Tomorrow, we will attempt a full-scale tutorial. We will divide the class in half, and arrange the desks into two large ovals. The two groups will attempt to address a series of questions that I will provide.
While I can’t give you every question in advance, here are a few that will guide your preparation today. Please remember that this form of collaboration will be evaluated at least once in May; tomorrow’s work is preparation for the this:
- Examine the role naming and names play in the novel, paying specific attention to Richard Parker.
- How does Pi maintain our interest even in the face of the unbelievable?
- Martel’s Pi picks and chooses the elements of faith that seem most appealing. Is Martel’s mixing of religions a criticism of faith, or an argument for its core principles?
- “Suddenly the banal – eating, defecating, cleaning, sleeping – is of life and death importance; thus, ideologically, tales of survival represent the triumph of the domestic.” How and when does this novel celebrate those activities that are commonplace and domestic?
Here are a few more questions we will consider:
How is Pi’s home in Toronto a reflection of his experiences on his raft/boat?
If you were to ask Pi about the Meaning of Life, what might he say?
In what ways is Pi’s experiences on the boat a direct challenge to who he is?