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A Rite of Passage


AmandA Mather

on 29 May 2010

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Transcript of A Rite of Passage

Life of Pi A Quest of Maturity Rite of Passage A boy to a man In physical strength
In mental vigilence
In spiritual endurance The Seperation is the first stage in a rite of passage. In this stage the boy seperates from his family and comfort zone to discover himself. He is challanged to begin his quest. "Memory is an ocean and he bobs on its surface." pg 46 The Transition, or Threshold is the stage where the boy begins to discover who he will be as a man. In this stage is is stretched to step into the role. He accepts his changed self. The Incorperation is the final stage when the man returns home in his new role. He must continue his journey through the rest of his life. Pi's Rite of Passage "All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. This madness can be saving; it is part and parcel of the ability to adapt. Without it no species would survive." pg 44 "I began to wait. My thoughts swung wildly. I was either fixed on pratcial details of immediate survival or transfixed by pain, weeping silently, my mouth open and my hands at my head." pg 122 When the hyena bites off the zebra's leg Pi feels great hate. He wants to kill it but does not act. In search to belong he chooses religion When his religion(s) are challanged he chooses to stand for them. Already showing spiritual endurance. In childhood he is introduced to animals. In his quest he must adapt to living with an animal. In adulthood he studies animals. Is his quest iniated by his father taking the family on a trip where Pi begins to search for religion and the zoo initiating his challange with the tiger? Pi's journey begins when his family decides to move to Canada and the ship they are travelling on sinks. As the ship sinks and the sailors throw Pi overboard he thinks they are trying to save him, he later realizes their true intentions: there is a hyena on the life raft. His first instinct when seeing the tiger in danger is to offer it refuge. When the animal is offered safety it takes it. When Pi realizes his actions he tries to counter them and fails. He is sharing the life raft with a hyena, a injured zebra, a orangutan and a bengal tiger. A life raft floating amoung sharks. He is faced with his first choice. The sharks or the tiger. Here his quest begins. In the begining Pi fears Richard Parker, opting to hide. Considers the animal a threat. His instinct to survive leads him to plot how to kill the tiger. When Richard Parker kills the hyena Pi fears he will be next. His first act of compromise and acceptance is distracting Richard Parker with a rat. The hyena kills the organutan. Pi still does not find the courage to act His final decision to tame the tiger marks the begining of his transition. To tame the tiger Pi realizes he must get the upper hand, food. He attempts to fish and fails. He is delivered flying fish and is able to kill it. But is greatly upset by the deed. When he attempts fishing again he is able to cope with it. His transition is changing him. The boy cried over the death of the fish.
The man understood it as survival. As time passes Pi develops a routine that revolves around providing for the tiger and prayer. Small challanges of survival and maintaining an agreement with Richard Parker continue to push Pi physically and mentally. While keeping hope pushes his spiritual endurance. When he comes to the island at first he does not believe it. He is no longer a trusting boy. The tiger is deeply rooted to his physical and mental challange but is also in a way his guide. Even once on the island he goes back to the life boat. Not trusting the island to be his safety. He is still afraid of Richard Parker to wait until the tiger has gone onto the island a ways before he follows to explore. Pi discovers meercats on the island, but they are not normal ones like he has read about. On the island he is able to rest and regain his strength. The meercats sleep with him, it startles him at first but his reactions are more that of confusion than fear. Discovers a pond and a tree, he begins to make it his home, rather than share the life boat with Richard Parker. One day the pond fills up with fish. The next it is empty, Pi cannot explain it. He learns that the island, made up of algee is carniverous. The pond that spontaneously filled with fish and then emptied was emptied by the island. In a tree he finds fruit which when he pulls it apart he discovers contains human teeth, He questions who was here before him and how long they lived. Pi decides to leave the island. Rather perishing of his own acts than to be "eaten" by the island. He takes Richard Parker with him. Even now that he can do what it takes to survive he will not leave an innocent to die. They come to land. Identified as Mexico in the book. Richard Parker leaves him. People find him and his incorperation takes a full turn to human life. He is taken to a hospital. He never gives up on his faith and is thankful for all care he recieves. When he is questioned by officials investigating the sinking of the ship he tells them first of the story portayed in the book. Then he tells them of a story where each animal is portrayed as a human. With all the actions and events remaining the same. As a boy he was not able to cope with the tragedy and horror that surrounded him as the ship sank as a man he is able to face it. yet facing it and living with it are seperate things. The boy? Pi's journey continues as he must accept what has happened to him. The boy does not know how to cope. In these moments he refusing his quest.
To begin his quest he must face his situation. The way the book is written tells the reader that Pi's journey is on going.
The story opens with reflection. Pi looking back at his achievements. Throughout the book snipits of Pi's current life are revealed, as well as the scars his quest left. Pi is raised in India, living in a zoo, he is used to animals. He is used to being challenged. The way the novel is introduced shows us the impact that animals have had on his life. His childhood memories, his teenage challanges and his adult interests. Will Pi's quest effect his children? Continue spinning as he continues living? The circle never goes back to the begining. Pi's journey pushed him to the max and makes him into a man with values infulenced by his experiences. His quest changed his life in every way possible. He will never forget or go back
The man. Pi's quest made him into a man. It lead him from a meek boy not confident in who he was, to a man who knows who he is. All of his experiences lead him through and prepared him for his quest. Innocent and trusting. The End. Pi thinks about survival. He is trying to keep hope and using knowledge of the animal kingdom that he has gained from growing up at the zoo As Pi struggles to find hope and survive he thinks of his knowledge of the animal kingdom. As Pi struggles to survive he uses his knowledge of the animal kingdom to remind himself to have hope and purpose. "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do." - Confucius In Pi's rite of passage and quest of maturity there are many times that he fell and gave up hope. Each time he got up and pushed through to come through this. Each time he fell he learned, each time he got up he grew stronger.
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