Essay 4 Life of Pi - English 1B Professor Hanna 20 July...

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English 1B – Professor Hanna 20 July 2016 Audience: Readers of Life of Pi Purpose: To show the similarities between Pi’s journey and the Hero’s journey Pi’s Similarities to the Hero’s Journey The archetype of the Hero’s Journey is common throughout most stories. This is more often than not something that happens to the protagonists of the stories. The Hero’s Journey consists of three elements: departure, initiation, and return. Within these categories are many more parts that make the story complete, and they function as problems, solutions and added meaning. This Hero’s Journey is present in the Life of Pi, in which Pi is stuck on a boat with a four hundred sixty pound tiger in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for more than two hundred days. In the story Life of Pi, Yann Martel uses the three main elements of the Hero’s Journey, departure, initiation, and return, to tell the story of Pi. The first element of the Hero’s Journey is the departure; Pi has two emotions during this time, sadness and fear. The initial category of the Hero’s Journey is the call to adventure, where the protagonist is given notice that everything in their life is about to change. This is exactly how it played out in Life of Pi, his father and mother abruptly told the boys that they were moving to Canada. “It was announced to us one evening during dinner…Canada…Canada meant absolutely nothing to us, a place permanently far away” (Martel 79). Pi and Ravi show absolute shock when they find out that they will be moving to Canada and their whole life would change, thus, the call to adventure. The next category in this element of departure is the refusal to the call, and Pi definitely felt like refusing. “And two animals were being shipped to the Canada zoo.
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