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Analytical comparison of The Life of Pi by: Yann Martel and The Tiger by: William Blake

9/24/12

While the book The Life of Pi By Yann Martel and the poem The Tiger by William Blake share many similarities in their symbolism, and meaning of the story told, their differences are significant enough to create discussion about them.

The book Life of Pi by “Yann Martel” is a story about a boy named Pi Patel that lived in a city called Pondicherry, India. In the beginning of the book Pi finds himself confused about his religious practices; he was originally Hindu, but he then joins Christianity and Islam. When his family decides to sell their zoo and move to Canada he is distraught and seeks help from his religious mentors.

The poem The Tiger By William Blake is about one of nature’s most ferocious creatures, the tiger. The speaker wonders about who created the tiger, and how the tiger was created. “Did He who made the lamb make thee?” this it made the poem clear to me, that he was wondering about God and what divine power could have made such a thing as beautiful as the tiger.

In the book the Life Of Pi the main character, Pi, is fixated with religion and finding his purpose in life. He is so devoted to finding religious direction that he goes against his fathers’ wishes and joins both Christianity and Islam, aside from his original religion, Hinduism. Throughout the book, the only way he is able to keep a positive outlook is by keeping his religious connections with all three religions he is apart of.

The tiger, Richard Parker, can either represent a symbol of divinity, that Pi thanked every day for being allowed to live, but if you choose to believe the story about the people in the boat, Richard Parker was a symbol that Pi used to represent himself during his trip in the lifeboat, as his way of dealing with the terrible occurrences on the lifeboat. In the book Pi looks up to his brother Ravi for inspiration, even though his brother is hard...
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