Essay about Life Of Pi By Yann Martel

1440 Words Dec 4th, 2015 6 Pages
The state of well-being is an arbitrary condition. Though society has and continues to wrap a thin security blanket around citizens’ shoulders, it disguises the fact that welfare can easily be swept away in the span of a second by numerous culprits. Therefore, the inner compass to seek survival is not optional, but rather essential to every self-reliant man’s survival. Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi, stresses this notion through the account of Pi Patel and his brutally desperate survival tactics to survive while lost at sea. Fighting for solace alongside his tiger companion, the main character Pi embraces the innate instinct to be selfish and manipulative. Through the desire to dominate others, the drive to alter himself, and a mindset fixed to reassure, Martel’s tale illustrates the concept that man’s survival requires the inevitable manipulation of situations.
Life of Pi distinctly displays survival as an output of manipulation through the main character’s controlling of other beings. Pi’s unfaithful coexistence with Richard Parker (the Bengal tiger) proves that Pi views a world in which his own survival is mutually exclusively with Richard Parker’s: “I hatched several plans to give rid of him so that the lifeboat might be mine” (Martel 198). Eventually, Pi’s perspective morphs, as he realizes the numerous benefits to Richard Parker’s existence. Instead of slaughtering the animal, Pi trains Richard Parker: “I had to devise a training program for Richard Parker. I had to…

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