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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi by Yann Martel. K. Melvin. Chapters 24-25 Misunderstanding and Misinterpretation.

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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  1. Life of PibyYann Martel K. Melvin

  2. Chapters 24-25Misunderstanding and Misinterpretation When Pi was a boy, he was extremely devout; however, he was unable to choose a single religious faith to practice. Pi attended services at a church, a mosque, and a mandir, and in addition to being ridiculed by his brother, he was chased from all three places by religious leaders who could not accept that Pi had more than one faith. Although Pi believed he was doing something good, he was being punished. The problem at the core of Pi’s situation was that the leaders of the religious orders did not agree with Pi that people could have more than one religion. It is possible they believed that, unlike the other worshippers, Pi did not take the religious service seriously and should not be allowed in the holy places.

  3. Objectives: Comparing an event in the novel to a personal experience. Analyzing motivation, intent, and the interpretation of actions.

  4. Write an essay about a particular time in which you tried to do a good deed, but were punished for it. In your essay, answer the following questions: • What was it that you did or attempted to do? • What was the good intent behind your actions? • Who punished you? What was the reason? • What was the basic, underlying misunderstanding between you and the other person or people? • What was the final outcome? If you cannot remember a particular instance when you were punished for a good deed, write about someone you know who has been in that situation.

  5. Accepting Different Religions • Day 1 (Tuesday, October 14) • On a notecard, write down two questions (not yes or no) you might ask someone about their spirituality without knowing what religion they are. • Hand in your notecard

  6. Continued. . . • Day 2 (Wednesday, October 15) • Pick one of the questions, and answer that question as if you were Hindu, or Muslim, or Christian, based on what is written on your card. This will require some research into what the religion believes. Answer should be about two paragraphs.

  7. Continued. . . • Day 3 (Thursday, October 16) • In your journal, compose a response (at least 2 paragraphs) for the following prompt: Do you admire Pi for his religious convictions? Do you think it is a contradiction, the way he has chosen to worship?

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