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Life of Pi

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Transcript of Life of Pi

"We were, literally and figuratively, in the same boat" (Martel 216)
Life of Pi
Written by: Yann Martel
Project by: Danielle Rains
designed by Péter Puklus for Prezi
Quotes
Characters
-"I will tell you a secret: a part of me was glad about Richard Parker. A part of me did not want Richard Parker to die at all, because if he died I would be left alone with despair, a foe even more formidable than a tiger. If I still had the will to live, it was thanks to Richard Parker. He kept me from thinking too much about my family and my tragic circumstances. He pushed me to go on living. I hated him for it yet at the same time I was grateful. I am grateful. It's the plain truth: without Richard Parker, I wouldn't be alive today to tell the story." (Martel 217)
Theme
The theme of this book is that through difficult and tragic situations we can never loose hope. For hope is all we have to hold on to when we have nothing.
Pi had to deal with the struggle of loosing his entire family and surviving on a life boat accompanied by an adult Bengal tiger. Although his circumstances were extremely tragic, he knew that hope was the only thing he had left. Hope that life would become better than the life he experience on the lifeboat, and there was a reason why he lived though the devastating shipwreck.
Setting
The setting of this book is the Pacific Ocean, where the majority of the book takes place.
Pi hardly survived on the lifeboat that floated across the Pacific Ocean. The ocean was extremely unpredictable, however, when Pi needed something, the ocean seemed to have given it to him. Whether it was food, rest, shelter, or hope, at some point the ocean pulled through for Pi.
Music
This song is titled
Eye of the Tiger
. I chose this song because one of the main characters is a tiger. Also, because the song was preformed by a group who's name was Survivor, and Pi and Richard Parker's goal was to survive.
-" Life on a lifeboat isn't much of a life. It is like an end
game in chess, a game with few pieces. The elements
couldn't be more simple, nor the stakes higher"
(Martel 290)
Summary: Pi Patel was born in India. His family owned and ran a zoo where he grew up. When he was twelve, him and his family had to move to Canada because they had ran into tough times. They boarded a cargo ship named the
Tsimtsum
in hope of a better future. One night, there was a massive storm and Pi went on the deck to check it out. When things started to get dangerous he went under deck to save his family when he found several feet of water. He went back to where the lifeboats were and some men told him to get into a lifeboat and that they would save his family. The lifeboat fell into the water and he had to watch as the ship sank with his family inside. He then quickly realized that he wasn't alone in the boat. Many of the zoo animals had jumped into the boat which included a hyena that terrorized the lifeboat killing all of the animals except the undiscovered Bengal tiger, Richard Parker. Richard Parker ends up killing the hyena. Now, Pi is trying to find different ways to save himself from the dangerous cat. (summary continued in the next bubble)
Pi Patel
He is the main character in the book. Pi survives through extremely tragic situations throughout his 227 day journey across the Pacific Ocean.
Richard Parker
Adult Bengal tiger
Pi's companion during his journey
He keeps Pi's mind active while at sea, which will in the end save his life.
Pictures
Personal Opinion
I absolutely loved this book. This, by far, one of the best books I have ever read. I think everyone should read this book because it has a good plot and a great message. I watched the movie over the summer and loved it. I heard that the book wasn't very good, but I thought I would read it anyways and see how it was. I have never read something so amazing. The detail that Yann Martel wrote was spectacular and i felt like I could see everything that happened. I highly recommend reading this book.
Text Connections
-Text-to-text: I thought this book was similar to
The Hunger Games
because Richard Parker gives hope to Pi just as Katniss Everdeen gave hope to Panem.
-Text-to-world: Pi's family had to leave India because they ran into rough times and had to sell their animals. Canada provided them a more stable life and they brought the zoo animals with them to give to their new owners. I think that many families can relate to giving up what they have and moving to a new country in search for a better future for their families.
Summary cont.
Pi ends up relying on Richard Parker because although Richard Parker is dangerous, he keeps Pi's mind occupied. Pi thought at first that he had to kill Richard Parker but, then he realized he should save him because without him Pi would have nothing. Richard Parker and Pi go through some crazy things during their journey. Some events included flying fish attacks, sharks, whales, starvation, carnivorous islands, the storm of God, and hallucinations. Pi experienced his worst hallucination when he thought he had met another man with a tiger in his lifeboat. Pi couldn't tell if this was real because they both had gone blind. After 227 days, Pi and Richard Parker had survived. To avoid any spoilers, I will end my summary saying that the book's ending can leave you with a serious plot twist. It is how you choose to understand the book that you find out what had happened.
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