Life Of Pi Hero's Journey Analysis

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In a hero’s journey, there are twelve stages that must be completed.(“Stages of the Hero’s Journey”) In Yann Martel’s novel, “Life of Pi”, the protagonist of the story, Pi, was on a hero’s journey. He completed the twelve stages. Starting with his life in Pondicherry to being stranded in the ocean, Pi never gave up and made it through each stage of the journey. Stage one of a hero’s journey is Ordinary World.(“Stages of the Hero’s Journey”) This stage consists of Pi’s life in Pondicherry. He lives the life of a zookeeper’s son and passionately follows three faiths.(17,87) Pi went through a drastic change in his life, when his parents decided to move to Canada to get away from the government of India. They had to sell all of their zoo animals.(111) …show more content…
He constructs a makeshift raft out of life jackets and oars. He ties his raft to the lifeboat so he can still reach the food, water, and other supplies.(187) Pi has taken his first step into the adventure that lies before him. The next stage in a hero’s journey is “Tests, Allies, and Enemies.” (“Stages of the Hero’s Journey”) In this stage, Pi comes face to face with his biggest foe, Richard Parker. Pi witnessed Richard Parker kill the hyena and was shocked at the sight. Soon after, Richard Parker began approaching Pi. Luckily for Pi, a rat appeared and ran toward him. Pi snatched the rat and hurled it at Richard Parker, who devoured it instantly. That gave Pi enough time to escape back to his raft.(190-193) Some of Pi’s biggest tests deal with his quests for food and water. He begins fishing for food. This proves to be difficult and unsuccessful at first.(225) After a while, however, it starts to work out.(232) To satisfy his thirst, Pi uses solar stills, that he finds in the boat, to catch rainwater.(236) Ironically, Pi’s biggest enemy becomes his biggest ally. Pi credits Richard Parker with keeping him alive.(204) The 7th stage of a hero’s journey is “Approach.” (“Stages of the Hero’s …show more content…
On this island, Pi finds freshwater and delicious algae. Richard Parker gorges himself on the meerkats who have taken up residence there. Both Pi and Richard Parker’s strength return and life is good on the island.(322-333) The next stage Pi goes through is “The Road Back.” (“Stages of the Hero’s Journey”) Pi discovers this island’s secret. It is carnivorous. He finds human teeth in the leaves of a tree.(354-355) Pi knows he and Richard parker must get off the island soon. He stocks his lifeboat with fish and algae and leaves the island.(357) The next stage in Pi’s journey is “Resurrection Hero.” In this stage Pi faces his final task: the wait. After Pi leaves the island he’s lost hope of ever finding land. He describes his journey as “...nothing but grief, ache and endurance.” It takes all his will and strength to keep pushing on.(358) The 12th and final stage of a hero’s journey is “Return with Elixir.” (“Stages of the Hero’s Journey”) In this stage Pi reaches Mexico and is saved by villagers.(361) Pi now applies his experience and knowledge, or elixir, to his current life. He always keeps his cabinets stocked with food and he does not waste items.(31) Upon reaching Mexico, Pi’s journey ends and Richard Parker leaves him.(359) A reader can conclude that Pi was on a hero’s journey. His life matches each stage right up to the end. Pi started his

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