Life of Pi Essay

850 Words Sep 30th, 2011 4 Pages
A Bildungsroman is a type of novel that tells the story of the spiritual, moral, psychological, or social development of the protagonist either from childhood to maturity or as the result of an extraordinary experience. An example of this is the novel, “Life of Pi” because Pi grows from boy to man. He had to mature very quickly by having to take care of himself in order to survive. Pi protects himself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Pi believed in faith throughout the book to get through the situation that he was in. Pi uses an allegory of himself in the form of Richard Parker throughout the novel. Pi protects himself physically by scavenging. An example of this is,
“It was the source of food and water.
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“A part of me did not want Richard Parker to die at all, because if he died, I would be left alone with despair . . He pushed me to go on living. I hated him for it, yet at the same time I was grateful . . . It’s the plain truth: without Richard Parker, I wouldn’t be alive today to tell you my story(225).”
Pi was very thankful for his imagination. Pi had to make up a story to keep his mind going. By making up that whole story, it kept his mind off of the two worst pair of opposites for someone who is stranded at sea, which are terror and boredom. Also, by making up this story, it got him off the subject of time. Pi believed that time killed you because if you keep track of the times, then you are obligated to think that a ship will come any minute to rescue you. An example of this would be when Pi said,
“I did not count the weeks or the months. Time is an allusion that only makes us pant. I survived because I forgot the very notion of time.” A castaway’s worst mistake is to hope too much and to do too little. Another good thing to know is to not be afraid of anything. Pi says, “Fear is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life.” Fear begins in your mind. Then, every part of you falls apart except for your eyes which always pay proper attention to fear. Throughout the novel, Pi believes in faith. One of the things that Pi did to practice his faith was to asphyxiate. He used a piece of cloth that he cut

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