Yann Martel's Life Of Pi: Literary Analysis

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There is one sunken ship and one boy, Pi, in a lifeboat stranded in the pacific ocean, but there are two extreme stories of survival. Which is the better and true story? The first story tells of the boy surviving in the lifeboat filled with dangerous wild beasts and him visiting a carnivorous island where the only animals were meerkats. The second story tells of the boy on the lifeboat with three other survivors but, one turns cannibalistic and consumes the two other passengers. In the book Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, at the end of the book Pi tells Mr. Okamoto and Mr. Chiba to take the better story as the true story. In my opinion the first story is the better story, therefore making it in my belief the true story. The meerkat bones are …show more content…
The first story is the better story because it is a more interesting story to read. It’s incredible that Pi could survive with a Bengal Tiger but it is true. Mr. Okamoto doesn’t believe that Pi could survive with a tiger aboard the lifeboat. “‘Mr. Patel, a tiger is an incredibly dangerous wild animal. How could you survive in a lifeboat with one?’” (pg 296) Pi used “one important topic…establishing of alpha-omega…” (pg 168) Pi could establish alpha and omega with Richard Parker due to his knowledge of animal training because he grew up living at a zoo because his father was a zookeeper. In addition, involving animals such as a Bengal tiger and unbelievable things like a carnivorous island makes a more extreme story of survival. When Pi told Mr. Okamoto and Mr. Chiba to take the better story as true Pi asked which story is better. “Mr. Okamoto: ‘Yes. The story with the animals is the better story.’” (pg 317) The better story is the one with animals and I believe it is the true story. Pi’s supposed ability to survive with so many animals (a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan, and a Bengal Tiger) on the lifeboat makes the first story better. Pi was able to survive with dangerous wild animals in the first story making it the better

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