Essay on Life Of Pi By Yann Martel

1300 Words May 8th, 2015 6 Pages
What is the meaning of Freedom? Can one ever be completely free? The true definition of freedom becomes a question early in the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel, when Pi argues and refutes the claims relating to the cruelty and restrictiveness of a zoo enclosure. Pi claims that an animal is no more confined in its mobility by a physical cage, than, by its survival instincts in which profoundly restrict an animal’s freedom. According to Dictionary.com, freedom is “the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint” (dictionary.com) In Life of Pi, the arisal of questions of freedom and the deprivation of Pi’s freedom are demonstrated in three distinct forms, animal freedom, physical freedom and spiritual freedom. However what is it that restricts Pi’s freedom; the physical setting or more so, his instincts and mentality? Throughout the novel, readers are able to understand what freedom means to Pi, though it becomes evident that there is no one true definition of freedom.
At the Pondicherry Zoo, Pi learns early on about many wild and captive animals and the dangerous nature that comes with both. Being raised in a zoo has allowed for Pi to understand the advantages and disadvantages of a zoo enclosure. However, Pi’s belief is contrary to what society may argue, “I know zoos are no longer in people’s good graces. Religion faces the same problem. Certain illusions about freedom plague them both” (Martel, 21). An animal in the wild is…

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