Ch 5: Literary Devices in Life of Pi

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For a fast and fun way to learn about literary devices in ''Life of Pi,'' take a closer look at this chapter. Our lessons have been designed to help you enhance your understanding of the text, so you can easily complete homework assignments or get ready for a test.

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
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Students Will Review:

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

  • Examples of figurative language, metaphors, and similes in the novel
  • Religious and animal metaphors
  • Uses of foreshadowing and allusions in the text
  • Dramatic, situational, and verbal irony
  • Uses of paradox
  • Quotes about anthropomorphism in Life of Pi
  • Motifs throughout the novel

11 Lessons in Chapter 5: Literary Devices in Life of Pi
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Figurative Language in Life of Pi: Quotes & Techniques

1. Figurative Language in Life of Pi: Quotes & Techniques

In this lesson, we examine examples of figurative language from Yann Martel's ''Life of Pi,'' which is the story of a boy stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.

Similes & Metaphors in Life of Pi: Quotes & Examples

2. Similes & Metaphors in Life of Pi: Quotes & Examples

In this lesson, we will define and examine examples of simile and metaphor from Yann Martel's story of a boy's survival at sea with a tiger as his only companion, 'Life of Pi'.

Animal Metaphors in Life of Pi

3. Animal Metaphors in Life of Pi

In this lesson, we examine the extended animal metaphors from Yann Martel's ''Life of Pi'' in which the only survivors of a sinking ship are a boy named Pi, a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan, and a tiger.

Religious Metaphors in Life of Pi

4. Religious Metaphors in Life of Pi

In this lesson, we will examine some examples of religious metaphors from Yann Martel's ''Life of Pi'', the story of a boy with a mixture of theological beliefs who survives 227 days stranded at sea.

Foreshadowing in Life of Pi: Examples & Quotes

5. Foreshadowing in Life of Pi: Examples & Quotes

In this lesson, we will define and examine examples of foreshadowing from Yann Martel's ''Life of Pi'', the story of a boy and a tiger who are stranded at sea.

Examples of Irony in Life of Pi: Situational, Verbal, & Dramatic

6. Examples of Irony in Life of Pi: Situational, Verbal, & Dramatic

In this lesson, we will examine the three types of irony: verbal, situational, and dramatic irony, from Yann Martel's ''Life of Pi,'' in which Pi survives 227 days at sea in a lifeboat with a tiger.

Examples of Paradox in Life of Pi

7. Examples of Paradox in Life of Pi

While it may appear absurd at first, a paradox challenges us to think harder and sometimes dig deeper to find the hidden truth. In this lesson, we will look at examples of paradox in ''Life of Pi'' that make us look below the water's surface, as it were.

Allusion in Life of Pi: Examples & Quotes

8. Allusion in Life of Pi: Examples & Quotes

In this lesson, we will examine examples of literary, religious, and historical references from Yann Martel's ''Life of Pi''. This is a novel about a boy with eclectic beliefs who finds himself stranded at sea with zoo animals as his only companions.

Life of Pi: Tsimtsum Allusions

9. Life of Pi: Tsimtsum Allusions

This lesson, about the novel 'Life of Pi', explores the meaning and significance of the Tsimtsum, the name of the Japanese freighter that sinks in the Pacific, leaving Pi stranded in a lifeboat at sea. We will learn about the concept's meaning within Jewish mysticism and learn about how the concept can be applied to interpret the novel.

Anthropomorphism in Life of Pi: Quotes & Examples

10. Anthropomorphism in Life of Pi: Quotes & Examples

In this lesson, we will examine examples of anthropomorphism in Yann Martel's ''Life of Pi'', which is a novel about a boy who grows up in a zoo, experiences being stranded at sea with zoo animals, and then becomes a zoologist.

Motifs in Life of Pi

11. Motifs in Life of Pi

In this lesson, we will examine the meaning of motif in literature as well as consider the various important motifs, such as strength, beauty, love, and strong will in 'Life of Pi.' Afterwards, test what you learned with our quiz.

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