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Life of Pi Essay
Transcript of Life of Pi Essay
Themes for Life of Pi
Adversity - Suffering
The Will to Live
Religion and Spirituality
The story (2)
Themes to Subject to Thesis Statement
Thesis Statement -Tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter.
Decide what your theme is - Survival
Now determine 3 areas within Survival you will examine - a. learning how to build a raft
b. rationing of food
c. training the mind to stay focused on the positive.
Thesis statement is derived from finding a commonality of the three topics.
Using resources from previous experiences helped Pi survive.
Essay - What is it?
The purpose for writing a critical essay is to evaluate somebody's work (a book, an essay, a movie, a painting...) in order to increase the reader's understanding of it.
I drank the blood of the turtle savoring the cup I had retrieved. It wasn't the flavor I had anticipated but it was nutritious and free of salt. Piscine Molitar Patel, Pi survived 227 on the Pacific Ocean in a 26 ft. lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. He was brought up in Pondicherry, India with his parents and brother, Ravi. His parents owned a zoo and after school Pi fascinated himself with the animals. When the Indian government changed hand his parents sought to live in another country. They choose Canada, a highly unknown and unlikely place for an Indian family. En route to Canada their boat, the Tsimtsum sank leaving Pi as the soul survivor. Using resources from previous experiences helped Pi survive. Learning that he needed to separate himself from danger. Once he found food, he had to ration it, along with training his own mind to focus on the positives of each rather than looking at the his dire situation. Pi knew he couldn't take on Richard Parker in the beginning, he needed space and time to figure out his strategic move.
The necessity of life comes in handy for Pi when he realizes he has to separate himself from the tiger. "Richard Parker was still on board. In fact, he was directly beneath me. Incredible such a thing should need consent to be true, but it was only after much deliberation, upon assessing various mental items and points of view, that I concluded that it was not a dream or a delusion or a misplaced memory or a fancy or any other such falsity, but a solid, true thing witnessed while in a weakened, highly agitated state." Pi realized that he had to build a raft not out of choice but out of need. "How true it is, that necessity is the mother of invention, how very true." 2 At this point Pi began finding material he had previously never seen on the boat or used in this fashion.