The Life Of Pi By Yann Martel Essays

1061 Words Dec 4th, 2015 5 Pages
Have you ever been alone and you wished for a friend to provide comfort and keep you going? Yann Martel, in his novel The Life of Pi, tells the story of a character who needed exactly that, given his circumstances. In his story, Martel expresses and promotes this idea through a long boat journey and some some incredible animals. Using these circumstances, Martel teaches the reader that in the face of danger, people find comfort in even the most unlikely friendships. In the beginning of the journey, just after the ship Pi is on sinks, taking his family with it, Martel gives us a peek at the comfort in friendships by giving Pi a temporary friendship in the form of Orange Juice (the orangutan from the zoo). Pi relies on this friendship to keep him still slightly alive and sane in the first part of the long boat trip. After the ship sinks, Pi is left alone on a lifeboat with an injured zebra, a full grown hyena, and a hidden tiger, none of which can offer him any form of comfort or joy. Then, Orange Juice came along. “She came floating on an island of bananas in a halo of light, as lovely as the Virgin Mary. The rising sun was behind her. Her flaming hair looked stunning....It was Orange Juice.... our prize Borneo orangutan matriach, zoo star and mother of two fine boys....”(Martel 139-140). Martel uses this section to show Pi’s relief and joy that Orange Juice, a comforting mother and old friend, is there with him in this time of fear and heartbreak. Another way…

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