Survival In Life Of Pi

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Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. After studying philosophy at university, he worked odds jobs and travelled before turning to writing. In addition to Life of Pi, he is the author of the novels Self and Beatrice and Virgil, the stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and the collection of letters to the Prime Minister of Canada What is Stephen Harper Reading?. Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. Yann Martel is best known for his famous writing Life of Pi which won man booker prize in 2002.
Life of pi is one of the most extraordinary novels of recent times. It is a great adventure story of a sixteen year old boy who survived a shipwreck and was left alone with a Bengal tiger. After a
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After the shipwreck Pi’s focus was on survival. Pi’s desire to stay alive was so strong that it triumphs morality although Pi was deeply principled and religious person. Pi tells two version of his story to the Japanese men, in which he shows that how his instincts helped him to survive in the sea and to stay alive. In the second version of Pi’s story the theme of survival is highlighted even more vividly because Pi is depended on his instincts even more than he tells in the first version of the story. Pi parallels his instincts of survival in the second version to Richard Parker in the first version; it is he, when he must survive, who steals food, he who kills the Frenchman. If the first version of the story with the animals is seen as a fictionalized version of the second story without animals, the very fact that he divides himself from his brutal survival instinct shows the power of that instinct. “If your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated…show more content…
Pi was a vegetarian Hindu boy and animal lover. Use imagery and diction explore the theme of survival instincts throughout life of Pi. Pi is first afraid of harming animals, but later he is described as “butchering a dorado”, this shows his transformation due to his id. Pi use his shoe as bait for fishing and unfortunately loses the whole shoe and the bait. 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. He even struggled to kill flying fish but the desperation of keep going and to live was so great that when he caught a Dorado, Pi bludgeoned a Dorado to death. The need to stay alive was so great that it turned Pi from gentle, animal lover person into someone who thirsted for the blood of sea turtles. “Lord, to think I’m a strict vegetarian. To think that when I was a child I always shuddered when I snapped open a banana because it sounded to me like the breaking of an animal’s neck. I descended to a level of savagery I never imagined possible.” “Butchering the turtle was hard work. My first one was a small hawksbill. it was its blood that tempted me, the “good, nutritious, salt-free drink” promised by the survival manual.” Pi is forced to eat meat and takes lives. Pi kills and eats quickly so that he can

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