Boundaries in the Life of Pi &

Life of pi and burial rights

My understanding of boundaries and how thy may be challenged and crossed has been challenged and transfrmed bthrough the course of my study of Hannah Kent’s novel ‘Burial Rights’ and Ang Lee’s film ‘The Life Of Pi’. These texts explore numerous boundaries, the most prominent of which include social, physical, and personal, emotional as well as the boundary between fact and fiction. Some of these boundaries are well challenged and crossed in both of these texts, whilst others are reasserted and remain obstacles, portraying the link of boundaries between fact and fiction as the two characters (Agnes and Pi) merge their similarities.

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Social division abound in human society and Agnes faces substantial social barriers in Hanna Kent’s novel. Agnes is ignored because she is convicted murder. The Jonsson family hate having to keep her in their home, let alone having to talk to her. Margret’s initial response to Agnes is very aggressive, as she tells the guards “keep the bitch away from the knives in the kitchen”. Additionally, Margret’s neighbour, Roslin, expresses her sympathy for Margret, she feels “sorry” for Margret having to “look upon her hideous face every day”. The hyperbolic language Roslin uses reflects the strength of the community’s disapproval of Agnes and hatred of her. Physical boundaries are too, challenged and crossed in Kent’s novel Burial Rites. Emotional boundaries are crossed an abundant of times by various characters but predominantly Agnes. It was particularly rare for Agnes to speak her emotions aloud but in chapter 6 she opens up to Totti and tells him about her life. “Perhaps it’s a shame that I have vowed to keep my past locked up with me” Agnes – page 100. In this quote Kent uses irony to show that Agnes kept her emotions locked away in the same way that she was locked away from society.

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In Lee’s novel Pi crosses a number of miraculous physical boundaries throughout his...