My Understanding of the Concept of Reinvention

Topics: Khaled Hosseini, Exclusive Books Boeke Prize, Yann Martel Pages: 4 (1496 words) Published: May 1, 2008
“How has your understanding of Reinventions been shaped by your study of the set text, ONE text from the Stimulus Booklet and at least ONE text of your own choosing?”

My understanding of the concept of reinvention before starting any project on it was quite limited. This was based on the fact that prior to studying any text, I had never really needed to consider what it was and its implications. One of the main concepts of reinvention is that reinvention is a reaction to a change in circumstance. The set text, “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel and the stimulus booklet’s text, “Madonna’s Reinventions” explore this concept. The novel, “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini, also expresses this notion of reinvention. The study of these three texts has helped shape and broadens understanding of the concept of Reinvention and its affects on the day to day lives of everyone.

Pi reinvents his eating habits as a reaction to his circumstances where he must eat fish and other sea life to survive. He increasingly becomes blood thirsty as his dire situation and insatiable hunger lead him to kill and eat all parts of fish and turtles, “…To think that when I was a child I always shuddered when I snapped a banana because it sounded to me like the breaking of an animals neck. I descended to a level of savagery I never imagined possible (pg 197)…I took a sip [of blood]…I drank the blood till the last drop. (pg 202)” The use of simile allows the reader to see how much Pi reinvents himself in order to adapt to his situation by showing his previous perception of sounds and relating them to animals. The references to Pi’s reactions, and the comparison to the breaking of animals’ necks, conveys to the reader the degree to which an individual can change in the reinvention of himself in reacting, and adapting to circumstances. Similarly, “Madonna’s Reinventions” lets the viewer gain insights as to how changes in circumstances and society’s expectations have led her to reinvent herself...
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