Life of Pi Book vs. Movie Persuasive Essay
Based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Yann Martel, Life of Pi follows the remarkable story of a young man named Piscine “Pi” Molitor Patel who finds himself lost at sea after his family’s cargo ship sinks in a storm. But Pi is not alone on this journey and he must survive in a congested life boat with four animals from his family’s zoo, a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra, and worst of all, an adult Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. In breathtaking 3D and containing spectacular visuals, director Ang Lee brings the story to life on the big screen. Although Lee does his best to stay true to the story, there are clear differences between the film and the novel. These differences consists of character development, and condensation/ elimination of key moments in the novel. The differences that are poorly portrayed in the movie comes to show that the book is worth reading rather than watching the movie.
There are many instances when the movie misrepresents Pi’s character. This is clearly displayed through the moment when he is feeding the tiger. In the book, Pi’s father, spontaneous, brings Pi and his brother, Ravi, to the tiger cage to “teach them a lesson” about anthropomorphizing the zoo animals. He has starved Mahisha, a 550 lb. Bengal tiger, for three days, before, in front of the children, he has a keeper drop a goat into the cage. The tiger chases the goat around and, of course, rips it apart. Pi’s father then walks his sons around the zoo and explains how each of the animals could kill them if they’re not careful. In the movie Pi’s brother pests him out for trying to feed Richard Parker, the new tiger, a hunk of raw meat out of his bare hand. His father makes him watch Richard Parker pull a goat through the bars and eat it. Pi’s father then scolds Pi about looking into animals’ eyes and seeing yourself reflected there. There is a huge level of change with the development and characteristics of Pi from...
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