Life of Pi

The one with the tiger, thats the better story!

What makes Storytelling so real?

The book "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel takes us on an unexpected journey as an Indian teenage boy is left helpless at sea with only a boat and yes, a Bengal tiger. Its a book that heavily relies on themes such as Survival, Religion and Faith, and of course Storytelling.

Storytelling enables the reader to create a whole new world where things that seem impossible in real life become possible. Throughout Pi's life he has followed a number of religions and this is one of the reasons why he survives in the end as he never stopped believing in life after. “Solitude began. I turned to God. I survived.”

Yann Martel gives the reader two stories to choose from at the end of the book, one where he is stranded on a boat with wild animals and one with humans. He doesn't reveal which story is true, he wants the reader to decide. I think he's able to persuade most readers to choose the animal story as he knows the people want something that seems impossible to be real, something different in life. The reader wants to believe in the impossible, something they haven't experienced before.

"Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What is your problem with hard to believe?"

Pi's asking the journalists to take a leap of faith in what he's trying to say. He wants them to believe his story with the animals as everything in life is hard to believe. I think Pi decides to tell the story with the animals because its something that he's used to. The fact that he grew up in a zoo shows us that animals are his comfort zone, its what he connects to best.

Pi's story is a lesson for all of us.

If any of the readers were to be in Pi’s situation or a very similar one it shows us that there's always hope and if you keep faith that anythings possible. The fact that Pi survived for 227 days out at sea with no one other than a tiger with him shows us that anything can be accomplished. I believe Storytelling helps us make meaning of our lives.

Key Themes and Quotes

“I have a story that will make you believe in God.”

“Yes. The story with animals is the better story.”

"You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it."

Chris Wallace