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Trey Irby's Monomyth Project

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FC: The Life of Pi and the Monomyth By Trey Irby

1: The Journey of the Hero!! | This map is a quick overview on the hero's journey

3: The Call To Adventure | Pi, the main character receives the call to adventure when he enters the church and talks to Father Martin about Christianity. When Pi learns about Christianity, he is confused because Pi was raised Hindu. Pi compares the main story of the Christian faith to lions escaping from a zoo, killing and eating the other animals, and his father feeding Pi to the lions to "Atone for their sins" (Martel 67).

5: Refusal of the Call | Pi refuses the call to adventure when he decides that the main story of Christianity is to different and uninteresting. After a few days he finds Christ's humanity compelling and decides to become Christian. Father Martin tells him, "You already are...Whoever meets Christ in good faith is a Christian" (Martel 73).

7: Supernatural Aid | Pi receives supernatural aid from Satish Kumar, an Islamic baker. Pi gets scared and accidently throws a piece of bread into cow dung. Satish forgives him and invites Pi into his house. While there, Satish performs his daily prayer, which intrigues Pi. Pi questions Satish about his religion. Satish responds with saying that Islam is "About the Beloved" (Martel 76), and teaches Pi about Islam.

9: Crossing the 1st Threshold | Pi crosses the first threshold during an argument between his imam, priest, and pandit. The three unknowingly approach Pi to tell him how good he is at practicing each of their faiths. They soon find out that he is practicing all three faiths and an argument begins about which is the better faith, and that Pi should choose just one faith. Pi ends the argument by saying he "Just want(s) to love God" (Martel 87).

11: Belly of the Whale | Pi goes into the Belly of the Whale after deciding that he wants to practice Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam. After that, his brother Ravi gives him a hard time, most dedicated religious people shun him and chase Pi away from places of worship, and his parents keep telling him "You must be one or the other" (Martel 91). Pi is alone.

13: The Road of Trials | The Road of Trials begins when Pi's ship to Canada sunk. Luckily(?) Pi survived because the sailors threw him on a lifeboat inhabited by a tiger named Richard Parker, a zebra with a broken leg, and a spotted hyena. Pi soon realizes that the reason he ended up on the lifeboat was as bait for the hyena. "(The sailors) were hoping that the hyena would attack (him) and that (Pi) would somehow get rid of it and make the boat safe for them" (Martel 138).

15: The Goddess | The Goddess is Orange Juice, a female orangutan raised in Pi's zoo. She arrived onto the lifeboat on a load of bananas held together by a net. Once she arrives, Pi takes the net, and uses it several times during the novel. Later in the novel, Orange Juice engages in combat with the hyena, but the hyena kills her and rips her head off. Pi finds the sight of her "Horrible to the eyes and killing to the spirit" (Martel 165). At this point the hyena has killed and eaten the zebra.

17: Temptation Away From True Path | Pi tries to decide what is best for him. He contemplates killing himself, either by jumping overboard or surrendering himself to Richard Parker, but fights the urge by muttering a short prayer saying "So long as God is with me, I will not die. Amen" (Martel 186). Afterwards, Richard Parker kills and eats the hyena.

19: Atonement With Father | Pi reaches atonement by taming Richard Parker and establishing himself as the alpha male. Pi is able to tame Richard Parker by marking his territory of the boat with urine, and blowing a whistle while rocking the boat whenever Richard Parker crossed the line. This training continues until Pi leaves Richard Parker "Moaning and gasping at the bottom of the boat" (Martel 262)

21: Apotheosis | Pi reaches Apotheosis when his lifeboat hits another lifeboat containing a starving Frenchman. After a short talk about food, the Frenchman admits to killing and eating two other survivors and Pi invites him onto his lifeboat. Upon the Frenchman's arrival, he attempts to kill and eat Pi. Fortunately, Richard Parker kills and eats the Frenchman, unknowingly saving Pi's life. Pi cannot help but feel sadness for the Frenchman's death. "Something in (Pi) died then that has never come back to life" (Martel 321).

23: Refusal of the Return | After the death of the Frenchman, Pi comes across an island made out of algae. The algae is delicious, meerkats inhabit the island by the thousands, and the algae filters the salt out of seawater making it fresh (also trapping any fish that eat the algae). Pi lives at the island for several weeks. Then Pi discovers that the island becomes highly acidic at night and breaks down and absorbs any organism on the island floor. Pi leaves, later comparing the island to a "Venus fly trap" (Martel 371).

24: Master of Two Worlds

25: Pi becomes the Master of Two Worlds after the lifeboat washes ashore on Mexico. Upon arrival, Richard Parker disappears into the Mexican forest. Locals find Pi and take him in. Later, Japanese officials arrives to find out what happened to the ship. Pi tells them his story and they don't believe it. Pi tells them a similar story, with a French cook replacing the hyena, a Chinese Sailor replacing the zebra, and Pi's mother instead of Orange Juice. The Japanese like "The story with animals" (Martel 398) better. Pi returns to the real world. The End.

26: References | All textual references are provided by: Martel, Yann. Life of Pi. Orlando, Florida: Harcourt. 2001. Print. All photographs/images are provided by: Google Images

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