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Life Of Pi
Transcript of Life Of Pi
By Yann Martel
Scrapbook by Ariel Flessner
1.“Life goes on and you don’t touch tigers” (39)
2. “Between my feet, under the bench, I beheld Richard Parker’s head” (132).
3. “The ship sank. It made a sound like a monstrous burp” (97).
5. “When we reached land, Mexico to be exact” (284).
4. “Mr. Okamoto: ‘Mr. Patel, we don’t believe your story” (292).
3.“Proof: I remained alive day after day, week after week. Proof: he did not attack me, even when I was asleep on the tarpaulin. Proof: I am here to tell you this story” (223).
2.“My name is Pisicne Molitor Patel. Known to as Pi Patel” (22-23).
4. “Plan Number One: Push Him Off the Lifeboat…Plan Number Two: Kill Him With the Six Morphine Syringes… Plan Number Three: Attack Him With All Available Weapons…Plan Number Four: Choke Him…Plan Number Five: Poison Him, Set Him on Fire, Electrocute Him…Plan Number Six: Wage a War of Attrition…” (157-158).
5. “Tigers exist, lifeboats exist, oceans exist. Because the three have never come together in your narrow, limited experience, you refuse to believe that they might yet the plain fact is the Tsimtisum brought them together and then sank” (299).
8. “I couldn’t see Richard Parker. He wasn’t on the tarpaulin or on a bench. He was at the bottom of the lifeboat” (106).
6. “He remembered Piscine Molitor Patel as being ‘very thin, very tough, very bright’” (318).
9. “In animals, the urge to kill is separate from the urge to eat” (269).
10. “‘So, have you ever killed a man?’... ‘Yes’ ‘Oh!’ It sends shivers down my spine. ‘How many?’ ‘Two’ ‘You killed two men?’ ‘No. A man and a woman’” (246-247).
11. “We would live- or we would die- together” (164).
12. “I knew perfectly well how dangerous Richard Parker was” (155).
1.“I had my first unambitious clear-headed glimpse of Richard Parker” (140).
Thematic Focus: Overcoming a tiger in a boat while surviving the water.
1. “My skin was wrinkled and swollen all over from being constantly wet” (168).
Meeting the Characters: Piscine Patel
16. “The zebra missed the tarpaulin. It was a male Grant, weighing over five hundred pounds” (105).
15.“Accidental cannibalism is a common occurrence during the excitement of a feeding; in reaching for a bite of zebra, a hyena will take in the ear or nostril of a clan member, no hard feelings” (117).
21. “Four of us survived. Mother held on to some bananas and made it to the lifeboat. The cook was aboard, as was the sailor” (303).
Conflict: Facing Richard Parker
1. “With a tiger on board, my life was over” (135).
2. “Parker had risen and emerged. He was not fifteen feet from me. Oh the size of him” (150).
Resolution: Training Program
1.“I had a devise a training program for Richard Parker. I had to make him understand that I was the up tiger and that his territory was limited to the floor of the boat…” (168).
1. “It was three and a half feet deep, eight feet wide, and twenty six feet long” (137).
Moral: Facing One's Fears
1. “It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life” (161).
2. “‘I love you!’ The words burst out pure and undefeated, infinite. The feeling flooded my chest. ‘Truly I do. I love you Richard Parker. If I didn’t have you now, I don’t know what I would do. I don’t think I would make it. No, I wouldn’t. I would die of hopelessness. Don’t give up Richard Parker, don’t give up. I’ll get you to land, I promise, I promise!” (236).
3. “Don’t worry, you won’t. He’s hiding somewhere you’ll never find him” (317).
4. “The presence of God is the finest of rewards” (63).
Moral: Having Faith
5. “Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love- but sometimes was so hard to love” (208).
6. “THIS IS GOD’S HAT… THIS IS GOD’S ATTIRE… THIS IS GOD’S CAT…THIS IS GOD’S ARK… THIS IS GOD’S WIDE ACRES… THIS IS GOD’S EAR!” (209).
Moral: Not To Give Up Hope
7. “You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it” (91)
8. “‘I will not die. I refuse it. I will make it through this nightmare. I will beat the odds, as great as they are. I have survived so far, miraculously. Now, I will put in all the hard work necessary. Yes, so as long as God is with me, I will not die’” (148).
9. “Don’t let your morale flag. Be daunted, but not defeated. Remember: the spirit above all else counts. If you have the will to live, you will. Good luck!” (167).
3. "I took a sip. It tasted warm and animal. if my memory is right. It's hard to remember first impressions. I drank the blood to the last drop" (201).
2. “I made clear to Richard Parker that it was my right, my lordly right, to fondle and sniff his feces if I wanted to.” (211).
7. “Richard Parker rose unsteadily to his feet on the tarpaulin, eyes blazing as they met mine, ears laid tight to his head, all weapons drawn. His head was the size and colour of the lifebuoy, with teeth” (99).
13. “A head appeared beyond the end of the tarpaulin. It looked at me in a direct, frightened way, ducked under, appeared again, ducked under again, appeared once more, and disappeared a last time. It was the bear-like, balding-looking head of a spotted hyena” (109).
14. “I realized something else: the hyena was the reason those sailors had thrown me into the lifeboat” (110).
17. “The zebra should have been properly butchered” (109).
18. “Sometime during the night the hyena began snarling and the zebra barking and squealing, and I heard a repeated knocking sound” (119).
20. “She came floating on an island of bananas in a halo of light, as lovely as the Virgin Mary. The rising sun was behind her. Her flaming hair looked stunning” (111).
19. “Orange Juice was in a fog. Her gestures were slow and tentative and her eyes reflected deep mental confusion. She was in a state of profound shock” (113).
2. “The rain grew stronger and the sea rougher as the night progressed” (157).