The most significant discoveries are those that provoke individuals to reconsider the ways which they view themselves and the world around them. This idea is epitomised in the film ‘Life of Pi’ by Ang Lee and the novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ which both strategically use their characters experiences with discovery to invite the audience to gain a deeper and more profound understanding of how intellectual and spiritual discovery shapes an individual.
The discovery of the relativity of truth allows for recognition of the fact that the truth is anything but absolute. This observation is an intellectual one which helps clarify the complexity that surrounds us daily. In the metafictive dialogue ‘Life of Pi’ which the author declares he prefers the story with the tiger, and Pi replies “So it goes with God”. This not only reveals the theme of the film but is an aphorism which reveals how objective the truth is that it can be interpreted based on any given religion or belief held by the interpreter as we learn that there is no one truth and that we can only find the truth within our own context making it the ultimate discovery about himself and others. All the different views of one thing is highlighted with the name of the eponymous character “Pi” because it can be rationally defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter or as an irrational number making it an icon for the nature of truth. This is motif and symbolism for the truth that is viewed in the panning