A Comparitive Analysis on the Film Adaptation of Life of Pi

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A COMPARITIVE ANALYSIS ON THE FILM ADAPTATION OF LIFE OF PI ASSIGNMENT SUBMITTED BY C.H. SAI PRADYUMNA REDDY (2009A7TS087H) ANEKETH T (2009AAPS048H) I RAVI THEJA (2009AAPS057H) RAM BABU T (2009C6PS644H) FAITHFULNESS & CREDIBILITY OF THE FILM ADAPTATION No matter how it is judged, a film adaptation owes something to its original i.e., an adaptation of a novel owes something to that novel. An Adaptation can fall into three categories based on how faithful it has been in representating the facts and spirit of the novel. a) Borrowing : It is the “most frequently used mode of adaptation”. In this case that artist is using a novel’s material or ideas and form. In this situation the adapter is hoping to gain credibility for his work…show more content…
Surprisingly for such a religious boy, Pi admires atheists. To him, the important thing is to believe in something, and Pi can appreciate an atheist’s ability to believe in the absence of God with no concrete proof of that absence. Pi has nothing but disdain, however, for agnostics, who claim that it is impossible to know either way, and who therefore refrain from making a definitive statement on the question of God. Pi sees this as evidence of a shameful lack of imagination. To him, agnostics who cannot make a leap of faith in either direction are like listeners who cannot appreciate the non-literal truth a fictional story might provide. Belief in God is clearly a major theme in Life of Pi. Throughout the novel, Pi makes his belief in and love of God clear—it is a love profound enough that he can transcend the classical divisions of religion, and worship as a Hindu, Muslim, and Christian. Pi, although amazed by the possibility of lacking this belief, still respects the atheist, because he sees him as a kind of believer. Pi’s vision of an atheist on his death bed makes it clear that he assumes the atheist’s form of belief is one in God, without his realizing it until the end. It is the agnostic that truly bothers Pi; the decision to doubt, to lack belief in anything, is to him inexcusable. This is underscored in that essential passage in the novel when Pi asks the Japanese officials

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