Life of Pi
Important Quotations Explained
1. I know
zoos are no longer in people’s good graces. Religion faces the same
problem. Certain illusions about freedom plague them both.
2. I can
well imagine an atheist’s last words: “White, white! L-L-Love! My
God!”—and the deathbed leap of faith. Whereas the agnostic, if he
stays true to his reasonable self, if he stays beholden to dry,
yeastless factuality, might try to explain the warm light bathing
him by saying, “Possibly a f-f-failing oxygenation of the b-b-brain,”
and, to the very end, lack imagination and miss the better story.
Richard Parker, I wouldn’t be alive today to tell you my story.
4. Life on
a lifeboat isn’t much of a life. It is like an end game in chess,
a game with few pieces. The elements couldn’t be more simple, nor
the stakes higher.
5. The lower
you are, the higher your mind will want to soar.
by davidtoc, December 30, 2012
Pi's lifeboat = faith
Island = Religion
Sea and Sun = harsh realities of real life, scrutinizing your faith
Trees = clergy/priests/rabbis/imams, etc.
Meerkats = followers of religion
The overall message of the chapter is that although religion (organized faith) can aid us and stabilize us and nourish us spiritually in the short term, it is not a viable long-term answer to our spiritual questions, and will ultimately kill us mentally and spiritually.
Pi discovers the island when "
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by abuyi, March 15, 2013
They are two versions of the story. The one with animals which reprsents the humans and the one with out animals, in both versions pi narates his experience symbolising his journey and the events that took place with in. In the version of animal; Pi reprsent himself as the bengal tiger as the animal and his humanity as himself trying to tame the animal. In human version, there are only 4 survivors on the boat but with the animals there were 5. The whole journey in each version are parallel to each other .
The island symbolizes Pi' mot... Read more→
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