The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein vs. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
When comparing the two novels, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and Life of Pi by Yann Martel, one could say there are many similarities, such as there are animals in the story. However, these books have deeper underlying concepts that relate them to each other. Through the motif of death, concept of spirituality, and the art of storytelling, the novels The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and Life of Pi by Yann Martel, are closely related. Throughout the novel The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein reveals to the reader the motifs of death and illness. The forces of death and illness have a strong manipulation over the plot, the decisions…show more content… When her diagnosis of brain cancer arrived it was a huge manipulation to the actions of multiple characters in the story. This includes Trish and Maxwell, Eve’s parents, who took Eve’s illness as an opportunity to pick a major custody fight with Denny, Enzo’s owner, over the custody of his child. This affects Denny immensely, and allows him to become distant because he doesn’t accept the reality that his wife is sick. Because Denny doesn’t accept the fact, he suffers huge consequences that affect the plot.
Death is an also an important motif throughout the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Death takes two forms in this novel. The first is an antagonist. The main character Pi
“The reason death sticks so closely to life isn 't biological necessity; it 's envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can.”
The matter is difficult to put into words. For fear, real fear, such as shakes you to your foundation, such as you feel when you are brought face to face with your mortal end, nestles in your memory like a gangrene; it seeks to rot everything, even the words with which to speak of it. [...]. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don 't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you. (2.56.4)