Section: 5 Pages 380 to 450 Parent Child RelationshipPassage, Page Number and ThemeResponseBy the time morning came, my grim decision was taken. I preferred to set off and perish in search of my own kind than to live a lonely half-life of physical comfort and spiritual death on this murderous island. (2.92.143) In this passage I’ve selected it shows a clear understanding of the theme of parent child relation. The island has brought Pi and Richard Parker once more from the verge of malnourishment.
But Pi sees the island as rapacious – and full of loneliness. Physical comfort isn’t sufficient for Pi. He needs companionship and human contact. Richard Parker isn’t really helping any more.
This is related to theme parent child relationship because of father like figure he is to Richard Parker but now its growing apart because at the end of the day he is still a tiger and an animal that will still not hesitate to kill if needed. I can relate this to my brother. When I start to play with him is fun but later on when time goes on it gets alot more boring and I want to just play something else or go do my own thing. This is based on everyone personal feeling and also the personalities as well. “I could not abandon Richard Parker.
To leave him would mean to kill him. He would not survive the first night. Alone in my lifeboat at sunset I would know that he was burning alive. Or that he had thrown himself in the sea, where he would drown. I waited for his return. I knew he would not be late.” (5.
94.5)This passage I’ve selected shows a clear representation of parent child relationship. Throughout the phases of the story it shows Pi expressing his parental skills towards Richard Parker and the fact that he cares alot about him. In this passage he didn’t want to leave Richard Parker that means that the tiger would have to die and he would be all alone in the lifeboat. Since he was like a parental figure to Richard Parker he knew and had faith that he would return before it gets late. Also Pi could not afford abandoning him after all the bonding and time spent with him which reinforces the theme of parent child relationship. This reminds me of the time when I was around 5 I had this blanket that was very cold and I love the feeling of it.
I got it when I was around 3 and I just couldn’t let go of it even after it started ripping apart. This is related to the long bond Pi and Richard Parker had. “I wept like a child. It was not because I was overcome at having survived my ordeal, though I was. Nor was it the presence of my brothers and sisters, though that too was very moving. I was weeping because Richard Parker had left me so unceremoniously. What a terrible thing it is to botch a farewell.
I am a person who believes in I am a person who believes in form, in the harmony of order. Where we can, we must give things a meaningful shape. For example-I wonder-could you tell my jumbled story in exactly one hundred chapters, not one more, not one less? I’ll tell you, that’s one thing I hate about my nickname, the way that number runs on forever. It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.” (5.94.
5)In this short quote from Life of Pi It shows many characteristics of parent child relationship and how it affected their journey throughout the pacific ocean. The parent-child connection between the two shows clearly that Pi has taken the affection for RIchard Parker to heart. Richard Parker left Pi, which made him feel very emotional the type of feeling you would feel if your kid leaves home for a drawn out stretch of time. In addition, readers also see a connection between Pi’s name with his life. The mathematical term for Pi is infinite and ongoing just like his never ending adventures. He has suffered the loss of his family, his old life in India, then the animals on board of the boat, specifically Orange Juice, and now Richard Parker.
This reminds me of my old life in China where I would always walk to school with my grandparents and the friendly environment it brought. We would also go out often on Saturday nights for steak and go to parks to fly kite as there are often many events that happen. Many things in life will move on without you, it’s up to you to chase it back. **You will complete one of these sheets for each section of the novel. At the end of your reading, you will submit 5 sheets in total to make up your entire Reader Response Journal.**Reader Response Journal TemplateSection: 5 Pages 380 to 450 Power Hierarchy Passage, Page Number and ThemeResponse”Both of us were startled.
He hissed and reared up on his hind legs, towering over me, his great paws ready to swat me down. I stood frozen to the spot, paralyzed with fear and shock. He dropped back on all fours and moved away. When he had gone three, four paces, he turned and reared up again, growling this time.
I continued to stand like a statue. He went another few paces and repeated the threat a third time. Satisfied that I was not a menace, he ambled off. As soon as I had caught my breath” (5.92.34) In this passage the towering dominance that Richard Parker possesses shows the theme power hierarchy. The passage shows how Richard Parker still gives out fear to Pi, and this could be seen in Pi’s reaction at how he was “paralyzed with fear and shock” just by Richard Parker rearing up and growling. In the end, even though Pi said he was not scared of Richard Parker’s presence, there is still a small factor of fear burning in side him when he faces the animal of the top of the food chain, thus shows a connection to the theme of power hierarchy.
This passage also goes deep into the fears it builds up the setting keeping the reader in constant suspicion on what is going to happen next.This is related to me in real life because of different times where I don’t want to admit defeat I just want to keep trying and succeed in my final goal. If you work hard enough anything is possible to achieve. High calls low and low calls high. I tell you, if you were in such dire straits as I was, you too would elevate your thoughts. The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar. It was natural that, bereft as I was, in the throes of unremitting suffering, I should turn to God. (5.
93.2)In this quotation it explains the theme of power hierarchy. It also shows the thoughts that are going though Pi head at this given moment in time. In the beginning of the passage it is saying that he is the Low and calling for the High (God) to help him. This relates to power hierarchy because god is the highest of the high or the creator of the earth. He has the most power and if Pi needs someone to save him only god can fulfill the wish.
This shows the thoughts of Pi as he is on the verge of giving up. This relates to me as i prey all the time for betting CS:GO skins and always end up losing value in game. This is bad because it cause you to gamble more skins. So i just gave up.Suddenly his brute strength meant only moral weakness. It was nothing compared to the strength in my mind. (5.80.
4)In this passage it shows the example of the theme of power. This quotation talks about strength and weakness of on another. Pi’s Mind tricks will work on Richard Parker. Pi comes to an invaluable realization: “Even though Richard Parker is a 450-pound Bengal tiger with teeth like those very sharp knives on QVC, I’m smarter than him. I can manipulate him.” This shows the strength of knowledge and mental state as there is a famous quote “Brains over Brawn”.
This is related to the theme because of the different skill sets use by Pi to gain this power over the tiger that can potentially kill him. This is related to me when I always trick my brother into doing things I am to lazy to do. It’s kind of a mean thing to do but I am the one in power. **You will complete one of these sheets for each section of the novel. At the end of your reading, you will submit 5 sheets in total to make up your entire Reader Response Journal.**Reader Response Journal TemplateSection: 5 Pages 380 to 450 Identity Vs RolePassage, Page Number and ThemeResponse”The island was carnivorous.
This explained the disappearance of the fish in the pond. . . . At night, by some chemical process unknown to me but obviously inhibited by sunlight, the predatory algae turned highly acidic and the ponds became vats of acid that digest the fish.
This was why Richard Parker returned to the boat every night. This was why the meerkats slept in the trees. . . . Bitterness swelled up in me.
The radiant promise it offered during the day was replaced in my heart by all the treachery it delivered at night. . . . By the time morning came, my grim decision was made. I preferred to set off and perish in search of my own kind than to live a lonely half-life of physical comfort and spiritual death on this murderous island.
” (5.92.14)”In this passage it is cleared that there is regret in Pi, and the island itself displays the theme of identity vs.
role confusion. The Island is were meant to be strips of land, surrounded by water. But this island proved that idea to be false. It was carnivorous, which nobody would’ve expected. This is identity and role confusion since the island was clearly not the average island we would see.
This island is magical and also confused Pi a little as he didn’t know how to react to this. This relation back to the theme of Identity vs Role fits very well as everything is not right about the island and how Pi has never seen anything like this before, like why Richard Parker keeps returning to the boat every night. It has disappearing fishes and very acidic algae. This is related to when I was in Quebec I.didn’t know how to read french and it was quite confusing for me because we didn’t know how to read the signs.
This caused us to be very confused of where we are at and where we are going, luckily we went with a friend that had been there multi times to guide the way. “”He confirmed what I had suspected, that these meerkats had gone for so many generations without predators that any notion of flight distance, of flight, of plain fear, had been genetically weeded out of them. He was moving through them, blazing a trail of murder and mayhem, devouring one meerkat after another, blood dripping from his mouth, and they, cheek to jowl with a tiger, were jumping up and down on the spot, as if crying: ‘My turn! My turn! My turn!” . . . nothing distracted the meerkats from their little lives of pond staring and algae nibbling.”(5.
92.23) “This passage connects to the aspect of Identity vs. Role confusion when the characters are in the middle of self-confusion. In this case, the meerkats showed how their natural instinct has deteriorated so much that at the face of a vicious tiger, they didn’t even flinch.
At the sight of the tiger killing their fellow species, Years of no predators made the meerkats lose their natural instincts and behaviors, to the point where they don’t even act like meerkats anymore, which is why it fits into the theme of identity vs. role confusion. There are alot of relation I can make with this. An example would be how when I am really tired and working on my homework or anything it gets confusion and your mind cannot process everything fast enough. This is why it’s important to get sleep so you won’t be asleep/tired for your day and learn things that are important.””If the fruit had a seed, it was the seed of my departure.
The fruit was not a fruit. It was a dense accumulations of leaves glued together in a ball . . . I still get shivers when I think of it. .
. . And then it came to light, an unspeakable pearl at the heart of a green oyster. A human tooth. .
. . The feeling of horror came slowly. I had time to pick at the other fruit. Each contained a tooth. .
. . Thirty-two teeth. A complete human set. Not one tooth missing.
Understanding dawned upon me. I did not scream. I think only in movies is horror vocalI simply shuddered and left the tree.” (5.
93.13)”This passage presents a clear representation of the theme of identity vs. role confusion.
Pi lived on the island with multiple sources with food and shelter. There is not a single reason that can allow him to go back to the suffering on the lifeboat in the middle of nowhere. During this time he found a set of teeth, this reminded him the reality of everything, understanding that the island was perilous. It was this moment that Pi remembered to find civilization. The resources has blinded Pi from the dangers of the island, putting him in a state of reverie and lost of goals. The island set his brain back to the raft, and enabled him to have returned to his actual self, which is why the theme identity vs. role confusion is present.
The island, was what nursed Pi and Richard Parker back to health, additionally the motivation to push Pi into find his back to land with more ambition It also helps with the plot since island was the reason for him to be able to reach Mexico later in the story. This relates to me and the fact how sometimes if something is too good to be true I get blinded by deals and can’t face the final truth. “