Life of Pi Final Essay Life of Pi is the kind of story that really makes you think. There were so many different aspects of the book that I didn’t understand when we started reading that make sense now. One of those features is Pi’s story. During the time when we read that section of the book I didn’t even think about the truth behind it, I just read. Now that we have finished the book and we got to hear both of Pi’s stories, I’m not sure which I believe, but if I had to choose I would say the one with the animals is real. After saying that I do think that Pi is a reliable narrator.
I think the first story he tells is nothing but the real truth. In the authors note, in the beginning of the book, the person talking to Yann Martel says, “I have a story that will make you believe in God. ” (page x) I think that this “tall order” as Yann Martel says, was filled. The second story is what the two Japanese men want to hear. It is dry, yeastless factuality, as Pi says. Pi also says this in the beginning of the book, “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. ” (page 64) This quote says that religion is tied with imagination. The Japanese men couldn’t believe Pi’s tale because first, it is pretty hard to imagine living like he did for so long and second, I think the Japanese men weren’t willing to take the leap of faith to believe Pi’s story with the animals.
They didn’t believe in Pi’s story which to Pi is like not believing in God, so when Pi’s tells the second horrific story without the animals they decide to take that leap of faith. Then when Pi asks them which is the better story, they both say the one with the animals which is why Pi then says, “And so it goes with God. ” meaning that the two men decided to take the leap of faith. In the end believing in Pi’s story is your choice. I think in reality Pi survived and the rest of his family died.
I believe that Pi survived on a lifeboat with the companionship of Richard Parker and that his mother, father and brother Ravi, died with the sinking of the Tsimtsum. I don’t think that Pi made up the animals to cover for the tragedy that he was facing. I don’t believe that his mother truly died at the hand of a crazy cook or that the same cook died at the hand of Pi. (page 309-310) I don’t think that Pi killed any person. I do believe that Pi survived in the middle of the Pacific with an orangutan, a hyena, a zebra and an adult male Bengal tiger.
If Life of Pi was not labeled fiction and was classified under another genre, I would not believe his story. The horror of both stories is to much to believe. Even though Pi is a few years older than me, if all of my family died and I was left on a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean I would not know what to do with myself. I would be so depressed that I think I would probably just parish. That would be the worst thing ever. I feel sick just thinking about it. That is one of the reasons why Pi’s story is unbelievable and another is the carnivorous island.
I think that if there were an island that ate you, scientists would probably now about and even if it were real, after this book was published we would have heard about a carnivorous island somewhere. In conclusion, Life of Pi had so much more depth to it than I could have ever imagined. This was a very good book and I enjoyed it and learning the meaning and hidden themes of it. When we started reading, I assumed it was just going to be a book about a boy on a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean, but I now know that it is so much more than that. It is truly an unforgettable story.