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The Ocean

Life of Pi Individual Oral Presentation
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Hunter Johnson

on 11 February 2013

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Transcript of The Ocean

Life of Pi The Ocean Setting Symbolism As a Character Ocean is similar to the Chorus in Medea Yann Martel Time Begins on July 2, 1977--continues for 227 days--ends on February 14, 1978 Contribution to text Creates conflict,
Plot advancement; drama unfolds
Surreal tone
Theme of survival The Pacific Ocean Worlds largest body of water
More islands found in Pacific than all other oceans combined
Other castaway stories that take place in the Pacific Events The sinking of the Tsimtsum,
Multiple storms,
Finding of the carnivorous island Religion General Universal symbol of change
Sign of life
Power and strength
Boundary
Hope, truth, mystery and magic The ocean becomes a test of Pi's faith.
Like Richard Parker, the ocean can be beautiful, but dangerous Life in the Ocean Iridescent sea life
Sharks, fish, algae How? The Ocean is flexible to perform as story requires The Ocean dictates most of the story, like an additional narrator Place Pondicherry, India; Pacific Ocean; Tomatlán, Mexico; Toronto, Canada Waters of North Pacific move in general east to west direction
Westerly movemet of water around equator forms Equatorial Currents
Between these two, Equatorial Countercurrent--flows east
Warm and wet weather Natural hazards include typhoons in southeast and east Asia , hurricanes south of Mexico Has most varied array of plants (algae) and animals of worlds oceans "Well this was green. In fact, it was chlorophyll heaven," (258) "Immense illogic, it is a vast expanse dreaming its own dreams and asleep in its own reality, yet containing within itself the seeds of its antithesis" Catholicism
Holy water
St Gregory of Nyssa
"Just as at sea, those who are carried away from the direction of the harbour bring themselves back on course by a clear sign, so Scripture may guide those adrift on the sea of life back into the harbour of the divine will" Hinduism
"The Ocean of Life," all living creatures existing as one contiguous body
Ed Viswanathan in his "Am I a Hindu: The Hinduism Primer,"
"Our quest should be to create a proper rhythmic harmony within ourselves...you feel happy when you sit near an ocean because your vibrations try to synchronize with the frequency of the waves " Islam
A person without faith "is like the darkness in a vast deep sea, overwhelmed with waves topped by waves, topped by dark clouds, darkness upon darkness" (24.40) Conflict
Resources
Safety Characteristics Ferocity, savage beauty vs. Calm, graceful beauty
Endless horizon; no boarders between Ocean and sky
Messenger "There were also noises coming from beneath me, from the water, sudden flapping sounds and swishing sounds that were over and sone with in an instant. The battle for life was taking place there too," (119) "Go tell a ship I'm here. Go, go," (123) A whole character comprised of minor characters,
There with the protagonist,
Can't fully communicate
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