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Independen
t Study Unit:
Compare and
Contrast Essay
By: Andrea Bennici
The Tyger
By: William Blake
William Blake
• Writer of
the poem:
The Tyger
• 28
November
1757 – 12
August
1827
• an English
painter,
poet and
printmake...
Poem
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful
symmetry?...
Summary
 The poem opens with the speaker asking the tiger who was able
to create it.
 Each stanza refers back to this li...
Analysis
The beginning of the poem is what makes the largest of impacts. It sets up
the rest of the poem. We must understa...
Essay Blueprint
Introduction
Lead: If one were to concentrate on two completely opposite things
like heaven or hell, there will always be ...
Connection to God
Topic Sentence: Both pieces of literature are
influenced through the power of a greater being.
Point: Pi contains a deep and powerful understanding about God, leading
him to be faithful throughout even the hardest of ...
The Tiger
Topic Sentence: Both literary pieces are heavily
influenced by the presence of a tiger. However, both
tigers are...
The Tiger
Point: Within the Life of Pi, Pi has always been drawn to Richard Parker
and is able to face him when his life i...
Suffering
Topic Sentence: Both novel and poem contain
indication of evildoing and suffering.
Suffering
Point: The protagonist within the novel Life of Pi is obligated to survive on a
lifeboat in the middle of the pa...
Conclusion
Restate: In conclusion, Yann Martel’s novel and William
Blakes’s poem contain such similar elements of pain and...
Works Cited
"William Blake." Poets.org. Academy of American Poets,
n.d. Web. 18 July 2014.
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Life of Pi and The Tyger Compare and Contrast Essay

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Life of Pi and The Tyger Compare and Contrast Essay

  1. 1. Independen t Study Unit: Compare and Contrast Essay By: Andrea Bennici
  2. 2. The Tyger By: William Blake
  3. 3. William Blake • Writer of the poem: The Tyger • 28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 • an English painter, poet and printmaker • Born in London to James and Catherine Blake • He had visions of God and angels since the age of 4
  4. 4. Poem Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand dare sieze the fire? And what shoulder, & what art. Could twist the sinews of thy heart? And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand? & what dread feet? What the hammer? what the chain? In what furnace was thy brain? What the anvil? what dread grasp Dare its deadly terrors clasp? When the stars threw down their spears, And watered heaven with their tears, Did he smile his work to see? Did he who made the Lamb make thee? Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
  5. 5. Summary  The poem opens with the speaker asking the tiger who was able to create it.  Each stanza refers back to this line of questioning: Who created it? How were they able to continue the job after it’s heart began to beat? Could it be the same Creator of the lamb?  The speaker compares the creator’s ability to create life, to a blacksmith’s ability to create objects.  His line of questioning seems innocent, but his how's become whys.  The start of the poem and the ending begin with the same verse.
  6. 6. Analysis The beginning of the poem is what makes the largest of impacts. It sets up the rest of the poem. We must understand that William Blake is not only talking about the tiger. As the poem reaches an end the tiger becomes a symbol. That a creator has the ability to create things of beauty and of destruction. Blake questions all this through his poem: What kind of creator would create such a thing? What does that tell us about our world? By putting the lamb within his poem, Blake reminds the audience that the tiger and the lamb are created by the same God, and yet they are so different. In addition, it invites a contrast between experience and innocence. As one may notice, all the questions in the poem are left unanswered. This leaves the audience in a questioning mentality themselves. It arises all sorts of questions on the unanswerable things that we must always acknowledge. Evil, life, death, tigers.
  7. 7. Essay Blueprint
  8. 8. Introduction Lead: If one were to concentrate on two completely opposite things like heaven or hell, there will always be a trace of similarity, sometimes bigger then expected. Literature: Within the novel Life of Pi, and within the poem The Tyger, readers will effortlessly find a tremendous amount of similarities. However to pinpoint their differences is slightly a harder task. Subtopics: Through God and through pain, the poem and novel go hand in hand, and yet both influential characters are perceived differently. Thesis: Martel’s Life of Pi and Blake’s The Tyger two literary pieces that contain similar elements. However, aside all its similarities, Richard Parker and poem’s tiger stand to be opposites.
  9. 9. Connection to God Topic Sentence: Both pieces of literature are influenced through the power of a greater being.
  10. 10. Point: Pi contains a deep and powerful understanding about God, leading him to be faithful throughout even the hardest of struggles. Proof: “I was giving up. I would have given up – if a voice hadn’t made itself heard in my heart . . . Yes so long as God is with me, I will not die. Amen.” (Y.Martel, 186) Explain: After the shipwreck, many would have given up and let go, however Pi’s faith lead him to be strong due to his deep belief in the Lord. Point: The poem The Tyger consists of multiple questions based upon the subject of creation, all directed to the Creator himself. Proof: “What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?” (Blake, The Tyger) Explain: Both beginning and ending of this poem commence with these two lines, the word “immortal” proves the poem to be relating to that of a greater being, while the words “dare frame” emphasize the subject of creation. God
  11. 11. The Tiger Topic Sentence: Both literary pieces are heavily influenced by the presence of a tiger. However, both tigers are portrayed through a different set of eyes.
  12. 12. The Tiger Point: Within the Life of Pi, Pi has always been drawn to Richard Parker and is able to face him when his life is in danger. Proof: “Richard Parker has stayed with me. I've never forgotten him. Dare I say I miss him? I do. I miss him. I still see him in my dreams. They are nightmares mostly, but nightmares tinged with love. Such is the strangeness of the human heart. (Y.Martel,14) Explain: This quotation proves that Pi, aside all he has been through, still considers Richard Parker to be a dear member of his life – even though he is a tiger. Point: Unlike the novel, the poem pursues tigers as a dark, evil creations produced by a greater being. Proof: “what dread grasp Dare its deadly terrors clasp? (Blake, The Tyger) Explain: Within the poem, the speaker is constantly questioning a god as to how and as to why he could create such a horror. Proving the poem to perceive the tiger itself as evil.
  13. 13. Suffering Topic Sentence: Both novel and poem contain indication of evildoing and suffering.
  14. 14. Suffering Point: The protagonist within the novel Life of Pi is obligated to survive on a lifeboat in the middle of the pacific ocean for over two-hundred days with a tiger. Proof: "And what of my extended family – birds, beasts, and reptiles? They too have drowned. Every single thing I value in life has been destroyed. And I am allowed no explanation? I am to suffer hell without any account from heaven? In that case, what is the purpose of reason, Richard Parker?" (Y.Martel, 98) Explain: This quotation, spoken by Pi, to the tiger, proves the degree of Pi’s suffering, and the extent of his grievance. Point: The Tyger, aside its small size, contains multiple traces of suffering, pain, and fault through the simplicity of its words. Proof: “What the hand dare sieze the fire?... What the anvil? what dread grasp Dare its deadly terrors clasp?... Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?...” (Blake, The Tyger) Explain: The speaker of the poem is questioning the Creator as to how he was able to create something so evil, so dreadful. This is proven through the use of words such as fearful, dread, or fire.
  15. 15. Conclusion Restate: In conclusion, Yann Martel’s novel and William Blakes’s poem contain such similar elements of pain and suffering that one may think they wrote it together. However, that thought is broken when the realization sets in on how different the tigers truly are. Conclude: Ironically, every religion contains similarities, a greater being, and/or rituals. Every person has been through pain and happiness, but no matter the struggles people go through, no one comes out being the same as someone else. General: The world has seen it all, it has seen hardships and struggles, wars and peace, death and birth, and each time and every time again, they will all be comparable and they will be completely different.
  16. 16. Works Cited "William Blake." Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 18 July 2014.

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