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Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi As Bildungsroman

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Growing up, I always viewed Bar and Bat Mitzvahs as intriguing events. My goal was to attend one and obtain the full experience. I was fascinated by the importance of this “coming of age” ritual in the Jewish communities. As I got older, more aspects of growing up were intertwined with my everyday life. This is can be seen in Bildungsroman, a book dedicated to the main character maturing. The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel is the story of Piscine Patel coming of age while being stranded in the Pacific Ocean for 227 days. Realizing that he must provide himself with the necessities of life and constantly living with a 450 pound, 9 feet long Bengal tiger, Richard Parker, change Pi out of his ...view middle of the document...

This helps him to comprehend the fact that himself, and only himself, controls whether he lives or dies. By accepting responsibility on the boat, Pi begins the process of maturing and growing up.
Although Richard Parker is a tiger, he greatly influenced Pi’s coming of age while stranded in multiple ways. Due to stress and apprehension from Richard, Pi sleeps very little during the nights (Martel 198). Although, this seems horrid at first, it essentially keeps Pi always aware for what could happen. Meanwhile, it also teaches him to expect the unexpected and the worst things that could possibly happen. This proves vital for the two companions’ safety and even life while out at sea. When Pi becomes temporarily blind, and a cannibalistic Frenchman tries to eat him, “he ripped the flesh off the man’s frame and cracked his bones” (255). Without Richard killing the man, Pi would have died. Since he however, was saved, it implanted the thought that all things are not good in the world. Pi was deceived by his naivety and has Richard to thank for his eye-opening experience. When finally arriving in Mexico, Pi sees the tiger...

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