are seen to represent freedom, so the… read analysis of The Bird