Life Of Pi Narrative Analysis

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Pi is the protagonist and narrator of the story. He has a deep affinity with religion from a young age. He tells his own experience and shows his religious thoughts in the story. Life of Pi uses unreliable first person narration not only to increase subjectivity of this edge-of-seat adventure by depicting Pi 's frequently philosophical thoughts but also to improve the readers ' affinity for him. The way in which young Pi retells the whole story of how he survived his days at the Pacific Ocean reveals his religion and faith directly. When Pi nearly gives up, a voice has made itself heard in his heart. "I will not die. I refuse it. I will make it through this nightmare. I have survived so far, miraculously. Now I will turn miracle into…show more content…
Narration from the view of the young boy is attractive and brings the readers into Pi 's marvellous adventure, but it makes his story more like a magical-realistic fable. Pi carries the readers into the unimaginable adventure and reveals the deep motif of the story by his own description. Disbelief is suspended like Pi lives above the terrible depths of the Pacific Ocean. Although it looks like a simple story, it has a rational theme worth thinking about. When Richard Parker feels hungry and looks very weak on the lifeboat. Pi shouts to him: "Stop your trembling! This is miracle. This is an outbreak of divinity. This is… this is…" (Life of Pi 302). Pi talks with the tiger. It looks like real in the story, but it leaves us a suspension: what is the relationship of Pi and the tiger? The readers cannot know the truth because when Pi starts to retell his story, it seems everything happens in his adventure beyond real life. But they can follow him to enter his magical world. Pi tries to comfort Richard Parker and encourage himself at the same time. The unreliable first person narration reveals his legendary experiences directly and helps the readers to understand his psychological changes. Pi 's faith and religion not only give him positive energy, but also improve his creativity. The way of narration brings the readers into Pi 's marvellous adventure and makes them no longer consider this is just a fantasy story. By his own description, Pi indicates a deep rational theme indirectly. "It came as an unmistakable indication to me of how low I had sunk the day I noticed, with a pinching of the heart, that I ate like an animal, that this noisy, frantic, unchewing wolfing-down of mine was exactly the way Richard Parker ate" (Life of Pi 320). Pi shows that his own action is like an animal. The way of narration suggests the theme of survival vividly. Pi and Richard Parker live together on one boat. The readers obtain the truth by his telling. Their emotions will fall
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