The idea of archetypal heroes finds its ways into countless prominent religions, literature, films, and epics. There are many types of heroes, dating all the way back to ancient times, namely Hercules of Rome or Prometheus of Greek mythology, to modern heroes, such as the Spiderman or the Hulk. However, one may perceive some characters in a story as heroes, while others may not. These characters may own some key attributes of a hero, but may lack others. An example of this is the main protagonist of the novel The Life of Pi, Piscine Molitor Patel, by Yann Martel. After selling the zoo in India, Pi and his family decide to move to Canada. During their trip to Canada, their cargo ship encounters a storm that sinks the ship. In the wake of the shipwreck, Pi is the sole human survivor as he boards a lifeboat, and spends what seems like an eternity out in the Pacific ocean in the company of an adult tiger. Throughout his 227-day journey, Pi becomes a clear archetypal hero.
Despite the fact that Pi earnestly strives to make the best of his situation and maintain his faith in God, at times, he is pushed past his tipping point. Like Jesus, he feels as if God deserted him and struggles to overcome his doubts in the Almighty. But in spite of Pi’s deplorable and hopeless situation, he still believes in the goodness of God: “Despair was a heavy blackness that let no light in or out. It was a hell beyond expression…. The blackness would stir and eventually go away, and God would remain, a
Pi’s hero’s journey begins with his ordinary life in Pondicherry, India. His father owns a zoo and he loves to help out and examine all the animals. Pi is very religious, therefore; he prays on his prayer rug almost every day. Pi was called to adventure when his family told him one day that they were moving to Canada. “We’ll sail like Columbus” (111).
In the story, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, the main character, Pi, is changed as a person after he must kill a flying fish in order to survive. Through this, Pi’s religious morals changed as well as his personality overall. When Pi first tries to kill the fish he continues to hesitate, and has a hard time committing the action to take the life away. As stated in an excerpt, “Several times I started bringing the hatchet down, but I couldn’t complete the action…A lifetime of peaceful vegetarianism stood between me and the willful beheading of a fish” (Martel 87). Throughout the beginning of Pi’s life, he is told not to kill any animal due to his vegetarian values. However, in this scenario, he has no choice. Through this, Pi transforms into a
Since he is still young, it is a road of up and downs, trial and error, to understand what it is like to become an independent adult. The mental boundaries mostly consist of how Pi’s religion(s) play into his life and his decisions. Because Pi is religious,
After this, Pi describes the killing of the cook/hyena surprisingly easy, this is the shadow self and survival instincts shining through as well. what does this say about pi? Has this changed him? Go into more depth, this seems a little rushed. Concluding
With the combination of magical realistic events and Pi’s religious beliefs, Pi along with the reader a contemplates life’s concepts. From the very beginning, Pi makes his love and yearning for religion clear. As Life of Pi progresses, the protagonist picks up multiple religions as he travels through the novel. With the addition of first Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity, Pi gains attention from leaders and priests of these faiths. Conflict commences with the religious leaders of these individual faiths.
If faced with great challenges would you choose to stick by your morals, or do whatever it takes to survive? This is the same question Piscine Molitor Patel or “pi” as he likes to be called, faced. From being stranded at sea for 227 days, to losing his family, Pi’s story is truly extraordinary. Through the use of personification, similes and metaphors proves that hardships in life can truly change someone. Yann Martel describes Pi’s journey with great detail making a story that will truly make you believe in god.
Life of Pi Rough Draft PARAGRAPH 1: INTRODUCTION Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a novel where a young boy named Pi survives on a lifeboat for 227 days. Pi grew up at a zoo in India with his family, and when he was 16, they moved to Canada. During their journey across the Pacific Ocean, the ship sinks and Pi manages to get on a life raft with a zebra, a tiger, an orangutan, and a hyena. Soon after the tragedy, the zebra and orangutan were killed by the hyena, and the hyena was killed by the tiger, Richard Parker. Pi and Richard Parker survive together for the rest of the time.
Pi’s mother is displayed as the typical housewife in India as she takes on the stereotypical domestic roles of a woman by cooking, cleaning and looking after her children in their household. In addition, “Before moving to Pondicherry zoo, father ran a large hotel in madras” (Martel 14). Evidently, Pi’s father takes on the role of the breadwinner in the novel by going to work everyday and by controlling the household. Furthermore, as being the dominant figure in the household, Pi’s father (Santosh Patel) has made the major decisions in the household, for instance like moving to Canada and selling the Podicherry zoo. On the Patel’s moving day, Pi’s mother seemed “sad.
Lastly, Pi’s ability to hunt and prepare food gave him the advantage over Richard Parker and allowed them to build an unspoken bond. Pi was deathly afraid of getting eaten by Richard Parker which was a drive for him to catch food. Pi believes that if Richard Parker wasn't on the lifeboat with him, he wouldn't have put such a large effort into collecting food and water: “[W]ithout Richard Parker, I wouldn’t be alive today to tell you my story”(Martel 182). Without Richard Parker's presence, Pi would have not put the effort into surviving as much as he did. The bond was less of a friendship and more of a companionship. This is understood when Pi states,”You may be astonished that in such a short period of time I could go from weeping over the muffled killing of a flying fish to gleefully bludgeoning to death a Dorado”(Martel 205). Richard Parker pulled Pi away from his religious beliefs by creating a sense of confinement and saying, “If you don't kill, I will”. This results in Pi being pushed to break his vegetarianism and brutally kill the Durado to please Richard Parker. Pi sees richard parker as a companion and in turn feels the need to provide for him. On one hand pi provides food to protect himself and on the other he has an underlying respect for richard parker and wants him to remain healthy and happy. ''I love you!'' The words burst out pure and unfettered, infinite. The feeling flooded my chest. ''Truly I do. I love you, Richard Parker...Don't
The key passage in the story "Life of PI" by Yann Martel is at the beginning of chapter thirty-seven. The first important part of the passage is when Pi is stranded on the lifeboat in the middle of the Ocean, and he sees someone he knows and thanks all the leaders of the faiths he believed in, Muslim, Hindu, and Christian. This is important because one of the main themes of the story is religion. Throughout the story, Pi has met a lot of people that have tried to convert him to one religion only, and this has caused internal conflict for Pi, as all the times he has been in dangerous situations, he has tried to find answers and help in all three religions. The believing in all three faiths is also important because it is what comforts and gives
Life of Pi is a movie about Pi, a shipwreck survivor, and his epic journey of discovery and faith. It is based on Yann Martel’s novel with the same name, and the movie, directed by Ang Lee, makes use of magical realism to convey many themes related to life and spirituality. Many significant symbols are also used to showcase the characteristics of magical realism. In particular, water and the carnivorous island were two important symbols that represented the theme of spirituality in Life of Pi.
In the movie, Life of Pi, the main character Pi Patel makes convincing arguments for the existence of God through both natural religion and revealed religion. His argument is that God exists because that is the better story. The plot of the movie is Pi telling an author his life story, including his religious experiences before, and after the shipwreck. In this essay, I will argue that Pi makes a stronger argument for the existence of God through natural religion.