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Symbolism And Survival In Life Of Pi, Yann Martel

1231 words - 5 pages

Imagine being stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in a lifeboat, not alone but with some carnivorous animals, as company. The chances of survival do not seem so high, but when one has the will to survive, they can do anything to attain it. Pi Patel and his family are on their way to Canada from Pondicherry, India, when their cargo ship the Tsimtsum sinks. Pi is not the only survivor of the ship, along with him is a hyena, an injured zebra, an orangutan and a 450-pound orange Bengal tiger. Pi travels across the Pacific Ocean in only a lifeboat, with food dwindling quickly, he needs to find land and most of all survive the voyage. In Life of Pi; Yann Martel develops the idea that having the will to survive is a crucial key to survival; this is demonstrated through symbolism of the colour orange, having religion on the protagonist’s side and the thirst and hunger experienced by the protagonist. The colour orange can symbolize many things such as happiness, success, determination but in Life of Pi, it represents the survival. Pi has to suffer through many things such as living in the ocean, finding food, making sure he is protected from the sun, and most of all living with a Bengal tiger, all of this to make it through until he finds land. Firstly, there are many things inside the boat that are orange that represent survival: “It seems orange- such a nice Hindu colour- is the colour of survival because the whole inside of the boat and the tarpaulin and the life jackets and the lifebuoy and the oars and most every other significant object aboard was orange. Even the plastic, beadless whistles were orange” (Martel 153). All of these orange objects are which things Pi needs in order to survive. Another orange thing in the boat is Richard Parker, the 400-pound Bengal tiger: “Richard Parker, companion of my torment, awful, fierce thing that kept me alive, moved forward and disappeared forever from my life” (316). Pi trains Richard Parker, so that Pi would be the dominant one on the boat. Richard Parker kept Pi alive by keeping him busy: “I kept myself busy. That is one key to my survival” (210). Pi would have look for food for himself and for Richard Parker. He would need to make sure that both of them were healthy and had everything they needed. Lastly, when the boat was sinking Pi saves Richard Parker by holding an oar out towards him: “In a few seconds you’ll be aboard and we’ll be together. Wait a second. Together? We’ll be together? Have I gone mad” (109)? This shows irony, in the beginning Pi thinks to himself on why he is saving a tiger when the tiger will end up killing him. When in the end, the only reason Pi survives, is because of Richard Parker. In conclusion, everything that was orange in the boat saves Pi in one way or another. Being stranded in the ocean does not stop Pi from believing in god and keeping his faiths close to him, even when the going gets tough. Firstly, believing in his faiths keeps him alive by praying...

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