Adaptation in Life of Pi and Lolita

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“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change” (Darwin; quoted in Khurana). This quotation by Charles Darwin relates well to both Life of Pi and Lolita, because both of them survived but in order this to happen they had to change and acquire traits needed for survival. Lolita and Pi could have chosen to continue their life without any action to improve their situation. Pi could have given up from the beginning of his trip in his lifeboat on the Pacific and would have never had a need to suffer or lose his innocence, but he chose not to: “I will not die. I refuse it.” (Martel 148) Lolita also could have continued living with Humbert and…show more content…
Strange and kinky acts like this clearly makes Lolita’s trauma more devastating than Pi’s. The stressed environment makes both of the protagonists show their hidden nature, which would not have been seen if Pi and Lolita were not in critical situation where they had to fight for their survival. Pi’s survival instinct becomes the main reason of his losing the innocence, through showing the cruel part of himself. Pi becomes an emotionless fighter for his own life; he says, “when your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger of survival.”(Martel 120). The once innocent boy, who killed a flying fish for the first time and fixated on its death, can cruelly kill any living creature that comes close to him. “I wept heartily over this poor little deceased soul. It was the first sentient being I had ever killed. I was now a killer. I was now as guilty as Cain” (Martel 183). Pi exclaims, “[i]t is simple and brutal: a person can get used to anything, even killing” when he tries to explain how could he “go from weeping over the muffled killing of a flying fish to gleefully bludgeoning to death a dorado” (Martel 185). It is undoubtable that if he had not started catching fish or drinking turtle’s blood he would not have survive; the instinct of survival made Pi change his views on life and start killing animals for his own good. But Pi does not want to believe that he has done some of the

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