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What does this quote from Life of Pi mean, and can it be related to everyday life? "Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it."

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The answer here is subjective, and various readers are going to have their own thoughts on it; however, it is important to look at Pi's entire statement regarding death and love because the second half of the sentence does shed some additional light on the quote.

Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can.

If a reader looks at only the portion of the quote provided in the Enotes prompt, the quote seems beautifully poetic. Life is beautiful and the idea of death falling in love with it brings in a nice bit of personification reminiscent of Dickinson's poem "Because I Could Not Stop for Death."

What should be noted is that Dickinson's death behaves like a perfect gentleman, and Pi's personified death is anything but a perfect gentleman. Describing a lover as possessive and jealous is not an endearing way of talking about love. It is conniving and manipulative. Death is in love with life because life is so much more than...

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