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Life of Pi

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Life of Pi by: Yann Martel Part one: Part Three: 2. Conflict 8. Use of Irony 5. Symbols 9. Setting 6: Metaphor 3. Tone 2.Conflict 9. Settings 6. Metaphor Human vs self: This conflict is defiantly a huge part of part two. The whole time, Pi has been in a constant battle with himself, but he kept strong and survived being lost at sea. Since Pi was lost at sea, he had the chance to experience the sea in many different forms. During this time, he compared the see to a list of things. For example a tiger; which makes sense and brings a connection to Richard Parker. Also he compared it to be dead silent; which I thought brought connection to how close he was to death, and the fear the sea brought to him . In part two , Pi spent most of his time on the boat. The author showed the sea in all different ways, for example, Pi hated the sea; he feared it, but the longer he stayed on the boat, he began to use the sea to his advantage. He used it to catch food, distant himself from Richard Parker, drinking from, send a message in a bottle and so on. When I first started to read this novel, the first line of the book was "My suffering left me sad and gloomy" (page 1), this sentence put out a dark, and upsetting tone, but then reading it he dove into talking about what he was studying and why. I found this really throw me off.

During the time he was talking about being bullied, I felt that the tone was very touchy, pitiful, and I felt sympathy for Pi. Personally, I thought that there was a lot of great metaphors used in part one, but these are probably my favourite: *An example of dramatic irony would be when Pi got
up and wrote his name on the board. It was completely
unexpected, and that was how his nickname was created. This example can also be situational irony because his action had a different effect than excepted. I thought the teacher would have stopped him, or the other students would make fun of him for doing that. Part one takes place in India, and in the end they have moved to Canada. Most of the main places in part one
are the zoo, his home, and the places of worship. I would
say that the zoo is a major places for Pi, which was well
described and made clear that it was important to him. Human vs self: I think that the interviewers had problems with themselves trying to decide if they should believe in Pi's story. It wasn't excepted that the bananas would float in the water when the interviewers tested it out in the sink. In the beginning of part two, Pi was being interviewed and he told the people being interviewing about floating bananas. Bananas could be a symbol of the Hindu religion, since bananas are food of the god. Also the floating bananas could have a connection to Jesus walking on water as well. 1. Character development: Pi: In part one, Picine Moliter Patel, I thought started off as a every shy and insecure boy, due to all the bullying he was exposed to. Later on, when he decided to make a change to his life (goes to a different school) he becomes a much encouraged young boy. During the period where he was learning about all the different religions, I felt that he was evolving into a very enlighten boy. He seemed to have a lot more knowledge, and he now wasn't scared what people would think, like he did about his name in the beginning .

Father: The father seems to be a protective type, for example the lessons about the dangers of animals and what could happen. While Pi was practicing the three different religions, he came off as not
knowing what to think about his son's look upon religion.I
predict in the end he will be supportive of Pi's decision. 2. Conflict: There are defiantly conflicts in part one, a few of them being: * Human vs Human - when Pi was getting bullied on, and also when all the leaders from the different places of worship were offending one's faith. * Human vs Nature - Suffering of the animals due to humans feeding, or doing nasty things to them. * Human vs Society - In the part one the father mentioned, why would Pi want to be Muslim, I feel as if the father was judging the Muslims because of their social ranks 4: Allusions In part one, I think that most of the allusions that are made are about Pi's spirituality . There are a whole bunch, especially when the author was writing about all the prophets, Gods, and all those religious stories. 5: Symbols The only symbol that I picked up on in part one is the obvious one, his name. Pi is the symbol of 3.14 in math. I think that maybe a reason for the author picking Pi as a nickname could because 3.14 (Pi) is useful in many ways and is used in all different types of situations. Just like Pi, himself is trying to be with all the different religions. * The author on page 6, compares Death and Love. While comparing them, he also throws in personification, "Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can."

*On page 14,I found it funny how the author compared a zoo to high maintenance customers. When the author throws in metaphors, it's more than one sentence or two, he goes to detail about it, and really makes the reader see the comparison, or at least see where he is coming from. 7: Plot development In the beginning, I found the novel slow and I
was uninterested, but as I continue to read I got
curious in what Pi was doing, and why he wanted
to be all these religious. I think that the development
of the plot has been picking up, making readers
curious to what happens next. The plot has defiantly not hit it's climax yet in part one, but I think it's building. 8: Use of irony 10. Imagery * Starting on page 73, that's when it first came out
that Pi was part of three religious. During this scene
I can really picture the three leaders standing there waiting for an explanation, the parents all confused and Pi not knowing what to say. It's like I can hear the frustration building up, and the harsh tones the leaders used towards each other. The author painted the perfect image of the three leaders coming towards Pi at the same time. 11. Theme The theme of these novel is defiantly religion, but I also think that it's about the way of viewing things. For example, when Pi was going on about people thinking that the animals wanted to escape, Pi looked at in a total different way. Another example would be, even though most people would see practicing more than one religion ridiculous or inappropriate, he doesn't. He wants to explore them. Part Two: 1. Character Development Pi: In part two, Pi goes through a lot, of pain and suffering. Being lost at sea for such a long time has really changed Pi's character. He almost completely gave up, he reached a point of insanity, he was almost always eye to eye with death. He was on quite a journey. I believe that the only reason he didn't give up, and made it for so long was because of his faith. In part one, with all the religions, he believed, he believed that he could survive. There were times that he thought that he couldn't, but even then he still continued to look for ways to at least survive a little longer, I think it was because of religion. His faith saved him. Richard Parker: Even though this character is an animal, he has become a well developed one. Pi was terrified with Richard, he was thinking of ways to kill him. Richard, by making that rare sound, and by other actions, allowed Pi to survive longer. I think that Richard knew he need Pi to live longer, even though
he is just animal. Even Pi said that Richard wasn't perfect,
but it was surprising to me how the tiger
behaved. Human vs Nature: I think that this is an obvious one, Pi was lost at see, on a boat with wild animals (that were defiantly dangerous), surrounded by sharks, and the danger of the water waves itself. 3. Tone In the beginning, there was a lot of fear and confusion. The ship had sunk and Pi didn't know if his parents were alive or not, he decided to believe that they were for a bit, but soon he came to realization. Through Pi's pain, the tone of part to was depressing, worrisome, and curiosity for what would happen to Pi. 4. Allusions Through out part two, Pi kept referring back to those three religions. Praying to them, recalling to stories about them, all to help and guide him to survive what he was going through. This is what makes me wonder, would he actually have survived if he didn't have so much faith in these three religions, or if he hadn't learnt about them before he got lost at sea? It defiantly shows how much believing in something can change the point of view and actions of a person. 5. Symbols I think that Richard Parker was a symbol; Tigers are known for their passion, strength and fearlessness. Through out part two, I think that Pi gained from the tiger instead of lost. 7. Plot development The plot line through out part two increased, we have joined Pi on his journey of the sea, experiencing all the painful, terrifying, depressing moments with him. Most of part two, I would say was the climax of the book. Part two had more intense moments than others, but I think that Pi being lost at sea, and everything he went through was the climax. 8. Use of Irony The whole part two shows irony, because it was really not excepted for Pi to survive so long at sea, and to also keep Richard Parker alive as well. In the beginning, he realized what he was doing, trying to save tiger, was a really bad idea, and then in the middle of part two, thinking of ways he could get him off the boat, but at the end of part two he help the tiger survive, he provided for the tiger at the same time. 10. Imagery I think the best picture that the author painted was when Pi was exploring the boat. "It was three and a half feet deep, eight feet wide and twenty-six feet long, exactly. I know because it was printed on one of the side benches in black letters. It also said that the lifeboat was designed to accommodate a maximum of thirty-two people..." As Pi, looked around the boat for water, he described the boat in his head, giving the reads the perfect mental image of the boat. This was very beneficial, because it helps read understand the situation Pi is in. Also I'm able to put my feet in his shoes more, when I know what my surroundings are. 11. Theme I think that the obvious theme is surviving, and the suffering Pi is going through, but just like part one, the theme is also religion. Connecting part one and two is religion, it's seems that Pi, through out the whole time still had faith in his religions. He was still calling out for help. praying to them. The theme of religion carried on to part two, but in a different way. Part one was more being enlightened by the three religions, where as part two consist of more relaying on his beliefs. 7. Plot development Part three is a short section, concluding the story. Inside part three, there was another short story, a story without animals that Pi told to the interviewers. This story was different but followed the same plot line. 1. Character Development Pi: I found in part three Pi has become and mature, independent, intelligent person. Going through all that suffering and fear defiantly changed him from what he was at the beginning of the novel. This character seems to have done a flip of personality, in the beginning he seemed to be light-hearted and curious, but at the end he is insightful and serious. Interviewers: At the beginning of part three they seemed completely unimpressed with Pi, but after Pi told both stories and asked them which one was better, they left almost questioning their judgements. Human vs Human: It seemed like the interviewers thought that Pi was insane, or lying. It wasn't really fair to Pi. 3. Tone 6. Metaphor Pi compared both of the stories at the end, saying that they were the same. One had animals and one didn't. I think that this was a very strong metaphor because Pi was proved a point about 'hard to believe' to the interviews. It was strange how by taking out the animals the story was much more believable. Why didn't he eat all the cookies? Why were they under his sheet? That was situational irony. 9. Setting I found that the tone of part three, was awkward and frustrating. The interviews were awkward asking and questioning Pi about the bananas and all those things that they didn't really believe, and then when Pi went on about things that didn't matter to the, they got frustrated with him. The tone of the interviews were tense and stressed, while Pi's was more calm and knowledge. 4. Allusions 10. Imagery In the second story, I found that you could really see that horror, and disgust on mother's face when she found out the real reason the man was dying. Also when the author talked about how the body was to decayed to use for bait, it was really easy to create a mental image of what was happening on the boat. I pictured two man sitting in front of Pi, and there wasn't much in the room, the man leaning close to Pi; ready for the story, with confusing looks on their faces. 11. Theme Part three theme was belief and being able to believe thing that you can't see. The author defiantly made a point about how even though things are sometimes 'hard to believe', it doesn't mean that it isn't true. Part three was mainly written in transcript, but the atmosphere of part three seemed to be fairly open, peaceful, and simply. I think that it seemed simply and open because in the Hindu religion and Muslim religion, being attached to material things are not 'proper', and Pi being lost at sea, most likely learnt not to be greedy, and only take what he needs. There wasn't that many allusions in part three, beside Pi creating a whole different story. Making it seem like that event happen. Also there was death allusions, Pi referring back to his father and mother being dead several times.
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