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Adversity In Yann Martel's Life Of Pi

1337 words - 5 pages

People don't truly accept life for what it is until they've actually tasted adversity and went through those misfortunes and suffering. We are put through many hardships in life, and we learn to understand and deal with those issues along the way. We find that life isn't just about finding one's self, but about creating and learning from our experiences and background. Adversity shapes what we are and who we become as individuals. Yann Martel's Life of Pi shows us that adverse situations help shape a person's identity and play a significant role in one's lief by determining one's capabilities and potential, shaping one's beliefs and values, and defining the importance and meaning of one's self.

Adversity has the effect of evoking abilities which, in booming circumstances, would have lain dormant. Through adversity we come to see ourselves grow and advance as individuals, and realize our true potential. In retrospect, we see Pi overcoming fear and loss and realizing what he is capable of and his potential as one of God's disciples. Adversity brings out the finest in people, the most magnifcant qualities and abilities that a person can possess. Yann Martel expresses through this writing that people fall victim to adversity all the time, but our understanding for different situations makes us able to determine our capabilities as individuals. Pi has many potential talents and abilities that he just hasn't uncovered yet and could use to survive. Throughout the novel Pi goes through many life changing experiences, overcomes many obstacles and pushes his limits. Like when Pi catches the fish and kills it for the first time. He's hesitant and begins to fret over it, but he soon comes to realize that in order for him to survive he has to be capable of killing without guilt. Therefore this event helps to reinforce the assurance of his potential and capabilities as a survivor and direct his long haul over the mountain of calamity. We see Pi transform from a scared little boy to a wise young man, and it helps to show us that Pi recognized that he had to go beyond his limits and push what he thought was his "end of the line", or overcoming adversity. He realized that he had far more capabilities that he could use while sharing the lifebot with a tiger. Pi's father taught him many life-saving practices and Pi used these to his advantage when he decided to train Richard Parker. Pi was able to apply his father's wisdom of animals to the situation with Richard Parker - like using the whistle - and ended up learning something new about himself, and discovering one more piece of the puzzle that is Pi. He found that he would survive if he just used those unrealized and recognized capabilities to his advantage. Even at the beginning of the novel we see Pi had the ability, the potential to survive, the adversity just exposed it and brought it to light. The novel shows that, what adversity brought out in him, Pi applied to his life. Pi has the incredible capacity to...

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