Monday, 11 June 2012

Life of Pi - 1st Quarter

The Life of Pi 1st Quarter

Your Name: Nick
Quarter #1, pages 1 - 89
Novel Name: the Life of Pi
Author’s last name: Martel

Skeletal Plot
- Talks about life and three-toed sloths
- Talks about academic life
- Explains how he was named
- Continues talking about academic life
- Talks about zoos

Person vs. Person (where Pi ends up in a disagreement with his science teacher about God), Person vs. Nature.

Toronto, Canada for the first part, then Pondicherry, India.

- Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel - main character, round.
- Ravi - dynamic, supporting, brother to main character.

Point of View
This story is written in the 1st person view. Why? The main character often takes the narrator role in the story as if the main character and the narrator are the same character.

Notables on the writer’s style and structure
- Any similes or metaphors? Record a quote:
“That pain is like an axe that chops through my heart”, pg. 7
- Visual or other imagery? Record a quote:
“I love Canada, I miss the heat of India, the food, the house lizards on the walls, the musicals on the silver screen, the cows wandering the streets, the crows cawing, even the talk of cricket matches.”, pg. 6
- Is there unusual vocabulary? Record a quote:
Haven’t came across any yet.
- Is the novel structured with a particular idea? Explain:
Yes, there is. Pi talks about his life after terror hit him hard, he copes with it and eventually accepts the truth and lives on.
- Is there dialogue & is it realistic? Record a quote:


Personal Response
I think this book is a good book to read. It tells the reader the story of a boy who lost his family after being shipwrecked and stranded on a deserted island for good portion of a year. Although the the first quarter of the book starts out with him at the end of his journey reminiscing about his life before he got on the ship, it’s a good quarter nontheless.

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