Lifeboat In Life Of Pi, By Yann Martel

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Yann Matel, a Trent University graduate and Man Booker Prize winner, wrote Life of Pi, his most famous book, in 2001. Martel’s trip to India and his deep need for a story to become a successful author developed the amazing and intriguing story of Pi Patel. Setting the story in the in the Pacific Ocean in the 1970’s, Martel wrote about a young boy struggling to survive after his transportation to Canada sinks, leaving him stranded on a lifeboat with dangerous animals. Surviving on a lifeboat with a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan, and a tiger seems near impossible, doesn’t it? Holding a conversation with the famous Pi could change everyone’s view. After, surviving on a lifeboat in an insane and unique society, Pi can let all the secrets …show more content…
Throughout the story, Pi responds to the unusual standards of the boat with different ways. In one sense, Pi and the society of the lifeboat agree. The animals and the human all do whatever they can to survive. Whether that means kill, for the animals, or strategically collect extra food and water, for the human. In many ways, the society pushes Pi to new places he never thought he could go and had never been before, both emotionally and physically. He always had to fend for himself by catching his own food and gathering his own water, something he didn’t do in India. Without the constant reminder and push of a special, dominant animal in the society, Richard Parker, Pi would have never made it out alive. Also, Pi and his society can connect on an emotional level. Much like there are storms in nature around the ocean, what I see as raging storms take place in Pi’s mind. One day he is fine, pushing and encouraging himself, but the next day he is contemplating giving up. During his journey, Pi also defies the society’s standards by purely living, more than anyone ever expected. While Pi chooses to follow three religions and the boat follows the ways of mother nature, he is expected to kill the animals but allows the nature of death take its toll while standing on the sideline and observing. While adapting to and being affected by the foreign society, Pi realizes understanding …show more content…
Changing Pi Patel from a young man with interesting values to a grown man showing compassion and strength was a large task that only the ocean, lifeboat, and animals could have pulled off. Fighting for his well-being and ultimately his whole life showed how intense the experience and the deathly the society is. However, adapting to, being affected by, and ultimately understanding his situation and what it took to survive allowed Pi to sustain the precious gift human’s call life. By enlightening the reading in Pi’s journey, Martel conveys the true message of a normal person defying all odds and becoming a

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