Life Of Pi Fear Analysis

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How Fear and Foresight Work Together

Fear is defined as being an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief something is dangerous. Foresight on the other hand has a very different definition. The definition for foresight is the ability to predict what will happen in the near future. Throughout Yann Martel’s the novel, Life of Pi, he explores both the ideas of fear and foresight and how they connect. Martel uses a number of different literary devices, especially symbols, to develop this connection within Pi’s character. The major symbols that Martel uses to develop these ideas are; the lifeboat and Richard Parker. These symbols play a huge role in strengthening the interplay of fear and foresight and the purpose of this connection.
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Another important part highlighting the motivation of Pi’s fear is when he is truly aware of his fear and what is going on. Martel shows that Pi has come to terms with this fear by saying “I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unerring ease. It begins in your mind, always” (2.56.178) This passage shows Pi’s awareness of his fear and suffering, as well as, that he knows he must go through much more in order to survive.

The ability to have knowledge about future events is often crucial to one's next actions. For Pi, it is shown throughout the novel that he was always alert and that he uses his knowledge to aid him with future events or future things that he may encounter. The biggest example of Pi’s foresight coming into play is when he meets Richard Parker. Martel uses foreshadowing in the first part to show that a seemingly random scene provides crucial knowledge later in life. When Pi is a young boy, his father teaches him all about tigers and how to deal with them. Before this lesson he states “I’m going to show you how dangerous tigers are…I want you to remember this lesson for the rest of your lives.” (1.8.37) Prior to this, Pi’s father also says that this important lesson will save their lives. Little did Pi know,
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