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I am trying to write a comparative essay for Yann Martel's Life of Pi. I need a...

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yamaguchityler | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted September 18, 2013 at 8:40 PM via web

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I am trying to write a comparative essay for Yann Martel's Life of Pi. I need a suggestion for a similar book, poem, or song in order to compare and contrast it to. Any suggestions?

If there are any suggestions, please also include the similar themes and or lessons between the two.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 18, 2013 at 11:14 PM (Answer #1)

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Themes Yann Martel illustrates in Life of Pi (according to the eNotes theme page for the novel) are as follows: 

-Quest for the meaning of life.

-The centrality of stories in making sense of life.

-One's identity is shaped by the niche in which one finds oneself.

-The essence of life is in the details.

Numerous texts can be found which illustrate similar themes. Suggestions for texts will be broken down by theme.

Quest for the meaning of life: Louis Lowry's The Giver, Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye

The centrality of stories in making sense of life: Elie Wiesel's Night and Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. 

One's identity is shaped by the niche in which one finds oneself: Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, Twisted, and Wintergirls, Jennifer Brown's Hate List, and Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha. 

The essence of life is in the details: Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being

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