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One is an author who is referred to as. "the narrator". The other narrator is the main character (protagonist), Pi Patel. The. Life of Pi is a story within another story. How this fits in the context of the novel Life of Pi is the subject of discussion of this paper. (Life of Pi, 28) vitecek.info Even the author's note in the beginning doesn't go unnoticed where .. The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs. Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel written by Yann Martel. Published in . Life of Pi fits the Buddhist images of the ocean of samsara Course [Video file].
Martel challenges readers, aesthetically and linguistically, and gives faith a chance by allegorically linking religion and story together. In an interview with Andrew Steinmetz, Martel explains: Pi undergoes a lot of emotional upheaval which he overcomes through his deep and unshakable faith in God.
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Remember me on this computer. Enter the email address you signed up with and we'll email you a reset link. He survives on canned water, emergency rations, and fish that he catches. He also finds and feeds the tiger, and begins trying to train him.
Along their journey, they encounter an island in the middle of the ocean that appears to be made up entirely of vegetation. He comes to the conclusion that island eats people, and he and Richard Parker continue their journey. After a while longer on the ocean, the two of them finally wash up on a beach. It turns out that he and Richard Parker had spent days in the lifeboat, and had been presumed dead for quite some time.
The beach he washed up on was in Mexico, and after landing, Richard Parker runs away and leaves Pi alone on the beach. The authorities soon find him, and the Japanese owners of the cargo ship that he was originally on arrive to interview him. He tells them the story with the animals, but they refuse to believe him. PI offering meat That's it, Richard Parker. It's for you. Pi holds the lamb through the bars, The tiger walks slowly down the hallway, regarding Pi with a detached curiosity, as unthreatening in his manner as a large housecat.
Pi begins trembling from sheer excitement. He doesn't hear the approach of uneven footsteps - Father appears, followed by Ravi. Just as Richard Parker approaches the offering. Father yanks Pi violently away from the cage, wrenching Pi's hand through the bars. Richard Parker, startled, raises his head, hissing. He turns and bounds back out through the gate at the other end of the hallway, disappearing into the exhibit area. Father spins Pi around and shoves him against the wall.
Are you out of your mind? Who gave you permission to come back here? You have just ignored everything I have ever taught you! PI I just wanted to say 'Hello' to him. He is an animal, not a playmate! PI Animals have souls. I've seen it in their eyes. Father turns to Ravi, who stands by the gate.
You're sure, Mr. Pi's just a kid. Do it. Go ahead. Selvam sets the goat down and ties a piece of rope around the animal's neck. Animals don't think like we do; people who forget that get themselves killed.
That tiger is not your friend. When you look into his eyes, you are seeing your own emotions reflected back at you - nothing else. Selvam ties the goat to the bars at the gate area where Pi had been about to feed Richard Parker.
Don't be stupid! Say you're sorry. You know what your father said about coming back here. PI I'm sorry. I was Mother turns to Father, quietly - referring to the goat: In Tamil: Selvam, the gate.
You want to scar them for life? That boy almost lost his arm! Turning to Selvam: Selvam opens the far gate. Richard Parker re-enters the hallway. He sees the goat and slinks forward, lowering his body, his ears flattening against his skull. The goat freezes.
Everyone watches in silence, transfixed by the intensity of the tiger. Pi watches the animal spirit glowing up within Richard Parker's eyes as instinct takes over. In a sudden, single burst, Richard Parker bolts the length of the hallway, claws reaching out through the bars of the cage toward the goat. We don't see what happens next - but the family does. Only a few seconds have passed, but Richard Parker has already turned to go back into his enclosure, the lifeless goat in his mouth.
The family watches - Father is impassive, Ravi traumatized; mother wraps her arms around Pi. Pi now 16 lies in bed, reading "Notes from the Underground. The radio plays in the other room. Police will be granted powers to arrest and indefinitely detain citizens responsible for the uprising.
Ravi's alarm goes off. Ravi reaches to shut it off. Pi, in raincoat, walks out to the street, where student bicycles are lined up by the hundreds. He gets his bike. Things changed after the day of Appa's lesson. The world had lost some of its enchantment. School was a bore - nothing but facts, fractions and French. Words and patterns that went on and on. I grew restless, searching for something that would bring meaning into my life.
And then I met Anandi Mother made me study music, and one day my teacher came down with the flu; he asked if I could take his place one afternoon playing rhythms for a dance class. Pi watches her, hopelessly in love, absent-mindedly drumming along. The dance master claps her hands, interrupting to teach. If you do not concentrate, you cannot express your love of God through dance. Feel the ground beneath your feet; MORE Anandi, come to the front; lead them. Anandi obeys; Pi watches her, lost in admiration, until the teacher taps a wood block to get his attention.
The girls in the class giggle - Pi blushes, embarrassed. Gathering his courage, he peers out, searching for Anandi. She is nowhere to be seen. He walks into an open area of the market that surrounds a banyan tree. Suddenly, he hears a voice behind him. Pi turns - Anandi stands before him, her friends a short distance behind her, eavesdropping. PI What?
PI After a beat, to cover his evident guilt: What does this mean? Pi vaguely imitates the hand gesture - pinching the tips of his fingers together - that he saw Anandi use in the dance rehearsal. Anandi stares at him, bewildered. PI CONT'D In the dance, you went from Pataka, which means the forest, and then you did-then you did Samputa, which means something that is hidden, and after that you did this Pi demonstrates her dancing. Anandi smiles, while her friends giggle at his performance.
Repeating the gesture: None of the other dancers did that. What did you mean? The God of love is hiding in the forest?
PI The lotus flower is hiding in the forest? Why would a lotus flower hide in the forest? Anandi blushes. She has no answer.
PI And this is Richard Parker. He's the most magnificent creature we've ever had here. Look at the way he's turning his head. Showing off - like a dancer.
You see? Pi beams. Father's voice gradually breaks through into Pi's consciousness. We have talked about it for some time Do you understand what I'm saying? Pi glances over. PI Sorry. You've been For my family. Our animals are worth far more abroad than here in India, and if the town council stops supporting us, I don't know where we'll be.
PI I'm sorry PI What?? But the animals are ours, and if we sell them, we will have enough to start a new life. PI But where would we go? Our life is here Appa! I have some opportunities for work in Winnipeg. I'll be shipping most of the animals for sale in North America; we can get freighter passage for the whole family. So, it is settled. We will sail like Columbus! PI But Columbus was looking for India!
Anandi takes a length of colored silken threads, tying them around Pi's wrist to serve as 'Rakhi' - a sisterly blessing for protection on his journey. It takes a lot of work to sell a zoo; before we left Anandi and I had time enough to break each other's hearts.
Of course, I promised I'd come back one day It's funny I remember everything else about our last day, but I don't remember saying goodbye As she finishes, Pi reaches out impulsively to hold her hand.
Pi stands at the railing of the cargo ship, staring out at the Chennai shoreline.
Mother approaches. Pi doesn't respond. Mother approaches and stands beside him. Piscine, You have a whole life ahead of you. We're doing this for you and Ravi. Come inside and have some dinner. The meal consists of liver and onions, sausages, and rice soaked in gravy. Mother points at her rice. Do you have anything -? The French Cook ladles ore gravy over her rice. Not more gravy. You don't want gravy? No, I want something vegetarian.
I- The cook takes her plate, sets it on the counter in front of Father. The following takes place in French subtitled. No problems. But she doesn't eat liver. Then she can eat the sausages, the rice, the gravy. To Mother: Or you can go cook your own food.
The cook shoves a plate of plain rice over the counter. I cook for sailors, not curry eaters. Father grabs the cook's forearms, yanking him halfway over the high counter. You're nothing but a servant!
You feed monkeys! Sailors descend on the two, pulling them apart. He speaks with a Taiwanese accent and a gentle smile. On ship, gravy is not meat. Is taste. You try? Pi smiles in gratitude, but the gravy looks anything but appetizing.
Animal crates and cages surround Pi, the air filled with screeches and growls. Father enters the hold, carrying food for the animals. Don't worry - we will have plenty of fresh supplies after we stop in Manila. Father mixes tranquilizer pills into food for the orangs.
PI Why give O. She's not going to cause any trouble. We don't want to be cleaning up after a seasick orangutan, do we? Pi looks up, notices Father watching him. Father tries to smile along with his little attempt at humor, but his manner is stiff, his eyes furtive and uneasy. My father was a businessman - he had never handled the animals himself.
I realized that leaving India must have been harder for him than it was for me. Pi has fallen silent, reflective. So far we have an Indian boy named after a French swimming pool on a Japanese ship full of animals heading to Canada. We'll get there. It was four days out of Manila - above the Mariana Trench, the deepest spot on earth Zoom closer until the blue fills the screen Our ship, the Tsimtsum, pushed on, bullishly indifferent to its surroundings.
It moved with the slow, massive confidence of a continent. The freighter sailing in ominous weather, the name Tsimtsum emblazoned on its hull. Choppy seas, rains, a storm. Close on Pi's sleeping face, the cabin swaying in the storm. A loud, deep rumble breaks into his consciousness.
The ship shakes. Pi's eyes open. He looks around, listens.
He leans over the side of his bunk and wakes Ravi. PI Ravi? Did you hear that? Pause Ravi? I'm sleeping. PI It's a thunderstorm! Let's go watch! RAVI Are you crazy? We'll get hit by lightning. PI No, we won't. It'll hit the bridge first. On the other side of the narrow room, Mother shifts uncomfortably on the double bed she shares with Father.
Pi steps out into a bracing rain and walks to the rail, wind whipping his hair. He laughs, exhilarated, as rain splashes over his face. Throwing arms wide, Pi dances in imitation of Anandi's dance, slipping more than once on the rain-soaked deck, shouting in giddy adolescent triumph. PI More rain, lord of storms! Let it rage! He finishes, laughing as he falls against the railing. The deck lights suddenly all come on at once; a warning alarm sounds over the loudspeakers.
Pi slips to the front of the deck and stands up, watching in horror as a wave washes over the bow, carrying several sailors overboard. He pushes himself away from the railing and runs back down below. Halfway down, Pi hits water. He dives, searching for his family. The hall lights flicker - the passage falls dark an instant before the emergency lights come on in the water below, which nearly reaches the ceiling.
Pi dives, trying to swim against the flowing current; he's astonished to find a ZEBRA swimming toward him, passing overhead. He tries to swim further, but the enormous force of rushing water and air is too great; he scrambles backward, groping toward the stairwell. Pi sees movement - animals running. He scrambles toward them, the ship groaning as it lists sideways.
Oxen and deer are visible on the far side of the deck, backlit by emergency lights; Pi hears monkeys screeching, the clatter of hoofs pounding. In the distance, Sailors shout orders in panicked voices. Pi runs to the Captain. Wait stay here. He grabs a life vest and starts to put it on Pi. PI You have to help them, please! Oh no my family, please.
You have to help them, my family is back there. The Taiwanese Sailor jumps onto the ship. You must go. PI Who let all the animals out? They shove a life vest over Pi's head. PI No wait! PI No please! They guide Pi to the side, where a section of the ship's railing has been removed to give access to the lifeboat. They push Pi over the edge; Pi falls onto the lifeboat, bouncing on the protective tarp that is still stretched taut across the bow.
He grabs at the rope holding the bow, trying not to slip off. The sailors are shouting at the French cook, who stands at the stern. What are you doing?! Bring it down! Tie it down! The sailors look towards the upper deck. Pi follows their looks and watches in horror as a zebra launches itself over the side of the ship, careening through the air toward the safety of the lifeboat.
The French cook staggers backward and jumps out of the way, falling to the water below. Pi throws up his arms as the life boat starts to drop. The zebra arcs through the air, missing the tarp, landing on the exposed stern with a sickening thud, shattering the rear bench. The force sends the rig lines spinning. The lifeboat plummets to the water below.
The impact spins it around, nearly washing Pi overboard. He is left clinging to the back of the tarp, the zebra on the floor of the lifeboat before him. As the lifeboat drops down the side of the swell, Pi slides to the front of the tarp. The Tsimtsum's propeller rises behind him. As Pi steadies himself, a swell lifts the lifeboat, crashing it onto the deck of the Tsimtsum.
It drops back into the sea, rolling over completely.
The vessel instantly rights itself - the lifeboat is designed to be virtually unsinkable. Pi lands on the lifeboat's floorboards, next to the zebra.
Pi sees the Tsimtsum at an angle, it's bow dipping below the water.
As he tries to get up, Pi notices the orange emergency whistle that dangles from the vest. He grabs it and blows, shouting between blasts.
The deck lights of the freighter glow with a cheery, unnatural brilliance. By the light of the ship, Pi can just make out a distant figure in the water. Pi spies a lifebuoy tied to a rope. He grabs it and heaves it as far as he can across the water. The moment Pi feels the tug on the line, he jumps into the uncovered part of the boat, lies back and begins hauling the rope in. Nearly finished, he lifts his head to peer over the side and sees who he's rescued.
A beat - and then Pi realizes what he's done. He scrambles backward in horror, trying to throw the rope overboard. Richard Parker paddles toward the boat. Pi grabs an oar, wielding it against the approaching tiger. Richard Parker tries to grab the oar. Pi yanks the oar away, falling onto his back. He listens as Richard Parker claws his way up the side of the swaying boat, coughing and gagging water.
Pi scrambles backward, oar still in hand. He rises and jumps overboard. An enormous wave rolls toward Pi - filling his lungs with air, Pi dives under, away from the assault of the raging storm. Lightning casts a blazing white veil over the surface of the water above him, backlighting fish and animals, waves frozen in time like wrinkled bedsheets, their motionless texture pocked and dimpled with raindrops.
As the sky explodes in white flashes, the scene is caught in surreal still shots. A hippo swims past, it's heavy form moving gracefully. Pi swims toward the camera - then freezes, reacting in horror as A shark swoops past him and up toward the struggling animals near the surface. Pi dives defensively - the camera follows. Ahead, the Tsimtsum is visible, fifty feet beyond Pi, its deck lights dipping below the surface, casting an eerie underwater glow, bubbles flowing up to the surface; nearby, Pi can make out the floating oar.
The lifebuoy floats a dozen feet off; he swims toward it. He grabs the oar moments before a huge wave sweeps him up and over the lifeboat. He lands on the other side, the oar lost, and drags himself onto the stern. He jumps over the kicking zebra and scrambles onto the boat tarp. An oar sticks out from under the boat cover, hanging out over the front of the lifeboat.
Pi climbs out on the oar, keeping himself a safe distance from the tiger he assumes is beneath the tarp. The air vibrates with a tremendous belching groan; Pi looks over to the cargo ship, watching, astounded PI Amma! I'm sorry! Pi watches in horror as the Tsimtsum plummets into the depths of the Mariana Trench, it's deck lights gradually fading. Pi bursts into tears as waves from the sinking vessel buffet his lifeboat. Pi weeps uncontrollably.
Pi has hung the lifebuoy on the oar and now sits on it, slumped in exhaustion and shivering. With what energy he still has, he weeps - his face is puffy and swollen from a night of tears. Pi watches a shark fin knife through the waves. His feet have been trailing in the water; he quickly lifts them out. He raises his head, looking at his new surroundings - water and air, clouds and sky. Nothing on the horizon. Pi creeps forward on the oar, pulling himself onto the gunnels - the side of the boat.
No sign of Richard Parker. The zebra comes into view in the stern of the lifeboat, injured legs folded beneath it, staring indifferently into space. He pauses to catch his breath, then becomes aware of a slight movement at one side of the tarp. Pi freezes, dumbfounded. PI Hari? Hari, the hyena, with a sloping, bear-like forehead and the nervous manner of a beaten dog, reappears. Pi instantly dives across the tarp, scrambling for safety on the oar. The hyena staggers and stumbles listlessly.
Pi turns to face the creature, struggling for calm. The screech of a terrified animal echoes across the water - the hyena looks out to port, the hair rising on its back, then staggers beneath the tarp. Pi squints into the rising sun. An enormous bundle of bananas bobs into view. The bundle twists and rolls - and Orange Juice, the orangutan tries desperately to stay on top.
This way! Within moments, the bundle is within reach of the lifeboat; Pi catches the oar handle in the netting that binds the bananas together and pulls it against the side of the boat. The netting, wrapped around the handle of the oar, pulls loose from the bananas, which tumble out of reach. As Pi reels the netting in, O.
Pi throws a banana to O. Pause I'll bet Mother and Father found him. They'll all be here soon. Intolerable heat. Flies circle the zebra, landing on Pi's face and arms. He's too exhausted to brush them away.
The only sound is the incessant lapping of water against the hull. Pi stares out across the ocean - no rescue in sight. He pushes himself upright, calling over the waves. Pi kneels and bangs his bailing bucket against the hull. The hyena emergees, shaking its head violently in an attempt to clear its thoughts.
It screams in frustration and begins yipping. Pi picks up the oar and pokes the hyena to fend it off. He watches with increasing alarm as the hyena paces in frantic circles - whatever tranquilizers this animal received are wearing off. The boy wraps his grip around the paddle, prepared to defend himself. The hyena abruptly stops pacing, coughing and retching - then lies down, shaking from emotional and physical distress. It sets its head on the edge of the tarp, predator eyes fastened on Pi.
Pi has hung the paddle and lifebuoy off the end of the boat and perches on the bow.
The hyena's eyes seem to glow in the last light, fixed on Pi. Pi stares back. Pi fights fatigue as waves splash interminably against the hull. He winces at each creak of the lifeboat; his eyes glaze over as he stares out at the endless, dusky seascape.
Pi sees movement in the shadows. The hyena attacks the zebra; the zebra barks and squeals. PI No!
Stop it! Pi slumps over the oar, eyes half open, glazed. He has stayed up a second night for fear of being attacked, and now he slowly nods sideways, giving in to exhaustion despite himself, and tumbles into the water.
Pi gasps in shock as the water slaps him into full consciousness. He climbs back onto the life ring - coughing, tired, wet, sad and fearful.