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. Martel powerfully demonstrates that an individual’s humanity can be chipped away through traumatic isolation; throughout his journey, Pi digresses from predatory behavior to desperation to cannibalism. …show more content…
Pi encounters a French castaway; the castaway foolishly enters Pi’s lifeboat and is eaten by Richard Parker. After Richard Parker kills the French castaway, Pi starts using the leftover flesh for his own uses, such as fishing: “I will confess that I caught one of his arms with the gaff and used his flesh as bait” (322). In his isolated state, he thinks of nothing but survival and how he will receive his next meal. Soon after, Pi even goes to the extremity of eating the flesh of the mangled dead castaway. This deed of cannibalism barely registers in his mind as he admits, “... I ate some of his flesh. I mean small pieces… they slipped into my mouth nearly unnoticed” (322). Pi’s humanity dissipates, causing him to blindly commit such barbaric acts. In times of traumatic isolation, an individual’s humanity can fade away over time. In Life of Pi, Yann Martel depicts this loss of humanity through Pi’s predatory characteristics, desperation, and cannibalism during his days at sea. Martel links isolation to loss of humanity, a harsh reality evident in the world today. Those who have been isolated from society often carry out incredibly inhumane acts; the loss of community and connection to others can lead an individual down a dark path that eventually causes their humanity to
Above the rungs on the little lifeboat I see four figures a zebra, an orangutan, a ravenous hyena and my owner 's son- Pi. I lie and stay still under the rung of the lifeboat as the sun beats intensely on the boat. Pi looks afraid as the hyena is growling viciously. Out of nowhere, the hyena sprints and mangles the zebra until it lies there dead, but this hyena was thirst for blood and it devours the orangutan as well covering the boat in the metallic blood. Knowing I could not survive of this boat alone, I have to protect Pi.
Straying from humanity can result in many dangerous effects such as a lack of empathy toward others and abandoning one's moral compass. Once a person has been distanced from humanity they start to express a lack of empathy, or that they have never had a sense of empathy in the first place. In “The Most Dangerous Game”
Have you ever felt abandoned? Abandonment is a very common thing in our society today and happens in many different circumstances and is a feeling no one likes to have. Isolation is a very big theme in the story “Zolaria” and is also considered the monster of the short story. I saw many different themes and monsters in the story “Zolaria” but the main themes are isolation and sickness. Isolation and sickness are monsters are monsters that effect characters by altering friendships, changing personalities and showing character.
Mental Battles at Sea 227. The number of days Pi survived at sea with little food, little water and, even a Bengal Tiger..or so he thought. Life of Pi, written by Yann Martel, describes the journey of a young boy named Piscine Patel, also known as Pi, whose father owns a zoo in India. When his family decides to sell the zoo and move to Canada, the freighter they travel in breaks down and sinks. Luckily, Pi gets on a life boat just in time but weirdly enough, with four zoo animals who were also in the freighter.
I'm sorry. Well I guess we don't have a choice.” (“Into Fat Air”) Peter’s quick decision to begin eating the boy shows his way of living in the moment and making choices that don’t necessarily make sense. Perhaps if the family had kept trying to make it down, they would have and wouldn’t have needed to become cannibals.
Mary Shelley, in her book, Frankenstein, has a reoccurring theme of isolation, in which she isolates the main character, Victor Frankenstein, from the rest of society in order to create a creature. Likewise, the creature that is created is also isolated from the rest of society as he is rejected from his creator as to his appearance. The theme is present throughout the novel as it reinforces Victor’s downfall from a normal boy to a grown man intrigued with creating life as he slowly becomes a madman that everyone soon fears. Isolation causes a loss of humanity as it affects the mind and body. Isolation from society does not teach social interaction, causes regret about oneself, provides one with negative feelings, and causes regretful actions.
The isolation from other “good guys” made the man to not hesitate to kill the stranger in front of his child. To sum up, after everything in the world died and survivors were isolated from hope and light, people started to act different as they used to. The author Cormac McCarthy shows how people follow their barbarity and selfishness to survive throughout the book. This also relates to people living now,
Isolation can bring out the best in people, like the boy’s constant desire to not become like the bad guys that eat people. When they boy and his father are going to sleep after a long day the boy asks the dad “Are we still the good guys?”, in which the father reassuringly responds yes(77). The kid is worried about becoming bad and becoming what the other people are like, which is a good mentality because no human should succumb to what the groups are doing. The father and son have an unspoken pact, this pact is that if one dies the other will too. This is expressed by the father when he says “that you won’t survive for yourself.
Every day, people are forced to face many challenges, physically, mentally, and socially. Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a key example of the challenges a character must face in order to survive in the vast ocean with no food, water, or company. Yann Martel’s masterful use of tone creates a character whose struggles for survival are not only physical, but also psychological. In Life of Pi, the author, Yann Martel uses humorous and reflective tones to further describe the main character, Pi’s primary method of coping with the challenges he faces throughout his life.
Richard Parker is a very unique and unorthodox character that has not seized to amaze so far. His human like qualities can be shown throughout the book so far and come out in a variation of ways. One of his very distinctive qualities that can be associated with a human from Richard Parker is Isolation from Pi and the other animals. He mainly stays under the tarpool and does not interact. He formed his own boundary from those around him which can be associated with humans needing their space or looking for some peace.
Yann Martel is an award-winning Canadian author with many notable works, including Life of Pi. In this novel, Trent University alumnus depicts a story of a young Indian boy, Piscine Patel, who is stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck. In Life of Pi, Yann Martel presents two stories to leave the reader conflicted as to what story is true, which emphasizes the reader’s subjective ideology and the realization that there is no absolute truth. Most readers presume that the relativity of truth isn’t introduced until the end of the novel, but the beginning of the novel also postulates that there is no absolute truth. The author’s note blurs the border amid fact and fiction.
He suffers from psychological complexes, that alienated him from society, and he 's unable to face the realities of life. This research indicates the modern theme of breakdown, absurdity, uselessness, loneliness, and bitterness of life. The protagonist also realizes that the escape from the responsibilities is not a solution to life 's problem. A person ought to create a struggle for his survival, otherwise, there 's the decay of humanity in alienation. In the novel, the author appears to
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.
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.