Essay about The Life Of Pi By Yann Martel

1339 Words May 17th, 2016 6 Pages
A Free Confinement, or a Confined Freedom
The Life of PI by Yann Martel, is a timeless novel with deep meaning. Because of it’s parallelism and undertones of religion, freedom, and storytelling it has created a perfect host of themes. An outstanding theme from “The Life of PI” is the definition of freedom. The definition of freedom is explained - more of argued - in three criterias in this story: the example of a zoo, the example of an island he travels to, and finally the example of religion.
What is freedom; a simple but profound question. The definition of freedom has been argued since practically the beginning of time. In The Life of PI the definition of freedom is played with. The first example he gives of freedom is in zoo’s.
To some people, zoos are a place of confinement and imprisonment. To PI, a young boy who grew up as a zookeeper’s son and the main character of this story, zoos are a place of freedom. In fact he argues that the wild is actually more of a free confinement, and in some ways less free for the animals. He says, “Animals in the wild lead lives of compulsion and necessity within an unforgiving social hierarchy in an environment where the supply of fear is high and the supply of food is low and where territory must constantly be defended and parasites forever endured. What is the meaning of freedom in such a context” (16)? Some people, especially teens in my observance, believe that to be free is to be able to do whatever you want with no boundaries.…

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