Life of Pi Essay

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Discuss the importance of believability in this novel.
In Yann Martel’s surreal novel, ‘Life of Pi’, views the measure of how an individual uses their intrinsic knowledge to face up to life’s riveting challenges. Martel portrays the protagonist, Pi Patel, as an individual who explores his own intrinsic identity through imagination, religion & faith as well as the fundamental difference between fact and fiction. Throughout the text, Martel, attempts to question the readers understanding of believability and how we construct reality through the unconventional structure shaped by Yann Martel. Evidently, discussing the importance of fulfilment in faith as well as the importance of truth in our everyday lives, through the eyes of Pi Patel.
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As well as making it clear to the readers’, that, ‘because the three have never come together’ in our ‘narrow, limited experience’ that there is no reason to believe that Richard Parker was aboard during Pi’s voyage at sea.
Throughout the erratic motions of the ocean’s currents, the Algae Island is the pinnacle moment of the novel of when Martel makes the attempt to blend realism and disbelief, as “there will be many who disbelieve the following episode”. Martel adds this anomalously bizarre element in the novel to challenge the readers’ thoughts and also the Japanese officials; Mr Chiba and Mr Okamoto. When Pi recounts his story to the Japanese officials, they begin to have doubts over the exact moment in which the readers are stretched to their beliefs about the inconceivable Algae Island and the “carnivorous trees” and how “they don’t exist.” Pi however states to the officials, that you want ‘a story that won’t surprise you.’ Stories that won’t make you see ‘higher or further or differently.’ At this vivacious point of the novel, Martel symbolises this moment as the “leap of