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Life of Pi

Advanced English 10 Project
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Stephen Pinto

on 24 April 2013

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Transcript of Life of Pi

The Life of Pi Characters Plot Pi Patel grows up on a zoo in Pondicherry, India. His faith life leads him to practice three religions simultaneously.
His family decides to move to Canada ans sell their animals, but their ship sinks. Pi escapes with four animals.
Soon the cast has been reduced to only Pi and a tiger, Richard Parker.
Pi faces starvation, thirst, storms, and other hazards at sea.
Eventually, Pi lands in Mexico and tells his story to the men from the Japanese Ministry of Transport. Setting The first setting is set in the town of Pondicherry, India during Pi’s childhood and teen years. Setting, part II The second setting, where much of the book takes place, is on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Setting, part III The third and final part of the book takes place in Mexico, where Pi finally lands. Mood Point of View Elizabeth Ballman
John Bednarek
Leah Askin
Stephen Pinto Broader Significance Part One: The mood is filled with wonder and is spiritual.

Part Two: The mood is spiritual, but than becomes sad and desperate.

Part Three: The mood begins more desperate and becomes lighter. Tone The story is told in Pi's point of view. This allows the reader to connect with Pi throughout his emotional and spiritual journey. The reader understands his pain after losing his family, his fear of not surviving, and his growth as a person.


Also, the author includes his own point of view by incorporating comments about Pi during the interview. These author's notes allows the reader to escape from the actual story and learn about Pi after his journey, developing Pi's character even more thoroughly. It also makes the story more realistic and believable. The tone of the story is very dry and humorous. Piscine Molitor Patel We learned about human behavior and the will to live. Strengths and Weaknesses Strengths: Great story telling, amazing imagery, and we learned a lot about religion.

Weaknesses: Some parts were out of order and the beginning was very slow. Piscine is the protagonist of this novel. He is a middle-aged man living in India, but his journey takes place when he is sixteen years old. As a child, he has a strong interest in different religions. His faith gives meaning to his life and helps him survive his impeccable journey at sea. Pi is a round and dynamic character in this novel. He is forced to mature after the ship, the Tsimtsum, sinks and he is torn away from his family. Even through his emotional loss of the life he once had, Pi finds the strength and the will to survive. ΑΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣ π Richard Parker Richard Parker is the Bengal tiger that is trapped on the life boat with Pi. Though he is one of Pi's biggest challenges, Richard Parker helps Pi stay alive. Richard Parker helps Pi pass time on the boat and gain confidence in himself and in his chance to survive. Richard Parker gives Pi a reason to fight for his life. Richard Parker is dynamic character as his attitude shifts from dominant to submissive. In Pi's second story, Pi is Richard Parker. Pi uses a tiger to represent himself in order to cope with his experience. Ravi Patel The Zebra Ravi is Pi's older brother. He is a static and flat character since he dies early in the novel. Ravi makes fun of Pi for practicing three different religions. Ravi is used by the author to highlight the significance of Pi's nickname. Pi is an irrational number just like Pi is irrational with his faith. The loss of Ravi has a heavy and emotional impact on Pi's life.

"To lose a brother is to lose someone with whom you can share growing old, who is supposed to bring you a sister-in-law and nieces and nephews, creatures to people the tree of your life and give it new branches (pg. 127)." The zebra, a static and flat character, is one of the survivors of the shipwreck. He is also on the lifeboat with Pi and Richard Parker and suffers a long and brutal death. The zebra represents a Chinese sailor from the ship. Orange Juice Orange Juice is an orangutang that also becomes trapped on the lifeboat. She shows human characteristics as she mourns the loss of her two sons. Although she is a calm and gentle creature, Orange Juice shows a vicious side to her when she violently fights with the hyena after the zebra dies. Orange Juice represents Pi's mother in the second story. The Hyena The hyena is a cruel and ugly animal that causes violence and chaos on the life boat. He eventually is killed by Richard Parker. The cook of the Tsimtsum is portrayed by the hyena in Pi's second story. He also becomes the murderer of Pi's mother and the man that Pi, himself, murders. The hyena is used to show how far one will go to save their own life. Two different versions of a story can be true Importance of Storytelling Pi’s belief in Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism Religon Pi never loses the will to live Survial/Will to Live Themes Setting Nature of animals People view animals different from how they actually are “I'll be honest about it. It is not atheists who get stuck in my craw, but agnostics. Doubt is useful for a while…. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.” Diction and Syntax Color of the Tiger The Color Orange Religion The Island New Identity for Pi Pi’s name Symbols Symbols, Diction, and Syntax Each animal symbolizes a person in Pi’s other story Animals Piscine is the name of a pool Irrational nature of life Important stuff on the boat is orange. Diction: Very dry and tell it like it is. Causal. Syntax: Chapters and collections of memories, and text is a line of thought. Pi manages to keep himself going for 227 days at sea. Animals cling to life as well Pi views each as part of a greater story Pi’s constant devotion to the three on the lifeboat Pi gives two versions of his story Relation to religion.
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