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The Power of Faith What power does Faith have? People who believe in a religion see faith as a powerful tool that can be used to solve life problems. In the novel Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, the protagonist Piscine M. Patel, or Pi, is a member of multiple belief systems. He has a strong faith in God, which helps him in the most troubling of times. Pi sees faith as very important and is possibly a key reason he was able to survive his ordeal. The importance of faith to Pi is clearly shown in the...

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Life of Pi Talk Show

in Costa Rica or was it France? Was it Mexico? It seems like you have been all over the world like Mr. Patel. Yann Martel: Actually I was born in Spain and spent my childhood in Costa Rica, France, and Mexico and eventually ended up living in Canada. Where do you currently live? host: um, I'm supposed to ask the questions, remember? Yann Martel: Yea, sure. host: In your author's note you wrote that you found your protagonist all the way in Pondicherry, India? Yann Martel: This book...

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Life of Pi Essay

Trevor Smith Ms. Favro ENG4U-01 April 13th, 2013 Life of Pi: Quest or Enlightenment Over the course of this unit, I have read the so called “life changing” novel “The Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. This work of art happens to be a national best seller and has collected many literature awards. Piscine Molitor Patel, the young Indian protagonist is faced with a traumatic set of events which developed into a marvelous story of a castaway’s voyage, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. This essay will...

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Life of Pi Analysis with How to Read Literature Like a Professor

Life of Pi Analysis With How to Read Literature Like a Professor 1. Chapter 12: Is That a Symbol? A. Example one In the early stages of Life of Pi, Martel mentions a place that Pi and Ravi had gone to visit while on vacation. While looking aimlessly through the window, they noticed three hills. On top of one hill was a catholic church, another a Hindu temple, and the other a Muslim mosque. Each hill portrays each of the religions in Pi’s complex faith. The hills represent Pi’s struggles...

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The Tiger on the Raft

in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The novel was rejected by at least five London publishing houses[1] before being accepted by Knopf Canada, which published it in September 2001. The UK edition won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction the following year.[2][3][4] It was also chosen for CBC Radio's Canada Reads 2003, where it was championed by author Nancy Lee.[5] The French translation, L'histoire de Pi, was chosen in the French version of the contest, Le combat des livres...

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Yann Martel

months in India visiting mosques, churches, temples and zoos, and spent two years reading religious texts and castaway stories. He now lives in Saskatoon, Canada. In 2001, he published the novel Life of Pi, his fourth book, which was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2002[4]. Life of Pi was later chosen for the 2003 edition of CBC Radio's Canada Reads competition, where it was championed by author Nancy Lee. In addition, its French translation, Histoire de Pi, was included in the French version of the...

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Life of Pi

  Pi (short for Piscine Molitor Patel) is a young Indian boy growing up in South India in the 1970's. His father owns a zoo and, with increasing political unrest in India, decides to sell up and emigrate to Canada. In true Noah's ark fashion, they accompany the wild animals on board the ship on their journey to the new zoos in North America. The ship sinks and Pi finds himself the only human survivor onboard a life raft that contains, rather remarkably, a zebra, a large motherly orangutan...

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Life of Pi

as little as twenty six feet separating the two, Pi's life seems to be nothing more than a fading ember whose end only time can elicit. With what could be classified strictly as a series of incredibly unfortunate events, the Indian boy's journey to Canada is transformed into a horrific tragedy, as the ship he is sailing on sinks into the depths of the pacific ocean. With little chance of survival, Pi's faith in God along with his will to survive are put to the ultimate tests. Presumably, Yann Martel's...

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Education/Success Is Their Any Corelation

tested as an adolescent when his father is forced to give up the family zoo, where Pi realises he's been as much a captive as the animals themselves. A Japanese freighter becomes a temporary ark on which the Patel family take the animals to be sold in Canada. But it's struck by a storm as dramatic as anything ever put on the screen, and Pi becomes a combination of Noah, Crusoe, Prospero and Job. Alone above the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the Pacific, he's an orphan captaining a lifeboat with...

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Life of Pi and Castaway Comparative Essay

journey to civilization. Ultimately, it is said that humanity only needs water, food, and shelter to survive. But in order to live with meaning, a belief in something is also needed. Work Cited: Martel, Yann. Life of Pi. n.a: Random House of Canada, 2001. Print. Zemeckis, Robert, dir. Cast Away. By William Broyles. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, 2000. DVD. ...

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