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The Journeys Of Survival In Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist And Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi

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Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi
In his first voyage in 1492, when Christopher Columbus set out to search for India, he ended up landing in America on a small island in the Caribbean Sea instead of Asia. He then made several other voyages to the New World in search for riches, thinking that he was exploring an already explored land. He had discovered America, which was the greatest riches of them all. This shows that when one sets out on a mission, they face different challenges on the journey but in the end, they can accomplish more than their aim. The novel The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, and the novel Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, both describe two journeys where the characters learn about life, survival, and patience. First, they understand themselves better, followed by learning to communicate with nature. Then they learn to face their fears, and lastly, understand religion better. The former is about a young shepherd named Santiago, who has a recurring dream of a treasure in Egypt, for which he makes a journey to achieve his personal legend with the help of a man who claims to be a king. The latter is about a boy named Pi, who is on a ship to Canada from India, which sinks and he has to learn to survive on a lifeboat with a tiger. Santiago and Pi both discover new ways to understand the meaning of life on their journey: they realize their strengths and weaknesses, they communicate with other living things, they tackle their agitation with logic, and their faith in God strengthens.
Santiago understands himself as he discovers on his journey, his purpose of life, which is achieving his personal legend, while Pi discovers his evil side, a side, which he never thought he would ever release. In The Alchemist, Santiago learns through his adventures of life as a shepherd, making him understand himself and the world better. He meets an old man, who claims to be King of Salem. That king enlightens the boy about the soul of the world, and that dreams play a big role in helping a person achieve their personal legend. The king goes on to explain that “‘whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth’" (Coelho 12). Thus, the old man structures a basis of the personal legend for Santiago to understand, which becomes a motivating factor for him to move on, and go on a journey to discover his personal legend. On the other hand, in Life of Pi, Pi is stuck on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. To survive, he has to catch fish to feed the tiger or else, the tiger would eat him. The first time Pi catches fish, he becomes frustrated as the first fish tries to escape. He has to hit the fish a couple of times to kill it, making him think that he is a brutal killer. He exclaims how he “‘wept heartily over this poor little deceased soul,’” and that it was the “‘first sentient being that [he] had ever killed’” (Martel...

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