Life of Pi - Questions for Consideration: Chapters 37-49
1. Give three examples in 37-39 of how the ship is personified? What is the effect of this personification? a) The ship sank. It made a sound like a monstrous metallic burp. The effect of this personification is to show how large the ship was and helps to describe the scene of a massive object sinking. b) All around me was the vomit of a dyspeptic ship. The personification here shows that when the ship sank many of the contents where thrown out into the raging sea and Pi describes the floating debri. c) Inside the ship, there were noises. Deep structural groans. This effect is that the ship is breaking and sinking and the noise can be heard of the destruction. 2. What is the instinct that prompts Pi to encourage Richard Parker to swim to safety? What is the instinct that suddenly changes his mind and tries to push Richard parker away from the lifeboat? Are they different?
His instinct to save any survivors encouraged Richard Parker to swim to safety. His love for animals took control and prompted him to aid Richard Parker. At the same time his instinct for survival of his life changed his mind on saving Richard Parker because he know that the lion would on bring trouble.
3. Consider the following quote on page 112, “Normally I’m a sound sleeper. Normally I would have gone back to sleep. I don’t know why I got up that night. It was more of the sort of thing Ravi would do.” What is the significance behind this seemingly unimportant quote? Does it related to anything we learned about Pi in part one? It might relate to how Pi is constantly changing and using his brother as a role model 4. On page 118, Pi claims “But I don’t recall having a single thought during those first minutes of relative safety. I didn’t even notice daybreak. I held onto the oar, I just held on, God knows why.” What does this statement reveal about Pi? This statement reveals that underlying strength and...
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