“The Life of Pi” is a highly esteemed novel that has reached out to touch the hearts of millions, but some question its literary integrity. If one questions whether this great novel is literature or not, one must first question if they truly grasp the concept of literature. In each novel that we consider “literature”, we find what are known as literary elements. Some examples of these are symbolism, foreshadowing, and themes. These are elements that can be found in “The Life of Pi”. In chapter 90, Pi is struck with blindness and is extremely relieved when he finds another castaway in the ocean, but Pi’s relief turns to terror when the castaway tries to kill and eat him. Pi’s only salvation is when Richard Parker (a Bengal tiger who is Pi’s companion on the raft) attacks the castaway. In a later part of the book, Pi and Richard Parker find land after days at sea. During their exploration of the island Pi finds fruit…but there is something stranger about it. The fruit seems to have human teeth in it. Pi comes to the conclusion that the island is eating people and the two flee back into the ocean. These two passages from the novel are examples of symbolism. They both explain how what we originally find comfort in can be hazardous, and that which we fear can be our salvation. Pi is relieved to find the castaway, but he is then attacked. Richard Parker (whom originally terrified Pi) is the only one who was able to save Pi’s life. The same idea applies to the island. Pi is ecstatic when he finds land because to him land means safety. Pi later learns that the island is dangerous and his only rescue is the ocean which frightens him. One of the novel’s main themes is the struggle to live and what we as well as many species will do to survive. One example of this is Pi himself, who eats meat for the first time to survive. To most this would not seem like a particularly extreme sacrifice, except for the fact that Pi is a devout vegetarian. This act breaks his very morals as a person. An even bigger sacrifice that is present in this book is the act of Pi eating the excrement of Richard Parker in an attempt to simply provide a small amount of sustenance for his deteriorating body. This gruesome action shows how far mankind will go in order to live. Another theme of this novel is the taming of our fears. Richard Parker is a main key in the development of the entire story, and yet, he is a symbol of that which man is afraid of. There is a scene where Pi catches a masked booby. As it is expected from a starving tiger, Richard Parker tries to get the dead bird. Pi and Richard have an intense stair down which leads to Richard standing down, thus proving Pi the alpha male and master. At the beginning of the shipwreck, Pi was so terrified of the tiger that he risked getting eaten by sharks, but now, he is able to look the beast dead in the eye and take charge. He has conquered his
The Pie Essay
In the chapter “The Pie” from A Summer Life, by Gary Soto, a little boy steals a pie from a German Market. Gary wonders during his decisions, if God if guiding him through his choices. During this chapter Gary recreates his six-year-old guilty self by repetition of sins, religious diction, and light to dark imagery.
The most notable device used in “The Pie” is the repetition of sins. Gary feels as if he is the perfect child in his eyes, and demonstrates this…
Life of Pi
Short Essay Questions
By Marcus Mooney
In the book, The Life of Pi the five sections in the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs; Physiological; Safety; Love/ Belonging; Esteem; and Self-actualization are demonstrated.
Once Pi is on the lifeboat, his main focus is food and water, as he needs both of these to survive. He is in the physiological stage. He has to ignore his morals because according to the hierarchy, a person cannot focus on a higher level before the one before…
Timballo di Capellini, Seven-Layer Pasta Pie. My dad finishes wiping remnants and juices from our oak cutting board before strolling over to address the problem. (Clean as you cook, he always preaches, so the delay does not strike me as a move of exasperation after a long day in the kitchen.) His hands join mine in a sticky blanket of buttered angel-hair pasta and tomato béchamel sauce, massaging and coaxing the last bit of pasta to congregate with the rest of the pie, which will be sheathed in parmesan…
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‘Storytelling’ by Pie Corbett
Storytelling and story-making
The idea of story-making was initially developed with my colleague, Mary Rose, through a
teacher research project based at the International Learning and Research Centre in South
Gloucestershire, funded by what was known as the DFES Innovations unit. We explored the use
of storytelling as a tool for helping children build up a bank of narrative patterns that they could
then call upon when…
anaging pelvic floor dysfunction: It’s like a big apple pie! 22 July, 2014
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When you think about a pelvic floor physiotherapist, the first thing most people think of is that WH physios teach pelvic floor exercises and quite often, even amongst a few doctors, that’s ALL we teach patients. But as you have read from many of my blogs, the treatment strategies involved for stress urinary incontinence, the overactive bladder, vaginal or rectal…
“What type of pie would you like?” said Neil to his newly wedded wife Zoe.
“I’ll have a rhubarb darling” replied Zoe, then she carefully put the money in the vending machine and her desired choice of pie wold be freshly baked in seconds.
The two of them would sit in the middle of the town centre where there would be sofas in front of the local Debenhams. But this time they had to eat standing up as there was too many people around and all the seats were taken the shops were crowded…
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One auto comprises of around 30000 sections. Keeping in mind the end goal to ensure a client autos life slack of once team can't be disregard either. Toyota conceives that supporting. It is the heart which considers high specialized capacities and clients. It is 3 sole of Toyota.
Careful specialized capacities and kind client gathering and its two…
SIMPLY LIFE (Restaurant Review)
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The chic European style of the décor of Simply Life brings exceptional sophistication and relaxation to the restaurants interior. The tranquil environment coupled with comfortable furniture creates a romantic dining experience in Europe. And because some parts of…
to compare this to a baking a pie. In order to make an apple pie dough needs to be made, apples need to be peeled and sliced, filling needs to be mixed, and it all needs to be put in the oven to cook. After the pie is finished cooking it is cut and served. The process of the pie being prepared is evolution. We see the time it takes for the pie to be created. God is represented by people who are served the pie. To God the pie was instantaneous, but in reality the pie went through a process to become…
18 Nov. 2010
The Day the World Stood Still
On November 22 of 1963, Betty was making her very first Lemon Meringue Pie at the ripe old age of twenty- three. She had just put her first born down for an afternoon nap and was determined to have a pie made for supper that evening. That wasn't to be, Walter Conkrite came over the air at about 12:30p.m. and said President Kennedy has been shot! She remembers that time felt like it stood still. When it finally registered all she could say was "Oh my…