Life Of Pi Literary Analysis

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Life of Pi is a meta-fiction that inquires the reader’s faith. Using meta-fiction to his advantage, Matel questions the disparity between reality and imaginary. In his novel, he explores the contrast of mother nature, her gentle aura and her cruel behaviour. Her gentle side is demonstrated through the protagonist’s interpretation of the fauna and flora. Whereas, her cruel side is illustrated by Pi’s vivid encounter with ferocious animals. Hence, in the novel, the author portrays the protagonist’s trauma in the open sea as a beautiful religious experience. Pi is delusional and compares animals to a religious manifestation of God. For example, he allegorized the three-toed sloth as an anthropomorphic figure of God : “ the three-toed sloth, …show more content…
In other words, the author warned his reader of the consequences linked to disrespecting, or ignoring the animal’s survival instinct. The warning could or romanticize them without taking into account its consequences. As, it can result in causing harm toward the human. He establishes this view through the interaction between Pi and his father in the book. Pi and his brother observed a helpless animal eaten alive by a ferocious tiger. The event traumatized him. However, this harshness was needed to demonstrate to the protagonist the ferociousness of an animal. Likewise, Pi’s father mentioned similar warning : “ Don’t think they’re harmless. Life will defend itself no matter how small it is. Every animal is ferocious and dangerous.” (Matel 41) In other words, the relationship between man and nature is represented by a mutual respect, in which both party members are aware of the danger that each other could cause. Additionally, this lesson foreshadows the relationship between Pi and Richard Parker, the tiger. In the boat, Pi is constantly worry about Richard Parker’s actions. This thought can be translated into Pi’s fear of the hyena: “ But, I had not forgotten Father’s word. Those were not cowardly carrion-eaters. ” (Matel 128) The protagonist’s anxiety demonstrates that the trauma of his father’s lesson continue to haunt him. As a result, it …show more content…
From another perspective, his thesis could be interpreted as a post-modem literature that criticizes man’s contributions to Global warming. For example, the protagonist’s deification of nature is an allegory for the consumer’s inability to foreshadow the environmental consequences of their action.Whereas, the animal’s predatory instinct is an allegory for the natural catastrophes in the world resulting from Global warming. In retrospect, Matel provides an alternative solution in his book. In Life of Pi, Matel described a symbiotic algae island, which the native meerkat are cautious of the island hazardous mechanism and use the flaw of their environment to their advantage : “ At night […], the predatory algae turned highly acidic and the ponds became vats of acid that digested fish. […] This was why meerkats slept in the trees.” ( Matel 312 -

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