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Life of Pi: A Retrospect

Updated on December 8, 2012

I watched a film called Life of Pi and I must say it moved me. It has been ages since a movie made me cry. It was a sledgehammer to the chest since it's a poignant tale about an Indian boy who led a courageous journey. Pi Patel was a shipwreck survivor. He was stranded in the middle of the sea with a boat, a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a tiger named Richard Parker. I am not here to do a film review. I am here to itemize and discuss the lessons we can all learn from Pi, who bravely fought for his survival.

1. There is a plethora of religions in this world. Because of that, we have the freedom to choose our religion. In the movie, Pi was originally a Hindu, but he was introduced to Christianity and Islam. People may worship different gods, but there is only one God. Pi said that doubt is essential because that tests our faith. It's only normal for us to have questions about our religion. I interpret it as a way of deepening our relationship with our Supreme Being. It doesn't matter who you believe in. What matters most is we practice what we preach. Religion shapes our principles and our character. It determines how we react to situations life throws at us.

2. When Pi was in the middle of the ocean, facing challenges was inevitable. He was thinking of ways on how to survive such as finding food to eat and looking for rescuers. There was a huge storm that struck the sea and that tested his patience. In life, we have to weather storms to make us stronger. They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. It's not the number of times we fall down, but the number of times we stand up. He never lost hope. When we are in the eye of the storm, that's the time when we shouldn't think about giving up. We have to hold on until the very end to see what's out there.

3. Pi developed an unlikely friendship with Richard Parker. A tiger is often described as ferocious, fierce, and deadly. Richard Parker could've easily killed Pi when he was angry. They were at each other's throats. Pi wanted to get rid off him. But in the end, Richard Parker needed Pi and vice versa to survive the tragedy. Pi saw himself in Richard Parker because it brought out the brave soul in him. We fear tigers when we see them. In the movie, Pi faced what he's afraid of so he could survive his ordeal with Richard Parker's help.

4. When Pi was telling his story about how he was rescued in Mexico, I felt like I was punched in the gut. Pi reached the shore while Richard Parker went straight into the woods and never looked back. It was the end of his mission and their friendship.For Richard Parker, their journey has ended. Pi saw Richard Parker walk away without saying goodbye. He never got to see his family when the ship sank. He never had the chance to tell his father how much he has learned from him. He cried while he was reminiscing the episode that he considered a turning point in his life. It's hard to imagine losing someone you love without having the chance to say goodbye. They touch your lives and leave a mark in your hearts. They walk away and it's hurting. We have to appreciate our loved ones before it's too late.

5. Courage is an essential trait everybody should have. In times of adversity, we should be brave in overcoming hurdles. Trials can make or break a person. We can't afford to be weak. There is no other way to go but up. Every challenge must be faced with courage. Pi displayed courage under fire. He held on to his faith and never lost hope because of his courageous heart and spirit.


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      moli 5 years ago

      thasnks mom

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      Tarly Gailan 5 years ago


      You have grown so much and I feel that your values have made you stronger. It is nice to reflect on ourselves from time to time. Love you.