November 19th, 2012
When life throws obstacles in one’s direction, one must grow and adapt to survive. Pi Patel and Chuck Nolan provide good examples of growing and adapting in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi and the movie Castaway produced by Robert Zemeck. It is shown through these characters by, chuck and pi learning how to find a new source of food, having to create an imaginary figure to stay sane, and both found a will to survive. * Chuck Nolan and Pi Patel both find themselves stranded on an island without a steady source of food, it is for this reason that they both must learn to hunt for their own food.
* When Pi Patel is telling the real story of what happened at sea, he tells the Mr. Okamoto and Mr. Chiba,
“His heart was a struggle-all those tubes that connected it. I managed to get it out. It tasted delicious, far better than turtle. I ate his liver. I cut off great pieces of his flesh.” (345)
* In this quote we learn that Pi converts from a vegetarian to a carnivore after he eats turtle, and then also to cannibalism after eating the cook.
* This relates to the topic to growth and adapting because Pi is forced to go against what he has been taught and has to convert from being a full vegetarian to eating a turtle and human organs to keep himself alive.
* When Chuck Nolan realizes that he no longer has a continuous source of food he learns he is going to have to hunt.
Around the middle of the film we are shown a scene where Chuck attempt to throw a stick at a fish in the water but misses, after time we see that when chuck throws the stick he connects with the fish, after much practice he gains hunting skills.
* This links back to adapting and growth because early on we see that chuck has no hunting skills and he seemed to be hopeless, but after much
practice he learns to develop these skills in order to survive.
* Although Chuck and Pi adapt well in this situation, they...
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