Life of Pi

The Life of Pi

The style of descriptive writing is written as if it is immediate; as if it is happening exactly as Pi would have seen it. It is laid out simply, but make no mistake, the adjectives used convey deep meaning. You can almost hear the wonder in his voice as Richard Parker leaps over top of him, saying in awe, “I saw his body, so immeasurably vital, stretched in the air above me, a fleeting, furred rainbow”. At the end of the paragraph, in just a few words, Pi also describes the hurt that he felt as Richard Parker disappeared into the jungle, how he had wished for a goodbye or a conclusion to the journey they had been through together. Pi’s enemy and ally had left his life just as quickly as he had entered. The fact that Richard Parker never looked back, never gave a satisfying acknowledgement to Pi kept with the realistic relationship between men and animals. There was no fairytale ending.This paragraph was a great example of Yann Martel’s descriptive prose, showcasing his literary mastery in the way that he conveyed Richard Parker’s unique relationship with Pi.


Throughout Life of Pi there were subtle Canadian themes. The beginning chapters of the book reflect the culture acceptance and “live and let live” viewpoint that has become prevalent in Canada. Portrayed very clearly was the idea that Canada was a desirable place to live, which is something that has been fostered in society as of late. It was also Pi’s hope, and the only place where he thought he might be reunited with his family after the sinking of Tsimtsum.