The sovereignty of the opulence sphere
Paper Towns and Life of Pi are quite different works, although they have their similarities. Whether their main protagonists have their life settled out or not, both works depict expansion in term of personality. I must warn you it is easier to let the guard down and let yourself be entertained by such amazing written masterpieces than analyzing their themes and hidden metaphors, because there is enough in its compartment.
Quentin, who is the protagonist in the novel Paper Towns written by John Green, represents the stop of mental development for American teenagers after the 21th century inaugurated. If I were to describe Paper Towns with a sentence, I would say it is about a run-of-the-mill A4 male breed representative of the human species who experiences an outcast of an individual and learns there is not a manual for breathing. Quentin sees his friends and material values as a matter of course and does not comprehend why Margo did not want to be found and why his admiration for her cannot be retrieved. In the end, he realises the fake bubble Margo created which became a bait Q felt for although it was not her intention. The misconception clarifies, and they split apart.
The American youth need to express more compassion for the less fortuned that is not part of their prosperous society. Paper Towns taught me to hope for a brighter future with the potential of more people leaving their self-made and constructed boring seemingly perfect forced world where they remove the real problems they do not want to deal with and focus on the false love and braindead entertainment they are presented. If all this is surreptitiously generated to keep the hordes in control to leave the free-minded people space to develop their passions, is merely a conspiracy. This is directed to young first world societies who seems to have less problems to deal with and do not care as much about issues that perhaps does not affect they as world hunger and poverty. Constant war and unfair distribution of resources is discussed less than the latest Justin Bieber album or the party last weekend. Your ancestors plundered and settled colonies to dry other people’s hard claimed values only to create an industry, which exploits this in a significantly greater scale.
Life of Pi talks about the importance of adapting to life’s possibilities. The novel starts with a Indian family having to sell their zoo animals due to financial circumstances. While transporting the wildlife by sea, a storm brews up and the ocean consumes everything but a pitiful little orange life boat with the content of an orang-outang, a zebra, a hyena, a boy named Piscine and a 600 pound Bengal tiger by the name of Richard Parker. As the fight for survival continues, only the boy and the tiger remains by the end of the first week, and the books portrays their cohabitation for what turns out to be hundreds of days before they strand to civilization. In one of the earliest scenes, Piscine’s father feeds a goat to the tiger to demonstrate the coarseness and brutality of the wild animal. As most people treat big predators with caution and consternation, Piscine develops the ability to proceed as the alpha male. In the beginning of the novel Piscine is by definition a Muslim, but before the shipwreck occurs, he practices both Christianity and Judaism for the pure purpose of curiosity. Contrary to the people who utilize their religion as the one and only way to be seeing life, Piscine tries different religions to observe new lifestyles. He does not conclude that one of them is the better alternative, but evaluate their strengths for the sake of new physiological supplement.
Paper Towns and Life of Pi displays the consequences of whether you step out of the opulence sphere or not. Mother Nature positions Piscine in what would seem his certain death, only to have him overcome the obstacles and gain supremacy. Quentin, on the other side, struggles to see the lifestyle that has immerged his identity and prevent his adrenalin level unfold. Friendship goes through both story lines, but with different criteria. In addition of the fact that equal desire creates relations which separates Quentin and Margo, the friendship with between Piscine and Richard Parker based on affection and attachment between such unlike creatures stands out as an association filled with sincere charity. Stepping out of the comfortable box is comparable to Schrödinger’s cat in the way you may not experience the fulfilment if you do not dare the journey.