Analysis Of Yann Martel 's Life Of Pi

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Patrick Saladyga
Mrs. Mallon
Global Literature and Composition
21 April 2015
Success is Survival
In Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, the main character is Piscine Patel, a 16-year-old Indian boy stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean. The novel shows us how Pi was able to sustain himself during his darkest hours. After being separated from his family during the sinking of the ship they were using to transport their zoo animals, Pi ends up stranded alone with a 450-pound bengal tiger. Being stranded somewhere in the Pacific changes Pi’s entire mentality. “You might think I lost all hope at that point. I did. And as a result I perked up and felt much better.” (Martel 169) Pi kept thinking that each day would be the day he got rescued. After constant disappointment he took the days as they came. Surviving the human condition by keeping his faith in God, having prior knowledge of zoology, and by having Richard Parker as a companion and by keeping Pi on his toes. The novel demonstrates that individuals who are not able to complete the journey to adulthood never reach full maturity.
During his most challenging and fearful moments, Pi’s faith in God allows him to survive. His will to survive at sea and his faith in God seems to be the main idea in the novel. Left lost in the Pacific Ocean with nothing but a fully grown Bengal tiger and his thoughts, Pi grasps onto God in order to prevent the loss of hope and the feeling of isolation. Even though Pi is stranded at sea he continues…

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