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Analyze the movie, The Life of Pi. How well has the film captured the essence of the novel. Of course there are missing scenes, a two hour film is far too short to present every important detail from a novel. That being said, how well does the film capture the theme and the magic of the novel?

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for your patience. In this particular task, you are being asked to provide a movie review. We have already done a book review of the same so you should be familiar with the novel and the movie and the differences as well as execution of the scenes. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. About the Story - 100 words
2. Opinion - 100 words
3. Examples of the opinion (essence) - 100 words

This should cover what you need. Should you need a far longer paper, all you have to do is expand the ideas in each section accordingly. You can use the listed resources to further explore the topic. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

The Life of Pi Movie Review


A traveller from Canada to Pondicherry, India gets to hear of a fantastic tale from an elderly man in a cafe who proposed that should he listen, he will find a way to have faith in God. The story however is narrated from the first person by Pi Patel, whose life and a very unique experience is the subject of the story. He tells of his life in Canada and his boyhood in Pondicherry and how his studies of zoology and theology gave him solace from the trauma of his life. The trauma is then explained by the sinking of the cargo ship that the family took in a bid to find better life in Canada. The ship sailed with a full crew, Pi's family and a beehive of zoo animals in cages, for transport to a Canadian Zoo. The sinking of the ship saw many people drown and Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific ocean in a lifeboat full of animals - zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a tiger that he named Richard Parker. Drifting for weeks ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) of reviewing and studying the movie version of the novel 'Life of Pi' by Yann Martel, including the essence of story as translated on screen, its triumphs and differences with the written work. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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The Life of Pi- analysis of repeated phrases

There are four different questions to develop. These questions are related to the book name " The life of Pi"
1- Pi is a young man who ends up successfully crossing the Pacific Ocean in a lifeboat with only a 450 pound Bengal tiger for a companion--what a companion!!
Discuss the development of Pi's character through Chapter 28. The first twenty-eight chapters of Life of Pi allow us to get to know our protagonist. Sometimes students become frustrated because they claim that "nothing happens for such a long time in this book." True, we are getting to know Pi. But think of it; we have to believe that it is possible for this young man to survive this amazing trip, so we had better be able to understand who he is. We had better know him pretty well, or we will never be able to make ourselves believe that his story is true.
Prepare a discussion of Pi's character. What about this young man uniquely equips him to survive such an adventure? This should be a well-developed discussion including details from Pi's spiritual, family, home, and academic life. This needs to be at least two well-developed paragraphs to earn full credit.

2- you need to focus on the second piece of Pi. You second section of the book is Chapters 29-57. Read this. Then, prepare a discussion on your thoughts about the book.
As a minimum, discuss the following:
• What surprises confronted you within these Chapters?
• Discuss Pi's use of characterization of the animals--what would his father say about this?
• Pay particular attention to the many references to being alone and to losing family, particularly to being motherless.
• What else do you find noteworthy in this section?
• In my copy of the book, my notes at the end of Chapter 57 say: "And NOW, the adventure begins!" How have the first 57 chapters of the book served as an introduction? What in the world do I mean?
Develop 2-3 paragraphs discussing these points and any others that seem important to you.

3- Reflect on CH 58-90 in Life of Pi to prepare a discussion board post in which you discuss some aspect of Pi's personality which you didn't think about until he began the process of taming Richard Parker.
• What have you seen about Pi that you hadn't realized before?
• Was it there all along but you had missed it? Or is it a new characteristic that he has developed since he found himself on the lifeboat?

4- Discussion Board posting on Pi, CH 91-the book's end.
• How do you feel about Part 3 of the novel?
• What is your gut reaction to reading Pi's second story, the one he relays to the Japanese insurance investigators?
• Discuss the idea of "the better story" and "the dry yeastless factuality" that Pi refers to so often in his story. How might this come into play when considering Pi's two versions of his story?

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