After finding land and falling on the mexican shore, Pi is saved by a local Mexican community and taken to a nearby hospital. At this hospital everything in this story past the shipwreck is questioned by a couple of japanese Interviewers. Pi then tells an alternate story where he replaces the animals with living characters from the book. In this alternate story his mother is the orangutan “Orange juice” that eventually gets killed. The intensity in this part of the novel shows the emotion of Pi and everything he has endured through.
The Japanese boat Tsimtsum in which the family takes to travel to Canada with all their animals unfortunately sinks. Pi is able to escape onto a life raft as for the rest of his family ends up not surviving the wreck. The big turning point in the story where Pi now has to find out a way to survive. A tiger named “Richard Parker”, a zebra, a hyena and an Orangutan named “Orange Juice” are all stuck on a lifeboat with Pi. Pi begins to start using the wisdom his dad had taught him through the years.
Unfortunately it wasn't what they had expected because Pi found human teeth in fruit like plants, the island became acidic at night, and the fish were salt water fish in a freshwater pond. Thus lead Pi to gather up food and head back on his voyage home. The road back to Pi’s somewhat normal life begins after he leaves the uncanny, floating island. Pi has felt many levels of fear and wanting death to come his way but this was the climax of his tolerance for life. As the journey comes to a conclusion, Pi lands on a Mexican beach after 227 days at sea.
Throughout his 227-day journey, Pi becomes a clear archetypal hero. Pi and his family live in an unfortunate time period, where economic downfall and the threat of martial law plagues the country of India. Pi’s father believes that the family should move to Canada because poor, long-term politics is bad for the business of their zoo. He also wants his sons to live a better life, and hold better chances at a successful future in a prosperous land. When Pi’s father announces the news during a family dinner, Pi is found
Pi’s life changing traumatic event came while aboard a ship with his family. The ship sank and all but himself and few zoo animals survived. Pi lost his family and had to survive under the worst of circumstances. He was without a great supply of food and water. Also, Pi was without a family.
The boat in which Pi makes his treacherous journey has an orange-red interior, and sunsets displaying the same hue appeared an awful lot. On the island that Pi finds when he is most in need, was full of lush greens and foliage. Although green is very prevalent in nature, the magnitude with which it could be found was a little over the top. Red and green may be the traditional colours used in fantastical scenes, but Life of Pi also used a very specific shade of blue to demonstrate the difference between fiction and reality. This blue, although pale, was very bright, and housed a luminous quality.
The men have some major snags accepting his story and request that he let them know reality. Pi recounts a second story that straightforwardly reflects his to begin with, however rather than animals; he is stranded on the raft with his mom, a cook, and a mariner. The similitudes between the two stories make it clear that his mom represents Orange Juice, Pi represents Richard Parker, the mariner represents the zebra and the cook represents to the hyena. While both book and film have the same consummation, their tones are much distinctive and can lead the gathering of people to diverse conclusions. In the novel, Pi seems irritated with the two men and practically appears to recount to them the story so hopefully they will allow him to sit unbothered.
Despite Yann Martel’s ability to incorporate some comedic and ironic elements to the novel, Life of Pi shows a stronger sense of an Autumn Tragedy and Summer Romance. As the story progresses, it is only towards the end of the narrative where the reader realizes the horrific and shocking reality of Pi’s journey. After reading the third part of the novel and analyzing Frye’s four archetypal narratives, I believe the most fitting mythos for Life of Pi would be an Autumn Tragedy. Weather Pi lost his mother to a cannibalistic cook or at sea, the loss of his entire family is something that is undoubtedly tragic and unbearable. Before this, however, Pi experiences a childhood that tailors nicely to Frye’s first few phases of an Autumn Tragedy.
Some could argue that Pi takes part in three religions at once out of rebellion. His approach is to combine the elements he found important from Islam, Catholicism, and Hinduism. As one would predict, this causes much distress among Pi’s parents and the religious personnel involved from each religion when they ended up converging by accident. When he and his family are ready to board the Tsimtsum, Pi is a little rattled due to his family having to leave
She was so ready to kill Rikki-Tikki. She had to, for Nag, and for her eggs. When she went down into the snake hole, and Rikki-Tikki followed, everyone was sure Nagaina was going to kill him. “For Nagaina will surely kill him underground” (27). Then, there came Rikki-Tikki.