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Life Of Pi By Yann Martel: Character Analysis

1771 words - 7 pages

Sheraz Gondal
Mrs. Booth
English Language Arts 30 A
29th November 2013
Character Analysis
In the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The author touches the reader’s emotions with it's story and it's importance paid to the each character. Piscine Molitor Patel is the main character for most of the novel and he is also the narrator. The main character Pi is described as a young shy man. He tells the author about his early childhood and the awful shipwreck that changed his life. This narrative distances the reader from the truth. The reader does not know if Pi’s story is accurate or which part is believable. As a child he a lot and embraces many religions and rich narratives that provide meaning and create new dimensions to his life. In his interviews with the Japanese investigators after his rescue, he offers first the more unrealealistic version of his time at sea. But later on they're request he then provides a different version that is more realistic but ultimately less appealing to both himself and his questioners. The main point of this novel is that if you keep some faith in god and keep some hope you can get through every obstacle no matter how big it is and that is evident in this book because It is hard to believe that a boy can survive 227 days at sea but the way the author presented the story it forces the reader to believe the authors perspective.
The story is about Pi a boy who survived more then two hundred days at sea. Being the loved son of a zookeeper, he constantly interjects facts about animals and animal behavior into his story. His attitude is respectful, honest and generous .He adopts two new religions, Catholicism and Islam, on top of his native Hindu, practicing all three in effort to experience God. Pi is an eager, outgoing, and energetic person and he is dependent on his family for protection and guidance. But when the disaster happens and his ship sinks, Pi is torn away from his family and left alone on a lifeboat with wild creatures. The disaster makes Pi stronger and he must now become self-sufficient. Though he mourns the loss of his family and fears for his life, he rises to the challenge. He finds a survival guide and and the author evokes his inner strength . Pi sometime Questions his own values, he later decides that his vegetarianism is an important thing under the conditions and he quickly learns to fish. He manages to protect himself from Richard Parker and even creates a parental relationship with the tiger, providing him with food and keeping him in good shape. The devastating shipwreck transforms Pi into an adult, able to stand up for himself out in the dangerous world. The author changed the character from a young boy who relies on his family for everything to a young brave men who has become self-sufficient and has the ability to fight the world all alone and cross every obstacle put in front him. The author did this change very carefully and because the...

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