Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

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A human has a strong desire to survive and ready to transgress his inner borders and break his principles to save his life. There are three aspects of survival: psychological, emotional and physical survival. They are all related to each other and in order to sustain one has to go through all three stages. A person has to struggle with themselves: they have to breakdown their internal principles such as high morality and deep religious commitment in order to come through Psychological, Emotional and Physical survival. The most significant level is psychological because it is very important to a person’s emotional and physical survival. In order for someone to survive, he or she must have a positive mind with faith and determination in every action they take, Despite the fact that having high hopes with slim chances of survival is not as easy as it seems. “In its general form such a requirement insists that important relations (survival, identity, psychological connectedness)”. (Brennan 225). Trying to survive, Pi has to struggle with himself mentally: he has to go against his ethics like rectitude and religion pledge. To do that easily Pi finds his animalistic part which he called in his story as Richard Parker. May be because of his religious grounds he would have never done things like killing people eating fish or cannibalizing humans as done with just imagining himself as a Bengal tiger and he admits that “If I still had the will to live, it was thanks to Richard Parker. He kept me from thinking too much about my family and my tragic circumstances. He pushed me to go on living. I hated him for it, yet at the same time I was grateful.” (Martel, 219) This quote shows that he used this imagination to kill his loneliness boredom... ... middle of paper ... ...h shows the human steadiness, belief, and will to survive. Such difficult physical, psychological, and emotional trial requires a character to sustain. Only the people with strongest will can survive; however, he or she should be ready to do things which seem to be impossible, disgusting and inacceptable for this purpose. Works Cited Andrew A. Brennan Analysis , Vol. 47, No. 4 (Oct., 1987), pp. 225-230 published by: Oxford University Press on behalf of The Analysis CommitteeArticle Stable URL;http://www.jstor.org.ezproxy.taylors.edu.my/stable/3328797 Della Quercia Acopo, Rivera Ricardo. (April 20, 2013). The Marathon Runner Who Got Lost in the Sahara. Retrieved from; http://www.cracked.com/article_20367_5-insane-true stories-that-prove-humans-can-survive-anything.html Martel, Yann. Life of Pi. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, 2012. Print.

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