Life of Pi Rough Draft Essay

679 Words Dec 25th, 2012 3 Pages
In the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel, there are three themes that seem to overpower throughout; religion, fear, and hope. When the main character in the novel, Pi, is forced to move the family's zoo from Pondicherry India to Canada in search for a better life, their boat suddenly begins to sink in the middle of the pacific ocean. Miraculously Pi is the only human that survives. But unfortunately for this poor boy he is stuck on a 26 foot lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a three year old bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The themes religion, fear, and hope are repeatedly stressed to try to get the reader to greater grasp the concepts of what Pi was going through while stranded on a lifeboat for 227 days. These three …show more content…
“when your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger for survival.”
(“Oncoming death is terrible enough, but worse still is oncoming death with time to spare, time in which all the happiness that was yours and all the happiness that might have been yours becomes clear to you. you see with utter lucidity all that you are losing.”) The significance of this theme is Pi’s struggle to overcome the fear of death and hope for a miracle. Pi’s hope for a miracle is unbelievable even when all odds are against him and there are no signs of being saved he keeps his hope up. “ the blackness would stir and eventually go away, and god would remain, a shining point of light in my heart. i would go on living” Pis hope gives him the strength and courage he needs to complete the tasks that will help him survive. “I had to stop hoping so much that a ship would come and rescue me. i could not count on outside help. survival had to start with me. in my experience, a cast aways worst mistake is to hope too much and do too little. survival starts by paying attention to what's close at hand and immediate. to look out with idle hope is tantamount to dreaming ones life away.” Without hope Pi would have been lost at sea forever.. Religion, fear and hope are the three most dominant themes in Yann Martel's novel, Life of Pi. These themes illustrate how Pi survives while being stuck in a lifeboat with a man eating tiger for 227

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