The Power Of Imagination In Life Of Pi, By Yann Martel

1007 words - 4 pages

Hobi Lew
English 9 Green
9/20/13
Survival of Imagination

The power of Imagination can give humans the will power to accomplish anything. In the book Life of Pi by Yann Martell Imagination helped Pi the main character get through his long journey aboard a lifeboat. Over the course of this story Pi encounters many different situations where he needs to use his imagination. Towards the end of the book you as the reader have the option to believe the story you just read or a second story, a more vulgar and less interesting story. As the reader you have to use your imagination just like how Pi needed to use his imagination. Imagination allowed Pi to survive by keeping him sane, protecting him and lastly to acquire the traits of telling a beautiful story.
Imagination played a large role behind the scenes in the book Life of Pi. “This was the terrible cost of Richard Parker” As the reader, this passage makes you think that Richard Parker was a burden for Pi, that there was nothing positive that came from this tremendous creature. Richard Parker was more than just an idea that Pi thought up, Richard Parker was Pi’s Conscience/himself. The first line of this passage represents imagination, since Richard Parker is Pi’s imagination it would translate to this was the terrible cost of my imagination. When Pi witnesses Richard Parker attack the cannibal he says “Something in me died then that has never come back to life” This has a more spiritual meaning than a literal meaning in the way Pi says it. This means that when he “imagines” this man being killed this shows how cruel life can be even when he looks to god for answers. The reason that Richard Parker is Pi’s imagination is because during the course of this book Richard Parker mimicked exactly what Pi did. For example the moment that they both found each other on the lifeboat, Richard Parker was mad and didn’t know what to do. This is correlates to Pi mad at his family for selling the zoo, and very confused of what is happening because he was thrown onto the lifeboat then the next thing find himself on a boat with 3 different animals. Next example of how Pi’s imagination is represented through Richard Parker is when Pi looked to god it calmed his mind and made him less hostile, while at the same time Richard Parker was trained and no longer a threat to Pi.
Richard Parker is an important part of Pi’s life, he was part of Pi’s most vivid, extensive, and near death experience. Yann Martel writes this novel in a way that as the reader you can interpret many of the characters in different ways. Richard Parker could have been seen as Pi’s imagination and as a Parent like figure. Literary Terms allow the reader to change his or her views on a whole book within a couple of lines. These few amounts of literary terms can also change the meaning of a passage. “I was truly along,...

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