Sunday, April 7, 2013

Lit Circles: Life of Pi Prose Essay Prompts

The following AP style essay prompts are made for Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

1. Authors often use unusual plot structures to draw attention to important story elements.  In Life of Pi, Yann Martel inserts short italicized chapters written from his point of view.  What literary techniques within these chapters contribute to the overall theme of the novel?

2. Life of Pi is a story as much about the psychological and spiritual aspects of Pi as it is about his worldly struggles.  Analyze the literary devices that Martel uses to separate the physical and the metaphysical.

3. Stylistically, Life of Pi has characteristics of both a fable and a biography.  What devices does Martel use to create this effect?

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