While I was reading the Life of Pi, I ran into a quote that caught my attention, and I feel as if it sums up the emotion behind the struggle Pi encountered. While he was on the boat, Pi states,
"My face set to a grim and determined expression. I speak in all modesty as I say this, but I discovered at that moment that I have a fierce will to live. It's not something evident, in my experience. Some of us give up on life with only a resigned sigh. Others fight a little, then lose hope. Still others--and I am one of those--never give up. We fight and fight and fight. We fight no matter the cost of battle, the losses we take the improbability of success. We fight to the very end. It's not a question of courage. It's something constitutional, an inability to let go."
I feel that this quote is inspirational and relates to Pi's personality. Despite the fact that he faced many struggles throughout the novel (majorly part 2), he managed to remain optimistic and determined to find a way to escape. In most cases, a person would have just given up under the circumstances he fell under, but Pi had faith in getting off the ship and finding land. He never gave up despite the fact that he knew that he'd never see his family again, and he had to survive for 227 days with a ferocious tiger, and little food. The odds against his survival were prominently against his favor, but that didn't stop him. He had to overcome his fear of killing animals in his struggle for survival. Pi went from hesitating to kill a fish, to becoming comparable to a professional fisherman. Although there were many thoughts going through his head to just jump off the boat and put an end to everything, his perseverance overcame his doubt and he did anything possible to survive.
Personally I can see myself saying what Pi stated. I'm a determined individual, and if I really want something, I will go to great lengths to get what I want. Unlike Pi, I wouldn't go to the... [continues]
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