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Comparing Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi And The Snows Of Kilimanjaro By Ernest Hemingway

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In the story Life Of Pi by Yann Martel it talks about a boy who is lost at sea trying to go to Canada. In the other story The Snows Of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway talks about a man who is injured and need to get to the hospital. Even though both stories seem very similar they have some differences as well. In both of the stories the authors express the idea of death as coming in the form as an animal, they also use the animals to raise or lose hope of the protagonists, and finally the animals are used to bring pain and suffering to the protagonists as well.

In both of the writings the authors use the idea of death coming to the protagonists in a form of an animal. In the story Life Of Pi the author brings the sense of fear in a tiger form and that is what Pi is scared off. As in the other story Harry is scared of the vultures and hyena. When Pi first finds the tiger he is happy that he found a survivor, but then he realizes that he can get killed really ...view middle of the document...

Also since he was injured and he heard the hyena’s voice he realized that death was coming closer because what he meant was that the hyena would eat him. Since they move easier at night and considering his wife was going to bed, he would get eaten overnight. In both of the stories the authors used animals to bring the idea of death and how it was coming closer to frighten up the protagonists.

Not only were the animals used to bring the idea of death into the minds of the protagonists; they were also used to raise the hopes of survivals to the protagonists. In Life Of Pi the main character Pi was really scared of the tiger that he built his own raft away from the tiger. This was done to stay away from him and once he moved there he had the chance of surviving more because he provided food for the tiger as well as himself. “I built a raft. The oars, if you remember, floated. And I had life jackets and sturdy lifebuoy.”(Pg. 148) Since he believes that he has a bigger chance of surviving staying away from the tiger he built a raft that was tied with the boat. He is farther than the tiger and his hopes are raised because he knows that he has more time to get shore. Even though the tiger could swim he knew he was tired and that was what gave him the idea to build a raft away from the tiger. In the other story The Snows Of Kilimanjaro when Harry first sees the vultures his hopes of survival are drained down the toilet. Most people as well would have given up if they see a vulture land in front of them. “As he looked out past the shade onto the glare of the plain there were three of the big birds squatted obscenely, while in the sky a dozen more sailed, making quick-moving shadows as they passed.” (Pg. 1) From the begging of the story the author wanted the readers to know that Harry had no hope of surviving. To make it clearer to the reader he created an image that most people would know of and he tied in the vultures with it. Even though they both have the feeling of death, Yann Martel wanted to raise the hope of Pi while Ernest Hemingway wanted to lose the hope of survival of Harry.

Even though the animals help raise and lose hopes of the protagonists they also bring pain and suffering to the protagonists.

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