We all thought it was mostly wonderful, and certainly one of the most visually stunning films any of us had ever seen. The title character, Pi Patel, is a native of India who tells the story in flashback to a journalist in Canada, where he lives in the present day.
In the past, I have only written three posts on movies. You can read that post here: The second time, my post went viral. The movie closely follows the book—a young Indian boy and his family travel across the Pacific on a giant shipping vessel, when unexpectedly the ship sinks in a horrific storm, killing nearly everyone onboard.
The only survivors are Pi, a tiger, a hyena, a zebra, and an orangutan. Much like the book, the ending is left open for interpretation. Pi eventually drifts to the shores of Mexico where he is taken to a Mexican hospital.
During his recovery, two Japanese officials interview Pi so they can complete their report on the sinking vessel.
Pi tells his story—he is stranded on a small lifeboat with the aforementioned animals and remains adrift for days. On the first day, the hyena kills the already wounded zebra and the sweet orangutan. Then the tiger, named Richard Parker, kills the hyena.
And then there were two… Pi proceeds to tell the Japanese men this improbable story of him and the tiger, and how they stumbled upon a mysterious island. The Japanese men are reluctant to write the story they have been told because it is too unbelievable.
Instead of the hyena killing the zebra and sweet orangutan, it was the cook. Then instead of the tiger killing the hyena, it is Pi who kills the cook out of revenge or self-preservation. The orangutan represents his mother, the zebra represents some wounded Japanese sailor, the tiger is Pi, and all the other fantastical elements of the story were stripped away leaving a much more disturbing, but believable depiction.
After describing both stories to the men, he asks them which version of the story they prefer. In the movie, when the now grown-up Pi describes the human story, there is a great deal of anguish on his face.
This may lead people to believe that the human story is the real story; however, this look is not present in the book.
This leads me to believe that the animal story is the real story. After all, what reason does Pi have to make that up, especially when he is willing to tell both versions?
So although the human story makes a lot of sense, it was not intended to be a twist ending. The author leaves the question unanswered for the audience to draw their own conclusion, almost as if we are the Japanese men.
Whatever story you prefer, is intended to gauge your belief in God. Either you believe in things that can be explained rationally, or you allow room for such things as miracles and God.
At the onset, Pi claims that his story will make a person believe in God. By the end, he has turned the skeptic into a believer. This is represented by the skeptical Japanese officials who state in their closing report that Pi survived days at sea with a tiger.
At first, I thought this was a way to pad the story. As a writer, I can imagine how difficult it would be to write a full-length novel about a boy on a boat with a tiger for days. But upon seeing the movie, I gained a different perspective of that proceeding narrative.
Like his story, some may prefer to live an empirical life, or some may prefer a more theoretical life.Life of Pi is the story of a boy, a shipwreck and survival adventure that begins on a life raft with a hungry tiger.
Full of poetic symbolism, imagination, stunning scenery, and amazing acting, you’ll probably want to watch this movie a couple of times to grasp it all. The Life of Pi quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Algae Island.
For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is . Life of Pi is a fascinating and original story of survival and identity. Martel creates a wonderfully realized, clever character in Pi, and a unique world of home, zoo, school, and various houses of various gods.
Choosing The Better Story: The Two Stories From The Life Of Pi. The Life of Pi not only reveals the power of time and one’s imagination as coping mechanisms, but it .
Apr 22, · An allusion is a reference to some idea, event, or person that is known throughout the dominant culture. There are many allusions in Life of Pi that the author uses to help the reader have a better understanding by comparing it to something else..
At the end of chapter 6, page 27, Yann Martel uses an allusion. It would be an exaggeration, says Suraj Sharma with a laugh, to describe what he did in the adaptation of Life of Pi as "acting", despite the admiration he is swiftly accumulating for his role as.