Amidst a Torturous Blue
Essay #1 – Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Upon early consideration, it appears to be an exceedingly simplistic comparison, a “would you rather” question requiring very little legitimate scrutiny..
. Which scenario is worse: Being trapped in the sole presence of an adult Bengal Tiger, vicious and hungry, or, rather, your own thoughts, extensive and wandering? Regardless of the chosen answer, there is a single guaranteed repercussion: suffering, whether it be present in a physical or mental sense. Piscine Molitor Patel, commonly known as Pi, who experienced both miseries simultaneously after a devastating shipwreck in which he lost his entire family, is proof that the latter of the two options can, surprisingly enough, result in an equal, if not greater, amount of torment. This severe isolation, lasting for a total of 227 days, provided plenty of time for engaging in exploration of the dark, dusty crevices of his mind, and managed to alter the inner-workings of it, also, to the point where the teenage male eventually crawling to his salvation upon the shore of Mexico bore little resemblance to the one who had fallen atop a lifeboat tarpaulin over seven months prior.Order now
Pi’s various beliefs, all of which he had developed over the course of his childhood in India, such as those regarding the dangers of the personification of animals, the importance of respecting all life forms, as well as even a few defining personality traits, had each been twisted in…