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Life of Pi

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Rebecca Jackson

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of Life of Pi



Our Thesis: Being separated from civilization forces people to go against their beliefs and morals in order to survive. Outline:
1)Poon Lim
2)Pi's Beliefs and Morals Prior to the Sinking of the Tsimtsum
3)Hinduism & it's Connection to Pi's Morals
4)The De-Generation of Man Who is Poon Lim? Where do Pi's morals and beliefs come from? Religion Martel intentionally develops Pi as a moral character Vegetarianism & Indulgences Murder & Remorse Honesty Generosity The De-Generation of Man What is This? Theory: due to the fact that Pi was separated from civilization, he experienced a transition into a lower state of being. How? a) He lost sight of his morals b) He began displaying animalistic characteristics "You said the ship was listing to port?"
"Yes"
"And that there was an incline from bow to stern"
"Yes."
"So the ship sank stern first?"
"Yes."
"Not bow first?"
"No."
"You are sure? There was a slope from the front of the ship to the back?"
"Yes." "The island was roughly boat shaped, humped near this end. The tide was running, and for a moment they felt that the boat was moving slightly astern" -Lord of the Flies by: William Golding 2 Clues:
a) stern = backwards
b) port = left = symbolic of evil/ wrong- doing Animalistic Qualities Which Pi Develops Eating Habits Cannibalism Pours Urine on his side of the lifeboat Considers Eating Richard Parker's Feces "Pi no more than rinses off the [fishes] slimy
slipperiness before biting into them, delighted
to have such a treat between [his] teeth" (pg. 307) "It came as an unmistakeable indication to me of how low I had sunk the day I noticed, with a pinching of the heart, that I ate like an animal, that this noisy, frantic, unchewing wolfing-down of mine was exactly the way Richard Parker ate" (pg. 326) "I don't know. Can anyone fathom
the working of a drunken man's mind?
All I can tell you is what happenned.
The animals were out of their cages." (pg. 452) Hinduism & Pi's Morals “I am now a killer” (pg. 203) “killing [the fish] was no problem [...] a person can get used to anything, even to killing” (pg. 205) Love of Animals
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