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Plot structure for Life of Pi- Yann Martel

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Transcript of Plot structure for Life of Pi- Yann Martel

Life of Pi Yann Martel Exposition The book begins with Pi explaining how he got his name,
animal behavior and how it relates to humans, asking how humans would feel if you "went to a home, kicked down the front door, chased the people who lived there out into the street and said, 'Go! You are free!" He goes on to explain that "That's certainly what animals feel. Animals are territorial." He uses this to defend his family's zoo in Pondicherry, as well as other zoos in general. He speaks about his 3 religions: Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam. But we should not cling! A plague upon fundamentalists...is that we should not be jealous with God." Rising Action "My name is Piscine Molitor Patel, known to all as Pi Patel.
Pi= 3.14." Person vs. Nature Zoomorphism
""as for the lion cubs, they would positively keel over with fright if they knew their mother was a dog, for that would mean they were motherless..." p87 Pi's family decides to move to Canada, and, after selling some
animals, and loading the rest up on a Japanese cargo ship, the Tsintsum,
the family sets sail. "The ship sank. It made a sound like a monstrous metallic burp." Pi is thrown overboard into a life raft by the workers on the boat. He's left with a hyena, "a fierce, 450-pound carnivore" (a tiger named Richard Parker), an orangutan named Orange Juice,
"...so called because she tended to drool," and a zebra.
The hyena kills the orangutan and zebra quickly, and then Richard
Parker kills the hyena. Pi must learn how to survive not only
in the middle of the Pacific, but alone in the
Pacific with a hungry tiger. "Isn't it ironic, Richard Parker? We're in hell yet still we're afraid of immortality." Climax Pi reaches an island, a "chlorophyll heaven." He lives on the island with Richard Parker and a colony of meerkats. He notices several strange things, the first being that the island seems to be made of tightly weaved, edible, algae, and "saw that the roots [of the trees] did not go their own independent way into the algae, but rather joined it, became it." He notices that the islands lakes have fresh water, and that every morning there are dead salt water fish in them. He sleeps in the trees with the meerkats. "The island was carnivorous." Falling Action "I grew weary of my situation, as pointless as the weather."

Pi gives up hope. He returns to religion
for just something to give him hope. Then he
reaches the coast of Mexico. "After some hours a group of my own species found me." They return with help and take him to their village. There "some women gave me a bath and scrubbed me
so hard that I wondered if they realized I was naturally brown-skinned and not a very dirty white boy." They gave him food and medical attention. He is taken to the Benito Juarez
Infirmary in Tomatlan, Mexico. Resolution The book closes when two men, Mr. Chiba and
Mr. Okamoto, come to the infirmary to interview Pi.
He tells them his story. "We don't want any invention.
We want the 'straight facts', as you say in English," they say.
So he changes his story, replacing people where the animals were. "...which story do you prefer?" Pi asks his interviewers. They become more and more frustrated, perhaps by being asked to believe things that are not "dry, yeastless, factuality." They leave. The reporters later describe him as "very thin, very tough, very bright." Tsintsum- theory of creation where God contracted to
make room for the universe. The contraction was followed by light, carried in 5 vessels. The vessels shattered causing sparks. God reordered the sparks into 5 figures which became the 5 dimensions of our created reality.

There were 5 characters on the lifeboat to start with. "It's important in life to
end things properly." Therefore... ThE END.
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