“When your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger for survival .”
Within the story are themes of spirituality and religion , self -perception, the definition of family, and the nature of animals. Life of Pi is a rich and dynamic text full of discussion of morality, faith, and the ambivalence of what constitutes truth.
The novel Life of Pi written by Yann Martel portrays how reason helps the main character, Pi to survive in struggle. Pi is the only survival of a shipwreck, he stays with a Bengal tiger, Richard Parker in a lifeboat for 227 days. Thus, reason helps Pi to get through the struggle and makes him survive .
Since Pi practices faith in three major religions, he draws upon all of them to pull him through his suffering on the lifeboat. During times when Pi wants to give up hope, he prays or remembers a story from one of the religions he knows so well. He is strengthened to keep on fighting for his life.
What does killing his first turtle teach Pi ? Pi needs to change his old ways of pacifism and vegetarianism if he hopes to have a chance in surviving at sea. Pi’s only wish other than his rescue is to have a blanket while at sea.
What pushes pi to continue to kill despite this reaction ? He did not want to get eaten by the tiger, and wanted his hook back. “I would have spared myself the trouble-after all, it was for Richard Parker and he would have dispatched it with expert ease-but for the hook was embedded in its mouth.”
In Life of Pi , one of the nine Oscar nominees for Best Picture this year, a boy suffers a shipwreck and is lost at sea. It’s a fictional story , of course, based on a novel, but director Ang Lee nevertheless wanted the movie to have depth and realism.
Meena Patel Pi’s wife, whom the author meets briefly in Toronto.
Pi quickly learns how to conform to life at sea. Pi’s attitude towards Richard Parker also shows emotional growth. He teaches himself how to fish, how to use solar stills and even builds himself a raft to float on so he is safe from Richard Parker, overcoming the ordeals of his journey.
From this evidence, Pi decides that the island is carnivorous. He stocks the lifeboat with dead fish and meerkats and eats and drinks his fill of algae and fresh water. Then he waits for Richard Parker to board the lifeboat and pushes off into the sea.
What did Pi do to keep Richard Parker satisfied ? Caught as many fish as possible.
Orange Juice – A female orangutan. She drifts to the lifeboat aboard floating bananas . She is killed by the Hyena. Takes the place of Gita Patel in Pi’s alternate story.
The Pi symbol ” Π ” is God’s name in the bible, Pi is “3.14”, and Ex “3:14” draws the Pi symbol when God says “I am that Pi ” (new book)
The love and passion from the Catholic belief system intrigues him, but only because of the foundation of Hinduism . He says, ‘I owe to Hinduism the original landscape of my religious imagination’ Pi continues to explain that he was not unhappy with who he was or his faith.
Why doesn’t Pi argue with Mr . Kumar about the existence of God ? Pi is afraid that Mr . Kumar’s rational words will take a hold of him the way the polio virus took hold of the young Kumar .