Essay about Analysis Of Yann Martel 's Life Of Pi

1002 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
Humans are often considered as “higher” beings when compared to animals, but humans are ultimately animals with a set of instincts that can kick in at any given moment when put into tough situations. Yann Martel’s Life of Pi describes the life of a young Indian boy, Piscine (Pi) Molitor Patel. In his childhood, Pi’s family owns a zoo in Pondicherry, India which influences Pi to become interested in zoology, and practices multiple religions to show his devotion to his gods. In order to avoid imminent political disputes in India, Pi’s father decides to take the Patel family and their animals on the Tsimtsum to head for Canada. However, the boat never reaches its destination and sinks around Midway Island. Pi is the only human survivor and is stranded in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a spotted hyena, and a Bengal tiger as companions. Life of Pi beautifully exposes Pi’s revelations and struggles as he perseveres in the boat, isolated in the vast Pacific Ocean with a full grown Bengal tiger, Richard Parker, as they float for 227 days until they finally reach the Mexican coast. Life-threatening situations often change individual behavior, a concept that Pi demonstrates in the story. Motivated by the pursuit of survival, Pi is forced to forfeit his religious values and societal norms, adopt animalistic demeanors, and change his characteristic dispositions.
At the onset, Pi’s desire for survival manifests itself in the nullifications of religious and cultural norms. When Pi…

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