Ch 2: Life of Pi Literary Context

About This Chapter

Using this chapter is the easiest way to become more familiar with the literary context of ''Life of Pi.'' Besides giving you extensive study guides, our lessons also come with assessment quizzes, so you can test how well you understand the full range of literary elements found within the novel.

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  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing examples of symbolism, conflict, and setting from Life of Pi
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Life of Pi Literary Context chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary context of Life of Pi for a standard English course. Topics covered include:

  • Plot and summary of the novel
  • An explanation of the title
  • Major quotes and an analysis of the main conflict
  • Genre of the novel
  • Quotes that describe the philosophy of the text
  • The importance of religion and related themes in the novel
  • Summary of the setting in Life of Pi
  • The significance of Pondicherry Zoo in the text
  • Description of the supplies found in the lifeboat
  • Symbolism of the ocean and the lifeboat
  • Key vocabulary words from the novel
  • An analysis of zoos and religion within the text

13 Lessons in Chapter 2: Life of Pi Literary Context
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Life of Pi: Book Summary & Plot

1. Life of Pi: Book Summary & Plot

This lesson offers a comprehensive plot summary of Yann Martel's 2002 novel, Life of Pi. The narrative is about a young man who is trapped on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.

Meaning of the Title Life of Pi

2. Meaning of the Title Life of Pi

'Life of Pi' by Yann Martel is a story about story-telling and the nature of reality. There are some clues to the novel's meaning hidden in the title itself.

Main Conflict in Life of Pi: Analysis & Quotes

3. Main Conflict in Life of Pi: Analysis & Quotes

In this lesson we will examine the main conflict in Yann Martel's 'Life of Pi', which is Pi's struggle to survive after he is stranded on a lifeboat in the middle of the sea with zoo animals.

Life of Pi Genre

4. Life of Pi Genre

The genre of Yann Martel's book ''Life of Pi'' might not be what you expect. In this lesson, we will look at the book's genre and how it helps us better understand some of the story's major ideas.

Philosophy in Life of Pi: Quotes & Explanation

5. Philosophy in Life of Pi: Quotes & Explanation

In this lesson, we will examine some of the philosophical quotes from Yann Martel's Life of Pi, which is the story of a boy who encounters spiritual growth while stranded at sea. Then you'll be able to test your knowledge with a quiz!

Religion in Life of Pi: Analysis, Themes & Importance

6. Religion in Life of Pi: Analysis, Themes & Importance

This lesson will identify some important religious themes in Yann Martel's 2009 novel, 'Life of Pi,' offer some examples from the novel, and provide an analysis of their significance.

Setting of Life of Pi: Summary & Description

7. Setting of Life of Pi: Summary & Description

In this lesson, we will learn about the five significant settings in ''The Life of Pie'', written by Yann Martel and published in 2001. We will cover what they looked like, and how the effected the novel's protagonist, Pi.

Pondicherry Zoo in Life of Pi: Significance & Quotes

8. Pondicherry Zoo in Life of Pi: Significance & Quotes

This lesson will examine one of the important settings in Yann Martel's 'Life of Pi' - the Pondicherry Zoo. Pi's character and beliefs are partly shaped by his many childhood experiences at the zoo.

The Lifeboat in Life of Pi: Description & Supplies

9. The Lifeboat in Life of Pi: Description & Supplies

In this lesson, we learn about what the lifeboat in 'The Life of Pi' looks like, what supplies it holds, and how Pi came to be on the boat - as well as the companions he shares the boat with.

The Lifeboat & Ocean in Life of Pi: Symbolism & Quotes

10. The Lifeboat & Ocean in Life of Pi: Symbolism & Quotes

In the 'Life of Pi', Pi, the protagonist, spends months in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean, trying to survive. This lesson talks about the symbolism and meaning of the lifeboat and ocean.

Life of Pi Vocabulary

11. Life of Pi Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will define and find examples from the text of some of the more complex vocabulary from Yann Martel's ''Life of Pi'', which is the story of a boy who survives a sinking ship to find himself on a life raft with a tiger.

Life of Pi Vocabulary Flashcards

Life of Pi Vocabulary Flashcards

Yann Martel's Life of Pi contains many terms which may not be familiar to all readers. These flashcards present several difficult terms, a guide to pronunciation, and in-text examples to reference the terms with surrounding context.

Religion & Zoos in Life of Pi

13. Religion & Zoos in Life of Pi

In this lesson, we will discuss the association between religion and the zoo from Yann Martel's ''Life of Pi''. In this story, Pi grows up on a zoo in India and then becomes a zoologist as an adult.

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