Essay about The Life Of Pi By Yann Martel

1014 Words Mar 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Winston Churchill once said “when you’re going through hell, keep going”. And that is exactly what Pi Patel did in The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. Pi, an Indian boy on a voyage with his family, survived the sinking of the Tsunami along with a Bengal tiger. He spent 227 long days out at sea facing many different obstacles. Throughout the story, Martel portrays the life lesson of never giving up by throwing different challenges at Pi and testing his will to survive. These obstacles prove how Pi never gave up and survived the long journey. Pi Patel’s family is fast asleep during a massive storm that eventually will cause the ship to sink; however, their son Pi, survives and is put into a lifeboat and thrown into the choppy, dark waters of the Pacific Ocean. As he struggles to stay on the boat through this violent storm, he claims, “I could hardly breathe. If there hadn’t been a lifebuoy I wouldn’t have lasted more than a minute” (Martel 132). Right now, he is surviving off a lifebuoy; he could have easily let go and drowned, but instead he held onto it for dear life. He was determined not to relinquish his grip. The reader can determine how motivated he was to stay alive by him expressing the fact that he could not breathe and if it was not for the lifebuoy, he would be dead. Once the storm began to clear, Pi says, “With the very first rays of light, it came alive in me: hope” (150). Hope is defined by the webster 's dictionary as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or…

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