Comparison Between 'Life Of Pi And Pretty'

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Discovery is the act of finding something for the first time or the act of rediscovering something. Discovery can be meaningful in ways that may be emotional, creative, intellectual, physical and spiritual. They can lead us to new understanding of the world. Two composers whose work reflects these notions are ‘Life of Pi’ by Ang Lee and ‘Pretty’ by Katie Makkai. Ang Lee’s film version of Life of Pi (2002) is an adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi. Life of Pi is a ground breaking movie event about a young boy who survives a disaster which takes place in the middle of the ocean and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. But Pi forms an unexpected relationship with another survivor which is Richard Parker. Similarly…show more content…
A technique used to portray this in ‘Life of Pi’ is Pi’s point of view shot. This shot is evident in the scene when Richard Parker tries to kill the fish but Pi doesn’t let him. The shift in colour shows Pi’s development. His values and morals are challenged as he kills the fish. The main theme in the film is survival. Pi lets go off his previous beliefs such as being a vegetarian. His only focus is to survive. Despite the fact that Pi’s ego was very religious and principled, his survival instincts almost always triumphed. Pi was forced to eat the meat to survival. This symbolizes Pi’s loss of innocence. Also in the poem ‘Pretty’, personification is used to emphasise the level of pain Katie Makkai suffered as a result of trying to be the ideal beauty in society. The example in the text is when she says “my body screaming at me from inside out.” This effects on a persona sense of self as it made her think about the changes she made to her physical appearance and how it’s effecting her mental state. After the surgery, she has discovered the excruciating pain of going through the surgery in order to be pretty. In both Life or Pi and Pretty their painful journeys have impacted their sense of self which changes their worldviews about…show more content…
The technique that has been used to show a meaningful impact on a personas sense of self in ‘Life of Pi’ is high angle shot. This is evident when Pi is screaming to the sky as he thinks that he’s talking to the God as this shows his religious belief. Pi discovers that when faced with death he must become self-reliant and while God may provide for him in the short term, in the end he must face his own mortality. The challenges he faces encourage a new and altered perspective. In the poem ‘Pretty’ the technique used is anaphora towards the end of the poem. Example is when she says “you will be pretty intelligent, pretty creative, pretty amazing.” This shows that she regrets the fact that she cared too much about her physical appearance at a young age and she’ll be ready to answer her future daughter’s questions. She realises after she did her surgery that physical beauty is meaningless. In Life of Pi and Pretty, it shows how their journeys have impacted their sense of
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