Senior English Life of Pi: Final AssignmentStories help us to see beyond what we already know and challenge our thinking. They give our lives more meaning, and in many ways connect our lives to others. As Martel explains, “If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams” (xii). In Life of Pi, Martel is largely concerned with storytelling and the truth. Through the novel, Pi exposes two truths and challenges our notion of reality.In the Author’s Note, Martel shares his views of a “great” story, and why his first novel “sputtered, coughed, and died” (viii). Martel writes:“It’s a misery peculiar to would-be writers. Your theme is good, as are your sentences. Your characters are so ruddy with life they practically need birth certificates. The plot you’ve mapped out for them is grand, simple and gripping. You’ve done your research, gathering the facts—historical, social, climactic, culinary—that will give your story its feel of authenticity.
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