preview

Life Of Pi And The Tyger Comparison Essay

Good Essays
Did you know that you could compare any two entities and they will always have some similar traits? You could examine two completely opposite things and find similarities between them. For instance, Heaven and Hell are considered to be completely opposite, but one could say that a similarity between the two is that they are worlds which exist in the afterlife. Deliberately or not, Martel's novel, Life of Pi, and Blake's poem, The Tyger, have countless similarities and differences to each other. Similarities among the two consist of the element of ferocity through the tigers and the involvement of the supernatural, while the differences include the perspective of the tigers.

Throughout the duration of Life of Pi, and along with the main message
…show more content…
The poem consists of questions regarding the creation of a savage and merciless animal, the tiger. "What immortal deeps or skies / Burnt the fire of thine eyes?" (5-6). In this quote, the speaker uses fire to symbolize evil. The speaker is trying to ask what hell or heaven planted the evil within the eyes of the tigers. In contrast to the poem, Life of Pi views the tiger (Richard Parker) completely different. Pi, the protagonist, understands the world completely differently, allowing him to recognize the good within animals. "It was Richard Parker who calmed me down. It is the irony of this story that the one who scared me witless to start with was the very same who brought me peace, purpose, I dare to say even wholeness." (Martel 2.57.1). This quote represents Richard Parker, the tiger, as a friendly and angelic animal. Pi explains that without the intimidating Richard Parker, he would be dead. This tiger brought Pi peace, purpose, and kept him from going insane; Richard Parker saved Pi's life. Altogether, a contrast between Life of Pi and The Tyger was through the perception of the tiger. In Life of Pi, the tiger is viewed as a positive, angelic character. However, in The Tyger, the tiger is viewed as a savage, evil, and terrible
Get Access