Life Of Pi Research Paper

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Life of Pi Essay Assessment A story of religion, faith, and survival, the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel is about an Indian boy from Pondicherry named Piscine Molitor Patel, or Pi Patel, who has to survive a journey across the Pacific Ocean with an adult Bengal tiger, Richard Parker, after the sinking of the Tsimtsum. Although Life of Pi by Yann Martel contains all the genres: tragedy, romance, and comedy, I believe the novel is mainly a tragedy. Life of Pi is a tragedy because Pi has encountered many tragic events and situations like the sinking of Tsimtsum in Pi’s first story, Pi’s 227 days journey through the Pacific Ocean with Richard Parker, and the horrific occurrences in the second story. One example of a tragedy in Life of Pi is the sinking of the Tsimtsum in part two: The Pacific Ocean. In…show more content…
“It was the cook’s idea. He was a brute. He dominated us. He whispered that the blackness would spread and that he would survive only if his leg were amputated.” In Pi’s second story he tells the officials, he was forced to help and witnessed the cook amputate the Taiwanese sailor’s broken leg. This proves the book is a tragedy because Pi had to witnessed a gruesome scene that would probably scar him for the rest of his life if the second story were actually happen. “He killed her. The cook killed my mother…. He hurled something my way. A line of blood struck me across the face. No whip could have inflicted a more painful lash. I held my mother’s head in my hands.” During this intense moment of the second story, Pi does nothing but watch the inhumane cook kill and behead his mother, giving Pi her head as one last, yet messed up, memory of her. This especially shows the tragedy of Life of Pi because Pi sees his own mother, be stabbed to death and then receiving her head as result of the murder. Like Pi said, “to lose your mother, well, that is like losing the sun above

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