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.
Yann martel wrote a book featuring a young adult named Piscine Patel who is on his way to complete a hero's journey. This journey really shows how much someone can adapt to such a life changing experience. Before Pi’s journey began he lived in Pondicherry, India, along with growing up in the zoo his father owned. Having the opportunity to be raised in a zoo gave him skills that help him survive his voyage.
The Quest of Pi The Life of Pi a quest with an strong influence of religion that is apparent throughout the story. “We are all born like Catholics, aren't we--in limbo without religion, until some figure introduces us to god” (Martel 58). Piscine Molitor Patel a young Indian teen has a unique infatuation with religion. Yann Martel, the author of Life of Pi, Gave Pi or Piscine an interesting life that is different from others.
Pi continues his journey by learning how to live in a small space with these animals and even training one of them. In the end Pi reveals another story with people replacing the animals that were on the lifeboat before. Pi had initially used animals which best represented the people who were really in the boat. This showed how throughout the story, since these people were put into a life threatening situation, they had revealed a more primal side. Life of Pi is accompanied with various symbols, with each
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
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.
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,
Yet I knew it had to be done... Tears flowing down my cheeks, I egged myself on until I heard a cracking sound and I no longer felt any life” The killing of this fish really hurt Pi because he is very religious and believes that all lives are sacred. Pi’s fishing ability strengthened over time which helped his ability to survive for 227 days in the Pacific
This idea may be based off of the fact that he had to kill the fish in order to survive, and to keep Richard Parker (the tiger) alive as well. Following the time of killing the flying fish (which Pi uses as bait) he catches a dorado, and explains that the food he is catching is for Richard Parker. Pi states, “It was for Richard Parker and he would have dispatched it with expert ease” (Martel 89). Through a religious aspect, it can be seen that Pi did not necessarily change is values, but had to go against his morals because of the specific scenario of survival. This may be true; however, Pi directly mentions that he is changed from the time of killing the flying fish to taking the life away from a beautiful dorado.
Envision being stranded at sea for two hundred and twenty seven days. Would you survive? This is precisely what the main character faces in Life of Pi by Yann Martel. The book tells the story of Piscine Motor Patel and his obstacles as he is stranded on a lifeboat with a 450 pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker- they had been on a Japanese cargo ship called the Tsimtsum until it sank in a “monstrous metallic burp” in the middle of the Pacific ocean (121). Piscine, otherwise known as Pi, goes against all odds as he fights for his survival.
Pi in Life of Pi states “What was missing here to tame Richard Parker? Time? It might be weeks before a ship sighted me. I had all the time in the world. Resolve?
To begin, in the text, Life of Pi, explains the harsh environment. For instance, Pi must find a way to survive in a lifeboat with a tiger. ” I watched the ship as it disappeared with burbling and belching,” and “I had not a drop to drink or a bite to eat or a minute of sleep in three days,” this quote explains what Pi is going through.
The movie begins with Pi describing how he was introduced to religion through Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Pi states “None of us know God unless he is introduced to us.” Pi says that throughout his life he came to know a few of the Hindu gods through stories about the world and through experiences. He says, “the Gods were my super heroes growing up.”