A Comparison of Hope and  Hopelessness in Life of Pi and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich <ul><li>Minhchau Lai, Part...
Techniques to Show Hope and Hopelessness <ul><li>The author uses various techniques to show hope and hopelessness </li></u...
Thesis <ul><li>Although Solzhenitsyn and Martel both use hope and hopelessness as a motif to illustrate survival and the w...
Comparison #1 <ul><li>Life  of Pi, pg. 120 </li></ul><ul><li>“ That morning the horizon might curve one way, my lips resol...
Comparison #1 Analysis <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 120 </li></ul><ul><li>The horizon for both Alyoshka and Pi causes smiles. </...
Comparison #2 <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 141 </li></ul><ul><li>“ That moment of material revelation brought an intensity of pl...
Comparison #2 Analysis <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 141  </li></ul><ul><li>Pi and Tsezar both get new supplies of food. This rev...
Comparison #3 <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 119 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Today I would be rescued. To think that, to string those word...
Comparison #3 Analysis <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 119 </li></ul><ul><li>Pi and Shukhov are looking forward to getting rescued/...
Comparison #4 <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 234 </li></ul><ul><li>“ I tried to control my excitement. What if the ship passed too...
Comparison #4 Analysis <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 234 </li></ul><ul><li>Pi is extremely optimistic. He is  certain  that he is...
Comparison #5 <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 282 </li></ul><ul><li>“ How much hope had come to nothing?...How much loneliness endu...
Comparison #5 Analysis <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 282 </li></ul><ul><li>Upon seeing the human teeth, Pi realizes that he will ...
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  1. 1. A Comparison of Hope and Hopelessness in Life of Pi and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich <ul><li>Minhchau Lai, Parth Mishra, and Andrew Ng </li></ul>
  2. 2. Techniques to Show Hope and Hopelessness <ul><li>The author uses various techniques to show hope and hopelessness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syntax </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literary Devices </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Thesis <ul><li>Although Solzhenitsyn and Martel both use hope and hopelessness as a motif to illustrate survival and the willingness to live, Solzhenitsyn uses this symbol to portray the cruel conditions of the prisoners to criticize the Communist government, whereas Martel uses this motif to show the importance of faith. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Comparison #1 <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg. 120 </li></ul><ul><li>“ That morning the horizon might curve one way, my lips resolutely curved the other, in a smile” (Martel, 120) </li></ul><ul><li>Context: This is Pi’s second day on the lifeboat, having just survived the night. </li></ul>One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, pg. 45 <ul><li>“ Alyoshka, standing next to Shukhov, gazed at the su n and a smile spread from his eyes to his lips” (Solzhenitsyn, 45) </li></ul><ul><li>Context: The prisoners ha ve just marched to the work site of the day, and the sun is just rising. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Comparison #1 Analysis <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 120 </li></ul><ul><li>The horizon for both Alyoshka and Pi causes smiles. </li></ul><ul><li>The horizon holds a chance of salvation for Pi, which endows him with hope. </li></ul><ul><li>Author’s purpose: Showing the importance of faith and how that eventually helps Pi survive. </li></ul>One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, pg 45 <ul><li>Alyoshka sees the beauty of the sun and the horizon, which reminds him of faith and God, which reminds him of why he’s in the camp, giving him hope. </li></ul><ul><li>Author’s purpose: Showing the glimmers of hope even with the oppressive government. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Comparison #2 <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 141 </li></ul><ul><li>“ That moment of material revelation brought an intensity of pleasure-a heady mix of hope, surprise, disbelief, thrill, gratitude…” (Martel, 141) </li></ul><ul><li>Context: Pi has just discovered the locker and it’s contents of food and water. </li></ul>One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, pg 160 <ul><li>“ Tsezar’s eyes were wild and his hair all tousled. He was drunk with excitement. (People who received parcels of groceries always got into that state.)” (Solzhenitsyn, 160) </li></ul><ul><li>Shukhov and Tsezar are in the hut, and Tsezar is looking over the contents of his package. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Comparison #2 Analysis <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 141 </li></ul><ul><li>Pi and Tsezar both get new supplies of food. This revitalizes their spirit and willingness to go on. </li></ul><ul><li>Author’s purpose: Things such as food can bolster your willingness to go on </li></ul>One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, pg 160 <ul><li>Author’s purpose: This shows what the prisoners have been reduced to. They are at a point where even the small things are big for them. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Comparison #3 <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 119 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Today I would be rescued. To think that, to string those words together in my mind, was itself a source of hope. Hope fed on hope” (Martel, 119) </li></ul><ul><li>Context: This is on the morning of the second day. Pi fantasizes about being rescued. </li></ul>One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, pg 69 <ul><li>“ Sometimes, though, you got thinking and your spirits soared: your sentence was running out, there wasn’t much thread left on the spool!” (Solzhenitsyn, 69) </li></ul><ul><li>Context: Shukhov is talking with the other prisoners about his prison sentence. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Comparison #3 Analysis <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 119 </li></ul><ul><li>Pi and Shukhov are looking forward to getting rescued/released. This is a display of optimism. </li></ul><ul><li>Author’s Purpose: This is an example of Pi’s unrelenting faith and how it keeps him going until he actually does land. </li></ul>One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, pg 69 <ul><li>Author’s Purpose: Because of the desperate situation that he is in, Shukhov is very excited to get out of it. By showing the flaws of the government, Solzhenitsyn can criticize it more effectively. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Comparison #4 <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 234 </li></ul><ul><li>“ I tried to control my excitement. What if the ship passed too far away to see us? Should I launch a rocket flare? Nonsense!” (Martel, 234) </li></ul><ul><li>Context: Pi has sighted an oil tanker </li></ul>One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, pg 69 <ul><li>“ He’s nearly done his time-but he didn’t let himself get excited about it. Those who’d come to the end of their time during the war had all been kept in…” (Solzhenitsyn, 69) </li></ul><ul><li>Context: Shukhov is talking with the other prisoners about his sentence </li></ul>
  11. 11. Comparison #4 Analysis <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 234 </li></ul><ul><li>Pi is extremely optimistic. He is certain that he is going to get rescued. </li></ul><ul><li>Author’s purpose: Faith is important because it helps you survive, even if things don’t always work out the way you want them to. </li></ul>One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, pg 69 <ul><li>Shukhov, on the other hand, thinks more pessimistically so he won’t be disappointed if he doesn’t get released. </li></ul><ul><li>Author’s purpose: Because of the unpredictable actions of the government, you cannot always be sure you will be released. </li></ul>
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  13. 13. Comparison #5 <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 282 </li></ul><ul><li>“ How much hope had come to nothing?...How much loneliness endured? How much hopelessness taken on?...What to show for it?” (282) </li></ul><ul><li>Context: Pi realizes that the island is in fact very acidic and compares himself to the remains of the human he found </li></ul>One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, pg 160 <ul><li>“ He immediately stopped expecting anything from the goodies on display. No good letting your belly get excited when there’s nothing to come” (160) </li></ul><ul><li>Shukhov knows he won’t be able to get some of Tsezar’s parcel </li></ul>
  14. 14. Comparison #5 Analysis <ul><li>Life of Pi, pg 282 </li></ul><ul><li>Upon seeing the human teeth, Pi realizes that he will be doomed to the same fate if he remains on this island </li></ul><ul><li>Author’s Purpose: The absence of faith during deplorable circumstances can induce feelings of pessimism </li></ul>One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, pg 160 <ul><li>Ivan realizes that nothing good will come out of just staring at Tsezar’s parcel, similar to how Pi decides to leave when the island can benefit him no more. Solzhenitsyn shows how the pessimism embeds itself into the lives of the prisoners </li></ul>

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