In Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi, the protagonist Piscine Patel is constantly challenged by the forces of nature. During his time on the lifeboat, Pi was accompanied by multiple different characters. He soon realizes that can no longer save the others as god and nature have put him to the test of truth. Inner fear and choices show how he values life if Pi demonstrates that he cannot handle the journey he will simply fail to survive. On Pi’s extensive trip, he believes that if he is occupied he will not be forced to think of the negative problems in this situation.
Sources of entertainment are limited on a lifeboat so Pi is forced to create images in his mind and imagine things to him help pass time. Yann Martel expresses a constant need to survive, it teaches one how to value life and make effective choices individually. Through his spiritual beliefs, Pi is able to connect with nature and imagine stories that help him understand the greater questions in life. The Tsimtsum begins to sink and Pi becomes panicked. He tries to alert his family about the position they are in but nobody listens to him. Fear was running through Pi’s blood.
He didn’t know how to survive at sea alone so for a long while, Pi believed that people would come to save him. Pi says “Pilots were running to their planes. Ship officers were spinning their wheels. Even submarines were swerving underwater.
We would be rescued soon” (Martel 125). Pi needs to adjust his perspective emotionally and psychologically to be able to live under constant pressure and fear. Learning to kill as a new way of survival, Pi comments: “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” (Martel 185).
Forgetting is easy, but forgetting about things you’ve known and cared about your entire life is far harder than difficult. “I survived because I made a point of forgetting” (Martel 191), He even forced himself to forget “the very notion of time” (Martel 192). An assumption on Pi is that he develops a vast change in his actions in order to sustain life and that he uses the nature around him to effectively illustrate his ordeal to others.