Setting In Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi And The Yellow Wallpaper” By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Surroundings affect how one participates in everyday life. Two settings seem entirely different, yet they create similar situations through availability of freedom offered by each setting. Life of Pi by Yann Martel possesses corresponding situations and distinct differences with “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Both compositions utilize confinement to intensify their settings, but the means of confinement have different bounds, and the things they can interact with are extremely separate. Characters of both works communicate with other beings based entirely on their setting. These stories revolve solely around the place of occurrence.
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As “the sea, so immense, so breathtakingly immense” surrounds him now, he tames the tiger in order to keep himself alive (Martel 110). The setting of Life of Pi contains vital meaning to the story. Without the zoo and endless ocean water, all the other elements of the composition would possess little or no significance. Piscine endures difficult things to overcome by being in the setting in which he was. The knowledge he gained from the situation would not have occurred either. Confinement allowed Piscine to be resourceful and dedicate effort to surviving with the Bengal tiger.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” displays a similar use of setting. The author provides readers with information implying that the woman narrating struggles with an illness. Her sister cares for her along with her husband since his occupation coincidentally happens to be a physician. The couple “[secures] ancestral halls for the summer” as she copes with her “temporary nervous depression” (Gilman 408). Daily life for this woman includes restraint to a yellow-wallpapered room in their estate. She describes the wallpaper as if it is quite busy or perhaps irritating to the eye. The short story only focuses on this room and how this woman perceives it. Astoundingly, the delirious woman sees another woman in the wallpaper as she claims. As a result, she observes this woman, and eventually, she concludes this woman is her. Readers may believe that her confinement led to her insanity. She has “”pulled off most of the [wall]paper, so [they] can’t put [her] back,”” which makes it seem as if she felt trapped by her husband primarily (Gilman 417). He controlled most of her actions obviously because he did not allow her to write the way she wrote her story. The story strongly centers on the room and the wallpaper. The audience’s opinion of the woman’s instability becomes definite when she exclaims to her loved ones that she is now free. “The Yellow Wallpaper” revolves around her and her illness in this wallpapered room.
Life of Pi and “The Yellow Wallpaper” demonstrate obvious similarities. Both Pi and the demented woman are confined in their settings, and without their restraints, the compositions contain insignificant details. The setting affects how both characters interact with what they encounter. Piscine faces a difficult task when he comes in contact with the Bengal tiger. Due to the ocean setting, he cannot escape the situation, so he utilizes all that he is blessed with inside the lifeboat to withstand the Bengal tiger and the Pacific Ocean. He builds a raft to avoid Richard Parker, and he discovers a whistle that assists him...

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