Tiger: The tiger is there to over come his fears and also to make a friend. The tiger is aggressive in the beginning of the movie but then begins to mellow out towards the end of it. They learn to become friends and work together throughout the whole movie. This happens when he feeds the tiger some meat while they are on the boat.
Birds: The birds in the story symbolize that God is always watching him. This means not to lose faith in God because he is guiding you every step of the way. God is guiding him to the destination he is trying to get to, without having problems on the way there. The birds help him get through the day to stay faithful to God when he wants to give up.
Boat: This is to help him survive from all things around him. The fish, the sea creatures, and the storms in the ocean. In the boat is a tiger and they learn how to survive with just each other to get to there destination. The boat kept them afloat above water with having a worry to sink or drown in the ocean.
Fish: The fish helped him get through his problems. Even though they are fish, they helped him solve his problems in so many ways. They did there own thing but caused Pi to think about his life and how to find solutions to his problems. This was helpful for him to get through life and his problems.
Ocean: The ocean was a big part in this because of storms that would cause Pi some problems. The ocean was full of problems because when your in a boat you might have that feeling you might sink. The ocean is a large mass of water that is capable of destroying Pi and his boat. But, luckily it did not happen because of the belief he had in god.
Water/Boats: This is to project him from all of the dangerous things in the sea. When the storm hit hime at sea, it did not sink the boat. The boat stayed afloat and the tiger nor him were harmed during the storm. The boat was rocking but it did not break because of the belief Pi has in religion.
Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi) -
The protagonist of the story. Piscine is the narrator for most of the novel, and his account of his seven months at sea forms the bulk of the story.
Piscine’s nickname, Pi, has a symbolic relationship with the mathematical pi (π) . The ratio of the circumference (circular) of a circle to its diameter (linear) is pi. The correlation between the linear journey to North America and the cycles of doubt and faith are experienced by Pi. Mathematical relationships are calculated and explained logically and rationally by the irrational number pi. Unbelievable experiences and irrational events are explained logically and rationally by Pi. Neither Pi nor pi can be confined by logic or taken to a coherent ending point. Pi is sixteen when he is shipwrecked, and pi is the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet. Pi even uses pi (π) to work out the circumference of the algae island.
Richard Parker –
The Royal Bengal tiger with whom Pi shares his lifeboat.
He kills the hyena on the lifeboat and the blind cannibal. With Pi, however, Richard Parker acts as an omega, or submissive, animal, respecting Pi’s dominance.
Francis Adirubasamy –
The elderly man who tells the author Pi’s story during a chance meeting in a Pondicherry coffee shop. He...
...How does Pi assert himself throughout his ordeal and how does this help him survive?
Reflecting a belief that in all things there is “a trace of the divine”, in Life of Pi author Yann Martel considers the basic animal instincts of humanity when faced with the most adverse of conditions, and ultimately, the all-encompassing, limitless nature of faith. Pi’s “unbelievable” survival, shipwrecked in the Pacific Ocean following the sinking of the Tsimstum and loss of his family, can at least be partly attributed to his ability to assert his avid faith in God; a deeply pluralistic embrace of each of his religions which enabled him to find a sense of hope throughout his ordeal. Yet the “miracle” of Pi’s survival was also aided by his decision to negate aspects of his devout religious scruples, “descending” to acts of savagery and primordial hunger in order to abet his survival. Through Pi’s ordeal however, Martel also comments upon the centrality of imagination and a belief in “some unknown element”, as Pi asserts a “fierce will to live” which proved as necessary to his survival as his physical sustenance. Moreover, although Pi’s somewhat fantastical “happy ending” does appear to transcend the laws of science and reason, Martel still argues that garnering a sense of faith within reason proved imperative to Pi’s ultimate survival, just as his inimitable belief in God did.
Initially characterised as a “well-contented...
...A Report on Adam's Excellence
The lead in our pencil by Phillip Adams
Phillip Adam’s opinionative article informs the readers of “The Weekend Australian” about the upcoming Australian elections in September, 2013, pleading for them to have a somewhat positive outlook on compulsory voting.
He also uses many different techniques in the article in order to make it convincing and effective. In the first sentence he uses an analogy “What have the Romans ever done for us?...” to refer to the accomplishments of politics rather than focusing on the negative aspects. Adams uses irony when recalling that teenagers think that “our democracy is a waste of time – only to reluctantly concede that Australia wasn't such a bad place”. The effect of this is to state that teenagers don't have enough hindsight to see what really is important. He also uses contrast when comparing Western democracies to those in the “US Republican Party” by saying “You'll recall the US...” in order to emphasise that it's better to have compulsory voting as the majority of the Australian public will end up with the leader they deserve. Also, he uses key images in order to make the strong point that it's paramount that people are allowed to have a voice he says this in the 3rd section in the top right corner starting with “For all our complaints...”. The title The lead in our pencil (a well-known saying) is a pun used to describe the article in a fun and down to earth way and to remind his audience that...
...included to consider, when evaluating if Pi is suitable to integrate to society again. Furthermore, since the incredible survival is told by Pi in first person point of view, we have reason to take a skeptical attitude on the truth of the story. It is best to present both pros and cons before jumping into the judgment.
Regarding the opinion of pi developing an even stronger personality, evidences are obvious. The survival fully proves thatPi kept wisdom and logic under such terrible condition. Being with the fiercest animals and floating on the ocean for 227 days, most people can not suffer the mental pressure, and collapse even before they get to land. People are defeated by loneliness, desperation and mental disorder caused by physical illness. Pi is not one of them. Base on the fact that he not only survived but also is able to tell and remember the whole experience, it is unquestionable that Pi went through the hardship with an active and positive attitude. He himself even claimed that “with time and experience, I became a better hunter. I grew bolder and more agile. I developed an instinct, a feel, for what to do. (Chapter66)” In addition, Pi thought about helping others in the future, while his own destiny was still a mystery. In Chapter 71, he provided nine advices for those who should ever be in the same circumstance as he did. It suggests that Pi was...
...in Chapter 1.
As a teenager in Pondicherry, India, Pi Patel describes his family – himself, his parents, and his brother Ravi. He is constantly exploring new opportunities and learning many odd and exciting things. His father is the proprietor of the Pondicherry Zoo, where Pi learns much of the workings and raising of animals. Pi’s mother is an avid reader and introduces to him numerous literary works from which he learns the joys of numerous schools of thought. His school is filled with amazing teachers, one of whom, Mr. Kumar is an inspiration to Pi.
Deriving his full name (Piscine) from a world famous swimming pool in France, his parents are good friends with Francis Adirubasamy (from the author’s note), a world class swimmer who often goes on about the Piscine Molitor in Paris. He goes by Pi instead because his schoolmates make a big deal out of calling him “pissing” instead as it sounds similar. They all take to the name and from that point on, his name is no long Piscine but Pi.
Pi grew up a Hindu, but discovered the Catholic faith at age 14 from a priest by the name of Father Martin. He is soon baptized. He then meets Mr. Kumar, a Muslim of some standing and converts to Islam. Therefore, he openly practices all three religions avidly. When the three religious teachers meet up with his parents at the zoo, they demand that he choose a single religion, to which he announces he...
...that life isn’t worth living without it. In the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel, the author tells a story of Piscine “Pi” Molitor Patel, who is struggling with religious and psychological issues. In addition to that, after the ship sinks Pi must survive on a life boat with a tiger for 227 days in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Bengal tiger, Richard Parker was named after an Edgar Allen Poe character from The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838). Pym and a friend leave Nantucket on a ship. It capsizes and the two find themselves on the hull of the ship with another survivor. Starvations lead them to killing him and eating him. The character that is lunched upon has the last name of Richard Parker. In Life of Pi, the author uses the symbolic character, Richard Parker to show that he is an essential part of Pi’s life.
Richard Parker gives Pi hope and keeps Pi sane and together throughout the journey in the Pacific Ocean. When Pi and Richard Parker were settling down in the ocean, Pi says “It was Richard Parker who calmed me down. It is the irony of this story that the one who scared me witless to start with was the very same who brought me peace, purpose, I dare say wholeness” (Martel 204). Richard Parker is capable of keeping Pi together. The presence of...
...Life Of PI
Martel introduces and interesting sets and settings
Displays the content of story interesting tones of surrealism, comedy and reflection.
Provides an escape from the social acceptance of sex and violence by placing the reader in a world filled with allegorical representation with animals and religion.
Idea: Martel suggests through the allegorical representation of Richard Parker’s instincts and Pi’s spirituality, that humankind can not survive without the other. We as people need reasonable doubt, but also must venture our imaginations into the unknown. This in itself provides the spark of life for mankind. A sense of belonging with the world through faith and God and the need to know more ensure the survival of the human race.
Martel’s “Life of Pi”. A furry tale that will make any cynic or pessimist put a smile on their face. A novel whose limits span the Pacific Ocean and reach towards God. A story that encompasses life in itself and celebrates it with elements of nature and survival. Yann Martel, the author of Life of Pi provides a set and setting that brings us out of our familiar surroundings of skyscrapers, concrete, and subways, to the vast pacific ocean. He brings into the story a strong presence of the main character’s spirituality towards god and a rich and diverse zoo in the town of...
...Honors Period 3
Life 0f Pi Essay
“The Use of Geography in Life of Pi”
Life of Pi by Yann Martel, follows the life of a young boy named Pi, who is marooned in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean after a shipwreck. He is only accompanied by a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a brutal, barbarous Bengal tiger. Young Pi must confront the elements and live at the will of Mother Nature throughout the book as he tries to stay alive in the vast abyss of the Pacific Ocean. How to Read like a Professor, by Thomas Foster is a guide to unlocking the hidden truths in any work of literature. In Chapter 19, “Geography Matters”, Foster explains how geography can play a leading role in literature in shaping the plot, characters, tone, and theme. In Life of Pi, geography assumes a central role in Pi’s narrative.
Geography in literature can suggest new ideas about life in general. Possibly one of the most confusing parts in Life of Pi is when Pi gets stranded on the Algae Island. The geography exposes hidden meanings concealed in the story. I believe the algae island represents what happens when humans turn away from God and focus more towards secularist ideals. Soon you will be eaten up by your own ego, (i.e. the tooth in the tree.) However, Pi finds his faith...