In comparison, Ang Lee’s film, “The Life of Pi” is primarily focused on the process of self-discovery through isolation. Lee makes it clear that discoveries can shape our identity by either challenging or affirming our beliefs about ourselves and our world. The initial challenging discoveries of doubt and inner darkness can enable the protagonist to emerge wise and fulfilled, eventually rewarding them with a fully-grown depth of understanding and discernment. In the first stage of discovery the individual leaves the familiar and ventures from the ordinary into the extraordinary. The Tempest opens during a fierce storm at sea, with a royal party on board, representing Prospero’s initial
Pi could survive on the ocean for many months is a miracle, and he even stayed with a tiger during the venture. He probably was eaten by the tiger, but he didn’t. In Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, Pi survival depended on his past experiences, Pi not only survives, he becomes stronger due to learning how to swim when he was young, believing in three religions, and stay with animals for a long time because he father used to own a zoo. Learning how to swim when Pi was young helps him to survive when he was in the sea. If he cannot swim, he will probably be eaten by the tiger, Richard Parker.
Discoveries within an individual’s life involve a notion of duality, presenting challenging obstacles, however acting as a catalyst to the maturing of one’s perspective. Both, Ang Lee’s film The Life of Pi and poet, Robert Frost’s Road Not Taken, explore this concept as Lee portrays the astray protagonist, Pi Patel, as he experiences a development in his personal identity as well as a spiritual internal conflict, whereas, Frost conveys the indecisiveness of human nature and creates a notion of choices having consequences. In nuanced way, the two texts underpin that undergoing the challenges are necessary to enlighten an individual’s mindset. Firstly, Lee suggests a physical challenge the astray protagonist faces as he is cast into the barren
Instead of realizing the extremity of his situation, Pi uses his mind and creates a story to mask the madness of what is really happening. He uses this story to hide true feelings, he also tries to get closer with the higher powers he believes in, hoping they will lead him to land safely. Both faith and reason are very powerful aspects in Martel’s novel, while telling Pi’s story, he leads the readers to believe all humans must find a balance between the two and when to let faith or reason overstep the boundaries.
Yann Martel used thirst as an important element throughout the book. It is also linked to the tiger’s original name. Pi is not physical or mentally thirsty for water but rather for the spirit of God. Through Pi’s thirst for God’s spirit Yann Martel creates a link to the Bible and Pi as the savior, Christ died in a hard way but only complained about being thirsty. Yann Martel compares Christ’s suffering with the suffering of Pi on the lifeboat with no water.
He notices he eats his food as quickly and animalistically as Richard Parker does. Other examples of his slipping humanity would be the first time he killed a fish. As Pi addressed in the book, “to think that I 'm a strict vegetarian. . .
Bless Me Ultima and Life of Pi are eloquent examples of novels with evident differences but similar foundational concepts. Religion and curiosity are two prominent traits that drive Antonio and Piscine’s motivation allowing the reader to see the individuality within them. The two protagonists are born into the primary race and religion of their community and by a young age it is evident that they have the ability to connect to their culture and faith more than other kids their age. As they continue to mature their curiosity propels them to constantly seek answers to difficult questions leading them to unintentionally explore various facets of their faiths. As Antonio is turning seven, a series of traumatic events drives him to question everything from whether or not "If God is really smart as the bible says,
He had no other bait. He scolds himself. “Stupidity has a price. You should show more care and wisdom next time.” Pi finds himself without bait for catching fish until he discovers the flying fish. The flying fish was the reason he could catch fish and survive.
In the novel Life of Pi, by Martel Yann, he uses a juxtaposition to show Pi’s ambivalence: “It’s not right that gentleness meet horror. Better that you had died right away" (139). Here the contrast is between “gentleness” and horror”. These two words show Pi’s ambivalent feelings. He thinks the Orange is a great mother but he does not hope that she comes to his lifeboat because she will arouse a massacre.
The whole novel is in the first person perspective. Yann Martel uses the first person perspective in “Life of Pi” to explain the events more detail, to strengthen the feeling of the character, and to enhance the emotion of the readers. First person perspective is important because it helps Pi explain the details of the first time Pi gets on the lifeboat. It is a new environment, so he doesn’t know what to do. He describes his surroundings, “It landed with a loud crash on the last bench, smashing it and shaking the whole lifeboat……put out at the highest pitch of distress” (Yann Martel chapter 39) When Pi is on the lifeboat, he observed some details around him.