Life of Pi: A Movie Review
The movie “Life of Pi” is a story of survival. In order to survive, the protagonist, “Pi”, draws his inner strength from his spirituality and practicality. A scientist once said, [i]“A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with. A man is what he makes himself.” As Pi tried to survive in the ocean, he became a soldier in his own right. What Pi’s character portrayed is very similar to what a good soldier should be.
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At the beginning of the story, the pureness, innocence and compassion of Pi’s heart became the foundation of how his character and values were molded. Just like any soldier, very evident to Pi is his portrayal of the standards of loyalty, competence, ethics and morals.
Pi has a high standard of loyalty. Pi expressed in words and in deeds his strong support to his family especially to his father. He knew that his father as the head of the family has the authority to lead the family. Even though it is against his will to sail to the Pacific and leave India, he knew who has authority and who demands obedience. There is competence as Pi possesses the knowledge, skills, physical attributes and character traits that are necessary in order to survive. From childhood, his quest for information, logic and eagerness to know how things should be done harnessed his whole being through the years. Pi has ethics. He knew how to observe and conform to the accepted principles of right conduct being part of not just his family, but also his family as part of the whole community. His ethics governed his behavior towards the tiger even in a most undesirable situation of being cast away. He is honest, just, truthful and very much concerned about the things that surround him. What differs Pi, from the tiger named Richard Parker, is his being a rational being. It means Pi has morals because of his discernment from knowing what is right from wrong. His...
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