Theme Of Storytelling In Life Of Pi

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When faced with adversity, even the most insurmountable odds, the human body and mind can be made to accomplish anything. This is the case of Piscine Molitor Patel, or Pi Patel for short, the titular character in Yann Martel’s ‘Life of Pi’, a three part book. He was lost at sea for two hundred and twenty seven days inside a lifeboat with only a Royal Bengal Tiger to keep him company. The book details the early life, teenage years, particularly the time spent on the lifeboat, as well as his adult life. We find out incredibly early on that the book is told from the point of view of Pi himself, a retelling of his own story and the events he finds most important. Almost everything is Pi’s words, save for the sparring descriptions of Pi himself as well as his house from the reporter recording Pi’s story in Toronto, Canada. This reporter is Yann Martel, the author himself, we know this from a note from the author at the beginning of the book that expands on one of the key themes of The Life of Pi, the importance of storytelling. This element comes into play both early on in the story, but much more at the ending. Piscine Molitor Patel was born into a zookeeper’s family in Pondicherry, India, and was the youngest of two children. He was named after a wondrous pool in France which was loved by a family friend of the Patels, Mamaji Adirubasamy. Yann also knew Mamaji, they met while he was in India looking for a story to write about. Mamaji told Yann that he knew about a story that

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