Life of Pi Essay

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Trevor Smith Ms. Favro ENG4U-01 April 13th, 2013 Life of Pi: Quest or Enlightenment Over the course of this unit, I have read the so called “life changing” novel “The Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. This work of art happens to be a national best seller and has collected many literature awards. Piscine Molitor Patel, the young Indian protagonist is faced with a traumatic set of events which developed into a marvelous story of a castaway’s voyage, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. This essay will discuss the essential factors which enabled Pi to overcome the extreme circumstances and survive, to fulfill the archetypal quest hero pattern. The three main factors that saved Pi’s life are his religion, sanity, and will power. Pi Patel, a native of…show more content…
Due to the horrid, gruesome events that occurred on the lifeboat, it would definitely test Pi’s mental strength. On the life boat, there were four people all together; the crazy cook, the Taiwanese sailor, Pi, and his mother. However, when Pi tells his story to the two Japanese men for the transportation ministry, he retells his story only with animals instead of the people. Pi tells the men how there was first a zebra on the boat with a broken leg, a nasty hyena, orange juice the orangutan, and Richard Parker the Bengal tiger. In his story, the zebra broke his leg and then the hyena ripped it off and killed it. The orangutan had enough of the hyena, so he attacked it out of courage. Not surprisingly the hyena killed it as well. So there were three left; with the hyena about to attack Pi, Richard Parker killed the hyena. And from that point on, Pi tamed the tiger and became companions throughout the rest of his story. When the two men did not believe his animal story, he told the story only with people. The hyena being the revolting cook, the zebra as the Taiwanese man, orange juice as his mother. The two Japanese men confirm the two stories as they state, “So the Taiwanese sailor is the zebra, his mother is the orang-utan, the cook is ... the hyena – which means he’s the tiger!” (Martel 346). But wait, what about Richard Parker? Metaphorically, Pi must’ve been the tiger. The tiger symbolized strength, power, and bravery, which Pi had all of

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