Life of Pi
The Aura of Orange Human, animal, plants, and all the Earth’s content is survivor. They are fighting for their rights in order to live in this beautiful world. The novel Life of Pi written by Yann Martel, has employed a lot of symbols that is related to the life. One of the most significant symbols is the color orange. The author uses orange as a symbol of maintenance of the spirit to survive in survival.
This can be proved as most of the objects that are in the color orange in the novel generate feelings of hope, can develop courage in survivors, and last but not least can keep them continuously energetic; in order to strengthen their hearts and spirits to face all the possibilities in life. With the presence hope, the spirit of survival can be maintained well as orange color represents the color of hope in the novel.
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It is because the orange color is bright and inspires people and also gives hope to them.
This is related as the theme color of firefighter is orange; when they are going to rescue the victims, their present has gives those who need to be rescued a hope being saved, (Theme). This can be shown in the novel Life of Pi as the sunrise gives hope to Pi and Richard Parker to be saved. “Warmth came only when the sun, looking like an electrically lit orange, broke across the horizon, but I didn’t need to wait that long to feel it. With the very first rays of light it came alive in me: hope. As things emerged in outline and filled with color, hope increased until it was like a song in my heart.
Oh, what it was to bask in it! Things would work out yet. The worst was over. I had survived the night. 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 199). Based on this quotes, Pi says that the sunrise does give them a hope to survive everyday in the lifeboat and hope to be rescued. Every day that have passed, they have succeed to face it and still survive for 227 days stranded on the sea. Based on the real world, most of the people will be happy as the day is coming cover the night.
People can go for work to find some stuff and money to support their needs; students go to school or college to gain more knowledge to have a better life, thus, people will appreciate every second that goes by. On the other hand, the orange color of objects has give an impact to express hope on overcome their obstacles. This can be seen through a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, when he is trying to save his life by fighting with the sea and the big wave. As Pi says to Richard Parker, “‘do you see this lifebuoy, Richard Parker? Do you see it? Catch hold of it!
HUMPH! I’ll try again. HUMPH! ’ He was too far. But the sight of the lifebuoy flying his way gave him hope. He revived and started beating the water with vigorous, desperate strokes,” (Martel 98). The color of the lifebuoy is orange as it is the color of survival that being used in the survival’s tools. These has give Richard Parker a hope to survive in the scary ocean since he is not a really good swimmer during the storm. Thus, the present of orange objects or the rays of orange do give a full meaning of hope to survive in order to keep their spirit alive.
Development of courage can magnify the spirit of survival as the bravery can be represented by the orange animals in Life of Pi. This is related when a person has enough courage and ready to defeat his fear, the spirit of survival will increase and his big obstacle in life that is fear; can be settled down. The color of fire is majorly in orange color. Although the fire of matches, people always afraid of it. This shows that the color of orange is symbolize courage and determinants.
This can be proved in the novel by the act of a female orang utan, Orange Juice who tries to hit the hyena; as the hyena being cruel to the zebra. Orange Juice has act, “she thumped the beast on the head. And what a thump it was. The beast’s head hit the bench it had just reached, making such a sharp noise, besides splaying its front legs flat out, that I thought surely either the bench or its jaw or both must break,” (Martel 130). Although Orange Juice is just a weak animal that never haunt any animal and just love to eat fruits, however, her courage overpowers her ability.
As Pi monologue, “an adult female orang utan cannot defeat an adult male spotted hyena… What does fruit eater know about killing? Where would it learn where to bite, how hard, for how long? ” (Martel 130). This is something amazeing as the orang utan is very brave to face the hyena. One of the reasons why Pi called the female orang utan as Orange Juice is because the orange animals do represent the courage in an animal. On top of that, Richard Parker the Bengal tiger also represent courage in an orange animal as he is being scared by the hyena. The flame-colored carnivore emerged from beneath the tarpaulin and made for the hyena. The hyena was leaning against the stern bench, behind the zebra’s carcass, transfixed. It did not pull a fight. Instead it shrank to the floor, lifting a forepaw in a futile gesture of defense,” shows that the hyena was afraid of the orange Bengal tiger that look fierce on him (Martel 150). This is how the Bengal tiger stay to survive in the lifeboat on the spooky ocean. Therefore, it is true that orange is the color of courage; and this can spread up the spirit of survival to promote the important of life.
In order to maintain the spirit of survival, energy is very important both physically and emotionally, orange objects on the boat in the novel encourage Pi to be energetic. Both physically and mentally need to be strengthen and energetic enough to think and react at any circumstances. “It seems orange-such a nice Hindu color-is the color of survival because the whole inside of the boat and the tarpaulin and the life jackets and the lifebuoy and the oars and most every other significant object aboard was orange.
Even the plastic, beadless whistles were orange… How true it is that necessity is the mother of invention, how very true,” as Pi start to create an idea on how to invent and innovate something using all the things surround him to full fill his necessity that is safety, (Martel 138-139). He uses these orange objects to build a raft, to save him from Richard Parker and the sharks. As in the Aura’s theory, orange helps with assimilation of new ideas, broaden the minds, helps in cope with life, and stimulates energy, (Color).
Furthermore, when the orange color has turn to pale, however, their spirit to survive has fallen down. They are dying when they have stayed for very long time in the lifeboat in the sea, “What was orange became whitish orange… we were two emaciated mammals, parched and starving. Richard Parker’s fur lost its luster, and some of it even fell away from his shoulders and haunches. He lost a lot of weight, became a skeleton in an oversized bag faded fur. I, too, withered away, the moistness sucked out of me, my bones showing plainly through my thin flesh,” (Martel 338-239).
This tells that their spirit has turned pale as what happen to the orange color. Therefore, orange color objects can be shown as hyperactive behavior and color of energy; this will maintain the survivor to be always energetic and can hold their spirit safely. In conclusion, orange color or objects or any the references in the novel Life of Pi can generate some ways to keep holding their spirit up to stay survive in this nasty world. As well as orange color can be symbolized as a source of giving hope, element of showing courage, and encouraging survivor to be energetic.
As a human being, spirit or belief in ourselves is very important to let us be ready to face this world, thus, preparations of it must be prepared in any circumstances. If orange fruit can protect itself by being sour taste and has thick cover; on the same time gives vitamin C to those who eat it that really benefits to health. So, why not human become tough physically and mentally also in order to maintain their wisdom and rationality? On the one hand, they full fill others needs. That is the real meaning of survival.