Thesis Fest #7

Today, I broke ground on the chapter on Life of Pi. It’s a measly paragraph right now, but I made an important discovery. I am beginning my writing on Chapter 23, in which Pi’s religious leaders discover that he’s been studying other religions. Throughout that chapter, none of the religious leaders (even though they are introduced at length before this chapter) are called by name. Instead, for six or seven pages, they are called by their religious title. It’s an amazing device, creating a parable-like effect. The benefit of switching to imago representation is that the action is universalized. The reason the leaders disagree in this chapter is not because of any personal failing but because of a fundamental failing by religion, according to Pi. Very cool.

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