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Life of Pi Script

Intro (1): Life of Pi, by David Hammond

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Slide 2: Talk through how the book was divided into three sections. Part 1 – Toronto and Pondicherry, Part 2 – The Pacific Ocean, and Part 3 – Benito Juarez Infirmary, Tomatlan, Mexico

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Slide 3: Summary of part 1;

•       We are introduced to the character of Pi Patel, and receive background knowledge of him and his family. He lives in Pondicherry, India.

•       His family runs the Pondicherry Zoo, and throughout part 1 the author gives us insight on how the zoo affected Pi Patel’s lifestyle.

•       Later on in part 1 while on his family trip Pi discovers his love for religion. He begins visiting and practicing Muslim, Christian, and Hindu.

•       At the end of the chapter Pi finds out, he will be moving to Canada

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Slide 4: Coming of age in part 1;

·      There is very little of ‘Pi’ coming of age in part 1

•       A significant portion of this section was Pi in the future and introducing him to the audience

•       Only one major coming of age moment in “Toronto and Pondicherry.”

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Slide 5: Pi and Religion

•       While on vacation Pi goes and visits a church and a mosque for the very first time and immediately falls in love with all aspects of religion

•       He continues to practice Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam at the same time.

•       The entire time without anyone knowing

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Slide 6: Character Development

•       One day Pi and his parents meet all three religious leaders at the same time and are utterly dumbfounded

•       The leaders were also extremely confused, as he had practiced their religions with commitment and discipline.

•       Pi immediately receives much criticism for this but stays firm. He explains to his parents and the religious leaders his reason and proves them wrong.

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Slide 7: Quote and character development

•       “Bapu Gandhi said, ‘All religions are true.’ I just want to love God,” I blurted out, and looked down, red in face

•       Explanation of quote (Notes below)

•       Pi develops, as he stays true to himself, and doesn’t stop believing, even if his parents don’t support and believe in him.

•       This is important, as he shows the first signs of independence and less reliance on his parents.

•       This will prove to be a significant turning point later in the story

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Slide 8: Beginning of Part 2; Summary of Part 2

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•       While on a ship to Canada, a major storm caused the boat to sink with all the supplies, people, and zoo animals.

•       Only five living things survived that we know of.

•       Pi, a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan, and a Bengal tiger.

•       Pi and the tiger was the last two remaining, and this is where their journey began.

•       For months on end Pi and ‘Richard Parker,’ the tiger built up a difficult, yet successful relationship and routine

•       This journey was far from easy, however. Pi faced countless challenges with food, water, shelter, and safety

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Slide 9: Pi’s development and intro to conflict

•       In Part 2, the Pacific Ocean; Pi changed the most.

•       He was in the sea for almost one year, without anyone but a tiger.

•       Pi’s conflicts were in two general categories

•       Conflict vs. the tiger

•       Pi vs. himself

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Slide 10: Conflict vs. the tiger (Richard Parker)

•       While on the lifeboat Pi knew him and the tiger needed to learn how to co-exist

•       “I had to tame him. It was at this moment that I realized this necessity. It was not a question of him or me, but of him and me. We were, literally and figuratively, in the same boat. We would live – or we would die – together. (pg. 181)

•       Pi went about this by “training” the tiger, and after many failed attempts it began to work.

•       He continued doing this until they had a symbiotic relationship

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Slide 11: How he developed Resilience

•       Throughout the training, and domesticating of Richard Parker, Pi developed resilience and courage.

•       It took immense courage to stand up to and control a wild animal such as a tiger.

•       There were many times, where his planned, and he used the resilience he developed to overcome this overwhelming situation.

•       He was thrown on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger and very few supplies.

•       Pi was able to adapt to the situation until he was almost thriving

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Slide 12: Adaptability

•       Pi Patel developed the ability to adapt almost any situation throughout his journey on the Pacific Ocean

•       He was thrown on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger and very few supplies.

•       “You may be astonished that in such a short period of time I could go from weeping over the muffled killing of a flying fish to gleefully bludgeoning to death a dorado. … It is simple and brutal: a person can get used to anything, even to killing (pg. 205)

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Slide 13: Pi vs. Himself

•       While on the vast, blue ocean Pi questions whether he will live, or if he has the will to live.

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Slide 14: Quote #1 for Pi vs. Himself

•       “To be a castaway is to be a point perpetually at the centre of a circle… The sea may shift from whisper to rage, the sky might go from fresh blue to blinding with to darkest black… Your gaze is always a radius… The sun distresses you like a crowd… The moon distresses you by reminding you of your solitude… ‘You wake up wondering if there is anyone else in the vast Sea of Tranquility'” (pg. 239)

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Slide 15: Analysis for Quote #1

•       Pi is overwhelmed by the vastness, and loneliness of the ocean

•       He contemplates his journey’s worth


Slide 16: Quote #2

“The physical suffering was nothing compared to the moral torture I was about to endure. I would rate the day I went blind as the day my extreme suffering began… It must have been the two-hundredth day. I was certain I wouldn’t last another one.”

            “By the next morning I had lost all fear of death, and I resolved to die.

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Slide 17: Analysis for quote #2

•       Pi has essentially given up

•       He was so close to death, he was beginning to accept


Slide 18: Part 3 – Benito Juárez Infirmary, Tomatlán, México

•       Pi and the tiger (Richard Parker) wash up ashore in Tomatlán, Mexico after almost one year at sea.

•       Richard Parker immediately walks into the jungle, never to be seen again.

•       Pi is found and taken to the Benito Juarez Infirmary, where he was taken care of and fed.

•       Two men that investigated the sinking of his family’s cargo ship came to talk to him.

•       He told him his story, but as expected they didn’t believe him. He accepts this but is upset that no one agrees with him.

•       However, he does eventually convince the men about his story.

•       Flash forward to his current life

•       Living in Canada with his family, and having a successful career.

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Slide 19: HOW Pi showed his maturity from the boat

•       Pi was put under extreme criticism for his truthful, yet farfetched story.

•       He handled it exceptionally well, by calmly re-explaining, and changing it, until fin“ally, the two interviewers believed him.

•       Pi truly embodied what he learned throughout his experience on the lifeboat, and at sea to the situation.

•       As well he applied everything for the rest of his life


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