Life Of Pi By Yann Martel

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Surviving a tragic situation is a true test of external strengths and, more importantly, internal strength. The use of mental strength allows for many people to conquer various obstacles throughout a journey. The novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel allows readers to imagine a young boy named Piscine Patel trying to survive a shipwreck using everything that he learns and experiences. Piscine Patel survives many things such as dehydration, starvation, living on a lifeboat with animals, drowning, and crashing on a foreign island. The personality traits of Piscine Patel are what enable him to survive and the three most important character traits that he possesses are optimism, intelligence and perseverance. Initially, optimism is what allows…show more content…
Piscine states “I kept myself busy. That was one key to my survival" (Martel 210). Praying creates comfort for Piscine as well as peace that God is listening to him and he is hopeful that God might answer his prayers. These two ideas of being busy in worship and finding comfort in a superior being are very important for Piscine’s survival as it allows his mind to stay sane by keeping it preoccupied which is an important key for survival or he might eventually become mad and crazy. Piscine calls on his three various faiths when he is in need as this creates hope for him. An example of this is when he wants to save a tiger named, Richard Parker he says "Jesus, Mary, Muhammad and Vishnu, how good to see you, Richard Parker! Don 't give up, please” (Martel 107). He uses faith to guide the tiger to the lifeboat and he also hopes that the tiger will make it to the boat so that he will not be alone. A person who possesses hope and is optimistic believes in something without knowing the outcome and that is exactly how Piscine reacts when the lifeboat arrives at a foreign island. Additionally, Piscine hopes that there are humans and food on the foreign island. Piscine is also really excited to arrive at the island because throughout the journey he is stuck on a lifeboat and wants to be on land so that he can walk and explore. The island provides him with an abundant quantity of algae which he eats. This creates further hope for Piscine as he has a

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