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Life Of Pi Prezi
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As a teenager who was born and raised in Pondicherry, India, Pi Patel lives with his mother,his father and his brother Ravi. He is constantly exploring new opportunities and learning many odd and exciting things. His father is the owner of the Pondicherry Zoo, where Pi learns much of the workings and lessons about raising the animals. Pi’s mother is an avid reader and introduces to him numerous literary works from which he learns the joys of numerous schools of thought At age 16, Pi’s father decides to close up the zoo to move to Winnipeg. He sells off a majority of the zoo animals to various zoos in America. The animals are loaded onto the same boat that the family will take to reach Winnipeg, Canada. On the journey to Canada, the boat sinks. during the chaos, Pi sees another survivor floating in the water and only after throwing them a life preserver and pulling them aboard he realizes that he has saved Richard Parker, the 400 pound tiger from his father’s zoo. Themes in Life of Pi:
Primacy of survival
Loss of innocence Life Of Pi How Religion makes Pi stronger:
"tears flowing down my cheeks, i egged myself on until i heard a crackling sound and i no longer felt any life fighting in my hands. i pulled back the folds of the blanket. the flying fish was dead...i wept heartily over this poor little deceased soul. it was the first sentient being i had ever killed. i was now a killer. i was now as guilty as Cain" (Martel 183) 2nd theme: Primacy Of Survival Moral beliefs are put aside to do what is neccessary for survival another form of survival is when Pi admits to eating human remains:
"i will confess that i caught one of his arms with the gaff and used his flesh as bait. i will further confess that i ate some of his flesh...you must understand, my suffering was unremitting and he was already dead. i stopped as soon as i caught a fish."(Martel 284) 3rd theme: loss of innocence 1st theme: Religion Pi makes it clear to people that he is a devout follower of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Despite other people disapproving (namely his father who is constantly telling him to think rationally rather then depend on something that will only blind you), Pi manages to get a prayer rug and a bible. These items represent Pi's religious freedom. In the future, his adoration for his Gods becomes a pillar for Pi to lean on for support when he is stranded with Richard Parker. It's a maturation from not only physical growth, but also emotional, spiritual, social and mental aspects. Pi has a stable home life and a carefree childhood. However, because of his father's busy schedule on taking care of the whole establishment of the zoo, Pi is always stuck with taking care of the animals. this causes a invisible isolation that separates Pi from the outside world. Pi's value system is derived from the instruction and teachings of his parents. But primarily, he also derives his value system through the spirituality gained from his religions. the starting point of the time when Pi loses his innocence is when the ship sinks. In a matter of minutes this incident tarnishes his innocence and he frantically tries to makes sense of the seemingly bleak situation that is happening to him:
"every single thing i value in life has been destroyed" (martel 108). from this tragedy, Pi must endure the most painful things such as killing another animal for the sake of him surviving and him going as far as to eating another lone survivor just for him to live another day. Pi quickly becomes angry and questions his Gods. He asks " am i not allowed no explanation? i am to suffer hell without any account from heaven? in that case, what is the purpose of reason, Richard Parker?" (Martel 108). however, Pi must make do with what he is given and adjusts to his lifestyle on the boat. Once Pi acknowledges the act of killing in order to survive, he reflects:
"killing it was no problem. it is simple and brutal: a person can get used to anything, even to killing" (Martel 205). In Conclusion....
Pi Patel in Life of Pi experiences both traumatic and fantastical events that in turn, help illustrate a story that shows that religion, the primacy of survival and the loss of innocence are the main themes that are the most significant and evident throughout the book. FIN :)