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The Brilliance Of Life Of Pi, By Yann Martel

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The fictitious brilliance of Life of Pi is that it can be translated in completely opposing ways. While some people may read it & find it genuinely religious, almost like watching Pi have a religious epiphany, another may read Pi’s story and think of it as a more realistic, hard fact only, type of story. Nevertheless, there is a universal idea that the story repeats to all readers and that is to think & use logistics. Through Pi, the author wants to show how ultimately rewarding it can be to have a little bit of brain power when in any situation.
The novel Life of Pi, written by Yann Martel, portrays how reason helps the main character, Pi, survive in the worst of struggles. Pi is the only ...view middle of the document...

Pi is terrified, because he knows that unless he does something radical, he will be torn to shreds. Many days pass, and Pi and Richard Parker are going to starve to death slowly. After seeing that the tiger is not himself, and feeling a little bit sea sick, Pi uses his zoo-keeping expertise in a risky and severe move. Pi decides that he must domesticate the tiger just like circus people do to get animals, including tigers, to do tricks. "I had to tame him. It was at that moment that I realized this necessity. It was not a question of him or me, but of him and me.”(Martel 181) To claim himself as the alpha male of the life raft, Pi uses an emergency whistle, the tiger’s sea-sickness, and his new found courage to tame the beast. The tiger, now reliant on Pi for sustenance, must obey, or fear dying of starvation.

Reason is a large part in discovering limitations of Pi. Putting his religious restrictions, feelings, & emotions towards certain acts, like killing, aside to find food, and survive was huge. The limitations of people are what allows them to go above and beyond and survive. This is because we are able to cope with the things that we do not usually think we are capable of coping with. Pi proves that reason allows him to discover human limitations when he finally has enough, and becomes a meat eater. It is not an easy road. “I heard a cracking sound and I no longer felt any life fighting in my hands…I wept heartily over this poor little deceased soul.” (Martel 203)


Finally, reason plays a large role in Pi’s survival, because it has enabled him to...

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