Life Of Pi Analysis

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Usually adventure fictions deal with the story of a small group of people or an individual, trapped in an isolated Island or an unknown place, who will eventually escape by using a “survival kit” containing makeshift tools necessary to fight for life. Life of pi is entirely different from such adventure stories. It is the story of a teenage boy who used faith and imagination as survival kit, to survive a shipwreck.
Psychoanalytical perspectives in Life of Pi This novel begins with Pi’s childhood and youth. In India, Pi’s family had owned a ‘zoo’ but they later decided to sell the animals and immigrate to Canada on a cargo ship named Tsimtsum. A terrible storm that occurred during the voyage killed Pi’s entire family. Pi, stranded on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for 227 days, with only some animals like a tiger named Richard Parker, Hyena, an injured Zebra and an orangutan named Orange Juice, felt utter hopelessness. There, Pi had to witness how the hyena killed the zebra and Orange Juice, and Richard Parker killed the hyena. Like any other person who got entrapped in life threatening situation, Pi was also having hard times and was ready to go any extremes to save himself, both from
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The ‘author’s note’ recounts how the author encountered Pi’s story. He came to India to write a novel. The author meets a man named Francis Adirumbasamy in an Indian Coffee House on Nehru Street in Pondicherry. Francis tells the author: "I have a story that will make you believe in God"(Martel xii). Francis Adirumbasamy (also known as Mamaji) is the guru of all gurus, a catalyst, a seed and the spark of the novel. In fact, Mamaji is believed to have introduced Pi to spirituality as a practice and taught him how to swim. The ability to swim turns into a pretty practical gift when Pi ends up in the middle of the ocean. It is also a metaphor for the gift of faith, which helped Pi to sustain on the open
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