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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Similar Themes Between Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire Destiny and Fate Frame Narrative Life of Pi is a framed narrative, where Yann is the author of the novel itself, but within the novel there is a fictitious author who is telling the story of Pi within the book. This is realized when reading the authors note at the beginning of the book. The story of Slumdog Millionaire is told through a set of episodes of Jamals life told in flashback but slotted in sequence between questions he is answering in Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Each flashback explains how he, the slumdog, knows the answers to some very difficult questions. Childhood and Adulthood Childhood and Adulthood Meticulously researched details about zoological oddities are put into Life of Pi such as the eating and sleeping habits of tigers and sloths. This makes the reader have full faith in the absolute rationality of Pis world, which is not in fact the case. Simply Pis survival of a journey of 227 days on a lifeboat across the Pacific Ocean is very much out of the ordinary, let alone with a Bengal tiger. The presence of a carnivorous in the middle of the ocean is also slightly impossible, yet the ordinariness in which Yann explains every detail lulls the reader into believing this as rational. Magic realism is more underlying and blurred in Slumdog Millionaire, however a large fantastical element is that the slum boy, Jamal is able to win the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire despite being uneducated. Magic Realism Jamal was propelled through life threatening situations in the slums of India, hesurvived it all and then went on to win Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Whilstbeing interrogated for supposedly cheating, he said it was destiny that allowed him to answer all the questions due to past life experiences giving him EVERY answer to win. Him and his love throughout the story, Latika, were then able to be with one another as they rejoined after finding each other with the help of the game show. Jamal said it was fate that had brought them together. In life of Pi, Pis fate and destiny was not predetermined but rather determined on the boat with the animals through the will to live and faith in Gods delivery of mercy. We could say Pis fate was guided by his past life in the zoo and his study of zoology where he used his knowledge and past experiences to survive a 227 day long journey across the Pacific Ocean with a 450lb Bengal tiger. Life of Pi starts as being told through Pis older self as an adult who explains his childhood. The explanation of Pi growing up in a zoo, the establishment of his name, Pi and how he got his full real name, how he came about having faith in three separate religions and then the story of his survival came from his adult self telling the story of his younger (child) self. A very similar theme is used in Slumdog Millionaire whereby the story of Jamals younger self growing up from very young child to teenager is slotted between questions on the game show as his older self.
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