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Use Of Literary Devices In Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi

710 words - 3 pages

Paulo Catopodis
Mrs. Cabrera
Grammar 8 p.2
11 February 2014
Research Paper
Stranded for 227 days at sea in a lifeboat, with no one else except an adult Bengal tiger. This is exactly what the main character Pi, in "The Life of Pi" went through. "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel is a story about a boy named Piscine Molitor Patel, an Indian boy who survives more than seven months floating on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean, with no one else but a 450-pound tiger (Cooper). Yann Martel was born on June 25, 1963, in Salamanca, Spain. His parents, Emile Martel and Nicole Perron, were both born in Canada. He spent his childhood in several different countries, including France, Mexico, the United States, Canada, and Costa Rica. As an adult, he lived in many other places but one of them was India, which may be where he got inspiration for writing “Life of Pi”. Yann Martel uses the literary elements similes and foreshadowing, to express the theme that believing in religion can give you the faith to want to survive.
Similies are a reacurring element in "Life of Pi". Similes are figures of speech comparing two unlike things, that are often introduced by like or as. Similies are very important in "Life of Pi" because they compare two very different things, and keep the reader reading. For example a quotation from page 135 that talks about how Richard Parkers claws are so sharp that they could easily rip through the canvas taurpaulin. "each of his claws as sharp as a knife. And he could pop through it like a jack in the box." Pi is saying that Richard Parker's claws are so sharp that he could easily rip through the tarpaulin. Pi is comparing Richard Parker popping out through the taurpaulin, to how a jack in a box pops out of a box. Another example is on page 201 where Pi talks about how the lifeboat grips onto the water. "it held on to the surface of the water like fingers gripping the edge of a cliff." This quotation is about Pi's...

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