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The Life of Pi: Which Story Do You Prefer?

The realm of God has no place for the witness. It is a metaphysical substrate that is adjacent to the material world, acting as a benevolent spectator. This kingdom parallel to you simply waits for interaction. Standing by just for you.

The Life of Pi

The Patel family decided to sell their zoo in India and move to Canada for a better life. The parents, Santosh and Gita board a cargo with their sons and a few remaining animals. In a Titanic-style tragedy, a tumultuous storm sinks the ship, leaving the Patels' teenage son, Pi, as the only human survivor. Although, Pi is not alone; a menacing Bengal tiger named Richard Parker has also made himself comfortable on the miniature lifeboat. As well as a hyena, an orangutan, and a zebra. The first night is a complete onslaught due to the malevolent amalgamation of ethos, and after a series of events, only two remain. A boy and a Tiger.

As days turn into weeks and weeks drag into months, Pi and the tiger must learn to trust each other if both are to survive. The two undergo a plethora of spiritual miracles.

Side by side of the story out to sea, Pi is repeating these events to a man interviewing him about his survival story. The man cannot possibly write a story about a man sailing the high seas with a tiger, due to the ostensible nature of the story. So then, Pi, tells a different version of the story. A story that uses humans instead of animals. Instead of the hyena killing the zebra and orangutang, it was a cook. Then instead of the tiger killing the hyena, it is Pi who kills the cook out of revenge or self-preservation. The orangutan represents his mother, the zebra represents some wounded Japanese sailor, the tiger is Pi, and all the other fantastical elements of the story were stripped away leaving a much more disturbing, but believable depiction.


Which Story Do You Prefer?

The Story You Tell To Others Is Up To You

The original story Pi tells is one of god. That's the one I prefer. That story showcases: when the feeling of desertion makes you want to quit, when there's an ordinary reaction to agonizing pain, and when salvation is past the point of return. Someone was watching and gave the gifts necessary

Pi seems to think that stories from a book are sturdier than steel. As do I, which is why the fictional version is the story I prefer.


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