Throughout the text which made me dive deep

Throughout blogging about my ISU novel from three different literary theory perspectives: archetypal theory, feminist theory, and reader response theory. I would have to say that the archetypal theory provided the most insight because within that theory there was a lot of symbolism and meaning I had to find within the text which made me dive deep into the book. The end of the book really fascinates me as Pi finishes his “hero’s journey”. While I was reading the novel I found that I could connect some parts of the book to other characters from other movies. Pi’s story may have seemed unique to me at first but there are a lot of other movies and books that remind me of Life of Pi like the Shakespearean play Hamlet. If you don’t know the story of Hamlet, It’s about a prince named Hamlet who is sad because his father died just like how Pi’s father died however both of Hamlet’s parents die just like how both of Pi’s parents die, however Hamlet’s father died because of murder whereas Pi’s father died on the shipwreck. Hamlet suspects someone has killed his father. When his father’s ghost visits Hamlet at the castle that is when his suspicions are confirmed. After finding this out he goes on an adventure to find his uncle who killed his father. I noticed when reading the text of the Life of Pi and Hamlet that both of the protagonist undergo sadness or depression in their lives. Hamlet gets depressed when his father dies likewise Pi gets depressed when his family dies and is set out to sea.Both Pi and Hamlet have to face the reality of growing up at a really young age which caused them to lose their innocence. Pi had limited time to mourn over his family death’s, and Pi had to live on a boat by himself with Richard Parker. After Pi’s family is killed at sea from the shipwreck, he realized that he must survive and return to those instincts “I had to tame him. It was at that moment that I realized this necessity. It was not a question of him or me, but of him and me.” (157).Something that is very common throughout both of these stories is the topic of religion. Pi uses the religions that he believed in to stay strong “I practiced religious rituals that I adapted to the circumstances – … Sometimes my heart was sinking so fast with anger, desolation and weariness, I was afraid it would sink to the very bottom of the Pacific and I would not be able to lift it back up.” (Ch.74). This quote provides the reader with a good image of how hopeless Pi is feeling while being out at sea, but Pi conquers this by using his faith. Similarly Hamlet also relies on god to guide him on what is right from wrong. Overall the archetypal theory provided the most insight for this story.

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