Life Of Pi By Yann Martel : A Hero 's Journey Essay

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A Hero’s Journey

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles”(Christopher Reeve). This captures the essence of Pi who is stranded at sea by himself after a shipwreck that killed his family and everyone on board. Pi finds the strength to fight for his life, his family legacy and the Bengal Tiger. When Pi, just like most people is caught in a situation that he could not possibly ever prepare for, it brings a special fight out in him. In the Story, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Martel displays the four stages of a hero’s journey, innocence, initiation, chaos and resolution that Pi uses to save himself from the tragic repercussions of the sinking ship. Pi goes through these stages as he is dedicates himself to learning three religions, he copes with losing his family to the horrid shipwreck and that after all this time someone has come to rescue him.
Pi gains an exorbitant amount of insight into the world because of the three religions he is studying. As a youth Pi has many typical experiences. Pi is an innocent child who does not want to hurt a soul and listens to everything his parents say to do. When Pi is a young teen he starts to discover who he is, which includes what he wants to believe in. “ But he can’t be a Hindu, a Christian and a Muslim. It’s impossible. He must choose” (76). This occurs when Pi and what he calls the three wise men meet up with him and his parents to talk about his fascination with…

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