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Life Of Pi

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Life of Pi
The life of Pi, by Yann Martel
Presented by Baylee, Zach, Jennifer, and Alexis
designed by Péter Puklus for Prezi
"I just want to love God."
Summary
Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, is an award-winning, profound and gripping tale about protagonist Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi), a pious boy who was left stranded in a lifeboat in the vast Pacific with an adult Bengal tiger, Richard Parker, after a disastrous incident on board the Tsimtsum. This story was inspired by the author's real, first-hand experiences from his own journey to India!
Conflicts
External: Pi's family drowned when the Tsimstum sank, and he became trapped on a lifeboat, struggling to survive at sea with little resources and a tiger on board.
Themes
Martel explored deep and sensitive subjects that many authors are afraid to touch. Major themes include:
Uddin, Zak A. “Major Themes and Symbols.
Hyperink.Hyperink Quicklet. Web. http:/www.hyperink.com/Major-Themes-And-Symbols-b1293a14
Cullina, Alice. “Life of Pi Quotes.” GradeSaver.Web.
http://www.gradesaver.com/life-of-pi/study-guide/quotes/
“Life of Pi.” Sparknotes. Web.
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/lifeofpi/themes.html
"Life of Pi: Trailer." Video. Fandango.
http://www.fandango.com/movie-trailer/lifeofpi-trailer/145722
-Pi Patel
"Life on a lifeboat isn't much of a life. It's like an end game in chess, a game with few pieces. The elements couldn't be more simple, nor the stakes higher."
By Yann Martel
1. Having the will to live makes a person stronger.
2. It is important to believe in something, because all religions and beliefs are connected to tell a universal story about love.
Reviews and Praise:

"Fantastic in nearly every sense of the word, Life of Pi is a gripping adventure story, a parable about the place of human beings in the universe and a tantalizing work of metafiction... Laced with wit, spiced with terror, it's a book by an extraordinary talent."
-San Jose Mercury News

"Each chapter is a well-polished pearl... [Life of Pi] is an exhilarating story of gut survival, of strange islands with people-eating trees and flying fish that appear like manna."
-Seattle Times

"If this century produces a classic work of survival literature, Martel is surely a contender."
-The Nation
Pi struggled to retain his sanity through his hardships, and he struggled to hold on to God.
Internal Conflict:
Reviews
Characters
Pi Patel- A young man on a rough journey fully dependent on the lord.
Richard Parker- The tiger on the life boat with Pi
Ravi- Pi's brother, who prefers sports over school work.
Gita Patel- Pi's beloved mother, who encourages Pi through everything.
Santosh Patel- Pi's dad who runs the Pondicherry zoo.
Pathos
Settings
The Life of Pi takes place in four different places, Pondicherry, India, The Pacific ocean, and Mexico.
In Pondicheery, India Pi and his family reside there with their zoo.
In The Pacific Ocean, There is a shipwreck leaving Pi alone with ferocious animals on a lifeboat.
In Mexico his lifeboat hits land, leaving everyone in the hospital wondering how he survived that many days with a full grown tiger.

Plot
In the beginning, Pi is narrating the book from an older age. Looking back at his earlier life in high school and college and even further back into his boyhood. Pi explains that his life has been rough, though he gets some sense of relief through religion and zoology.
Pi's parents, motivated by India's political strugles, decide to move to Canada, on a cargo ship along with tons of zoo animals in cages. Soon after, The ship begins to sink leaving Pi clinging to a lifeboat encouraging the tiger, Richard Parker to join him a hyena, orangutang and a zebra also join him, all soon being killed by Richard Parker.
The days move on, slowly. The days get weirder and weirder as they go. Dehydration, flying fish and cannibalism all come into the picture until Pi hits land in Mexico.
Vocabulary
Kabbalist-
A student of the Jewish Kabbalah
Ocelot-
A nocturnal wildcat of central America
Lakshmi-
Hindu goddess of prosperity and fortune
Cosmogony-
A branch of astrophysics
Thrall-
A state of being under control of another person
Elicit-
To call forth
Oblivion-
The state of being disregarded or forgotten

Most Important
"'So tell me, since it makes no factual difference to you and you can't prove the question either way, which story do you prefer? Which is the better story, the story with animals or the story without animals?' Mr. Okamoto: 'That's an interesting question?' Mr. Chiba: 'The story with animals.' Mr. Okamoto: 'Yes. The story with animals is the better story.' Pi Patel: 'Thank you. And so it goes with God.'" Chapter 99



his quote is essential to the story-Yann Martel himself has described 'the better story' as the novel's key words. Here Pi enlarges the themes of truth, and story versus reality to encompass God, and all of life. If there is no way to prove that God's existence is true or untrue, and if the assumption of the truth either way in no way makes a factual difference, then why not choose to believe what Pi believes to be "the better story"-that God exists? This passage thus connects these central themes in the book, and so weaves everything together.
Important Quotes
"Animals in the wild lead lives of compulsion and necessity within an unforgiving social hierarchy in an environment where the supply of fear is high and the supply of food low and where territory must constantly be defended and parasites forever endured. What is the meaning of freedom in such a context? Animals in the wild are, in practice, free neither in space nor in time, nor in their personal relations" -Pi Patel
"I can well imagine an atheist’s last words: “White, white! L-L-Love! My God!”—and the deathbed leap of faith. Whereas the agnostic, if he stays true to his reasonable self, if he stays beholden to dry, yeastless factuality, might try to explain the warm light bathing him by saying, “Possibly a f-f-failing oxygenation of the b-b-brain,” and, to the very end, lack imagination and miss the better story" -Pi Patel.
"[W]ithout Richard Parker, I wouldn’t be alive today to tell you my story"- Pi Patel.
"'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"- Pi Patel.
Work Cited
HI, My name is Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi) and I'm here to show you a brief explanation of my astonishing life which includes a disastrous journey in the Pacific ocean with a dangerous Bengal Tiger. If you want to know more about it read the book or watch the movie!
Movie
The Novel Life of Pi was turned into a movie
Opened November 21, 2012
Cast:Suraj Sharma, Irfan Khan, Ayush Tandon, Tabu, Adil Hussain
Director: Ang Lee

Martel’s use of pathos, diary-like writing style, and dialog use create the extreme mood change. He uses loaded language through our the book so the reader can get an emotional Martel is intending to use such as angry, happy, or sad.
Sentences such as “something in me died then that has never come back to life,” (Martel 255) make it hard to not feel sympathy for Pi through his hardships. When Pi’s mood changes, it makes it hard to separate from him.
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