Pi’s hero’s journey begins with his ordinary life in Pondicherry, India. His father owns a zoo and he loves to help out and examine all the animals. Pi is very religious, therefore; he prays on his prayer rug almost every day. Pi was called to adventure when his family told him one day that they were moving to Canada. “We’ll sail like Columbus” (111). Pi’s father said this in relation because the Patel’s, themselves, were about to sail across the ocean. They will be traveling on the Tsimtsum across the Pacific Ocean. Pi was not exhilarated when he heard this from his dad. He refused this call because he was agitated that he was getting ready leave everything behind in India, in fear that; he was vacating the zoo and also he was leaving
Yann martel wrote a book featuring a young adult named Piscine Patel who is on his way to complete a hero's journey. This journey really shows how much someone can adapt to such a life changing experience. Before Pi’s journey began he lived in Pondicherry, India, along with growing up in the zoo his father owned. Having the opportunity to be raised in a zoo gave him skills that help him survive his voyage.
Life of Pi is a movie about Pi, a shipwreck survivor, and his epic journey of discovery and faith. It is based on Yann Martel’s novel with the same name, and the movie, directed by Ang Lee, makes use of magical realism to convey many themes related to life and spirituality. Many significant symbols are also used to showcase the characteristics of magical realism. In particular, water and the carnivorous island were two important symbols that represented the theme of spirituality in Life of Pi.
Pi continues his journey by learning how to live in a small space with these animals and even training one of them. In the end Pi reveals another story with people replacing the animals that were on the lifeboat before. Pi had initially used animals which best represented the people who were really in the boat. This showed how throughout the story, since these people were put into a life threatening situation, they had revealed a more primal side. Life of Pi is accompanied with various symbols, with each
Despite the fact that Pi earnestly strives to make the best of his situation and maintain his faith in God, at times, he is pushed past his tipping point. Like Jesus, he feels as if God deserted him and struggles to overcome his doubts in the Almighty. But in spite of Pi’s deplorable and hopeless situation, he still believes in the goodness of God: “Despair was a heavy blackness that let no light in or out. It was a hell beyond expression…. The blackness would stir and eventually go away, and God would remain, a
Life of Pi is a battle taking place in pi’s mind between his id, superego, and ego. Your id is the primal side of your mind “ I want to do that now.” Your superego is over corrective “You can’t do that now” Your ego is a compromise of the id and the superego. In life of Pi the id is represented by Richard Parker. Life of Pi represents how our id is hidden inside of us when we are in society but, when we need a primal side it comes out and keeps us alive.
Louie decides to enlist into the Air Force. Eventually after military training, Louie becomes a bombardier. On a mission, across the Pacific Ocean the plane crashes into the ocean. Only Louie Zamperini, Phil Phillips, and Francis Mac McNamara survives. Drifting on an inflatable life-raft the men have no food, little water, and no preservation from the blistering sun or the sharks that constantly attacking them.
“Surviving in the Extreme” What does it take to survive in an extreme environment? To survive in an extreme you need to be brave, hopeful, and intelligent. In the “Story of Keesh” and “The Life of Pi” they are pushed to their limits to survive in the extreme circumstances and survive in the unknown territories. To start with, in “The Story of Keesh” by Jack London, Keesh faces danger to supply food for himself and the village. ”The killing of a polar bear is very dangerous,but thrice dangerous it is,and three times thrice,to kill a mother bear with her cubs.
If faced with great challenges would you choose to stick by your morals, or do whatever it takes to survive? This is the same question Piscine Molitor Patel or “pi” as he likes to be called, faced. From being stranded at sea for 227 days, to losing his family, Pi’s story is truly extraordinary. Through the use of personification, similes and metaphors proves that hardships in life can truly change someone. Yann Martel describes Pi’s journey with great detail making a story that will truly make you believe in god.
Heroes have always been a major aspect of the literature world, with men taking on challenges beyond their limits, bravely saving the things around them, courageously helping someone, or numerous other heroic deeds. Millions of stories, whether they be new, old, fiction or nonfiction, have been published with a hero as the main character who endures struggle and glory through their journey. Over time, though, the hero archetype has changed drastically due to the change in the world and humanity. A hero from today’s day in age might be considered a hero, when back then hundreds of years ago, he/she would have been merely considered someone who has done a good thing. The archetype has undergone numerous changes considering the “hero’s” personality,
These realistic events are not the only examples that show Pi ignores all his morals in order to survive and over the course of the book these events can be seen to get more unbelievable. In addition, this progression could relate to the continuous loss of humanity inside of Pi. Most evidently, in Part 2 an almost direct progression to become more and more magical and unbelievable can be found. Beginning with the shipwreck, then along the way, finding another blind man on the vast ocean and finally to come across a floating island
Thunder and rumble, I feel the wrath of God on the ocean we are sailing. Suddenly I hear a crash, and I fly across my cage violently, the yelling of the voices on the vessel in shock and suddenly I hear the words “We’re going down!” A zoo keeper comes down the the hull of the ship and begins opening the cages of animals- the zebra, the monkeys, the hounds, all released waiting patiently for my turn the zookeeper falls over. He does not move and water comes crashing into the hull-I’m going to die. I lie down on the ground as water pours in accepting my fate. Suddenly I see something, no somebody, swim into the half flooded room, he drgs into his pocket forceful and pulls out a ring of keys and unlocks my cage. Freedom at last, I bite the boys shirt and drag him up onto the main deck, I drop him letting him choose his
(pg 118).” In this moment that Louie and the crew members crash, Louie is drowning but eventually makes it up to shore. He finds his friend Phil and the tail gunner, Mac and they all live the on rafts. While in the rafts, they have to struggle when Mac has also eaten all their chocolate and all their water is done. However, Louie shows his endurance throughout their lives stranded in the sea.
Pi indicates, “You may be astonished that in such a short period of time I could go from weeping over the muffled killing of a flying fish to gleefully bludgeoning to death a dorado” (Martel 89). This clearly states that Pi is a dynamic character through this time span. At first, his religious values made it hard for him to kill the flying fish, but when the dorado was killed “gleefully” he goes against his religious values. Conclusively, people may think that Pi does not change as a person, but evidently, he is looked upon as a dynamic character after the actions of killing the flying
Miraculously, Phil and Louie are able to survive life on the raft and make it to land. However, they end up over enemy lines. The Japanese then capture them and imprison them, where they are tortured endlessly for years until the war ends. Louie suffers severe posttraumatic stress disorder and battles with alcoholism. It’s not until Louie goes to a sermon and rediscovers god that he is saved and is free from the war memories in his mind, finally redeeming himself.