Pincher Martin and Piscine Molitor : two life options - the devourer and the prolific

Source document: The Central European journal of Canadian studies. 2005, vol. 4, iss. [1], pp. [45]-54
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I would like to examine two radically different attitudes to life as rendered in Golding's Pincher Martin and Martel's Life of Pi, using Blake's categories of the devourer and the prolific applied to the two main characters respectively. Their incredible life stories, taking place in extreme maritime circumstances, problematise the issue of survival in terms of everyday life. The concepts of place assume different dimensions in their world visions while memory plays a key role in their life struggles.
Je propose d'examiner deux attitudes à la vie radicalement différentes telles que dépeintes dans Pincher Martin de Golding et Life of Pi de Martel, en me servant de deux catégories de Blake, celles du dévoreur et du fécond. L'histoire de leur vie problématise la question de la survie dans la vie quotidienne. Les concepts du lieu adoptent des proportions différentes dans leurs visions du monde pendant que la mémoire joue un rôle essentiel dans leur lutte de survie.
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