Life Of Pi Vs Story Of Keesh Essay

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The two stories, "The Life of Pi," by Yann Martel and "The Story of Keesh," by Jack London share a typical theme, survival against the forces of nature. With Pi in the ocean and Jack in the Arctic. Yet not at all like Pi, Keesh volunteered to keep his whole town alive while Pi, was constrained into his own circumstance, which was being stranded amidst the sea on a raft with a tiger on board. They both have a lot of similarities and contrast, in topics and different part of the story. For instance, selfishness and resourceful are one of them. The stories do specify unselfishly and brains as being a piece of them, however, there are distinctive circumstances in which the character exhibits them.
In the two stories, Pi and Keesh both show selfishness when confronted with their issues. In "The Life of Pi" it states "I had to tame him. It was at that moment that I realized this necessity. It was not a question of him or me, but of him and me. We were, literally and figuratively, in the same boat. We would live— or we would die— together." Also in "The Story of Keesh" it states "And in the division of it he was just. As his father had done before him, he saw to it that the least old woman and the last old man received a fair portion, keeping no more for himself than his needs required. " These quotations from the stories show that
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Pi helped two living objects who include himself and Richard Parker, while Keesh helps everyone on his tribe. A tribe has a minimum of 200 people. He fed them all and helped them survive. In "The life of Pi" Pi only saves Richard Parker and himself. If there were other individuals we can infer he would only try to save himself. In "The Story of Keesh" Keesh makes sure that every last woman and man get food. It states in the story "As his father had done before him, he saw to it that the least old woman and the last old man received a fair portion, keeping no more for himself than his needs
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