Theme Of Resilience In The Movie Of Pi

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The family decides to move from India to Canada, bringing many of the animals with them. When the freighter carrying the family hits a storm, the stage is set for the main act – Pi is left adrift on a 26-foot lifeboat, lost in the Pacific Ocean, in the company of a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker—all vying in a grim competition for survival.
His faith is tested as an adolescent when his father is forced to give up the family zoo, where Pi realises he's been as much a captive as the animals themselves. A Japanese freighter becomes a temporary ark on which the Patel family take the animals to be sold in Canada. But it's struck by a storm as dramatic as anything ever put on the screen, and Pi becomes
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The events that follow involves the hyena killing the zebra and orangutan and then being killed itself by the tiger who spends 227 days at sea with Pi Patel.
One of the strongest themes in the movie is that of resilience. Surviving a shipwreck that killed his entire family was traumatic enough. To add to that, not only did he see a hyena viciously kill the orangutan he was immensely fond of, but he was also now stuck on a boat in the middle of the Pacific ocean with a tiger that had already tried to attack him. Being stranded at sea for 227 days made him go through events far beyond anyone’s imagination. The 227 days at sea are a test of physique, mental adaptation and
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The characters in The Life of Pi are all actually components of the self. At a higher level, the Tiger is Pi’s primal self, the orangutan represents universal love – as demonstrated by a protective mother, the brutal hyena is the malevolent cook who is the shadow, and the timid zebra is a young sailor with a broken leg, which represents youthful innocence and is the first to die. All of these components were crucial to his essence. However, the most important component of Pi’s self is the raft, representing his faith. It is something that he has to construct by himself, in order to be effective. The spine of this story is that it is his raft (faith) that never forsakes him. More than any other part of the tale, it is the invisible force that finally brings him to safety and the force that transforms him into the individual he finally
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