Jiayi change one’s personality. [1] The crucial of environmental

Jiayi GeMr.LeemingENG4UIDecember. 15th,  2017Life of Pi and the Hunger Games: Challenges are Given by Environment     Isabel Allende once said that: “We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome”, this can be interpreted as the environment is vital to inspire people’s potential and change one’s personality. 1 The crucial of environmental change for changing one’s personality is often revealed in numerous literary works. In Life of Pi, the calmness and well-organized lifestyle of the protagonist help Pi out of the environmental threats, similarly in Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, protagonists has to play a game of ingenuity, physical struggle, and strategy to survive their peril in a harsh condition. In both Life of Pi and The Hunger Games, the environment plays important role in the protagonists’ lives because it motivates them to physically and mentally thrive. Both environmental and antagonistic figures are most serious challenges for the human that able to transform their personality especially for these two books; however, although both protagonists keep changing their mind and personalities for surviving, they don’t end in the same happily manner. Remarkably, the opinion of environmental changes affects people’s personality for both of two protagonists were first put forward when they left their hometowns and families.     The serious of environmental changes of families is revealed in the beginning of both of two novels. In the beginning of two novels, Pi, Katniss, and Peeta leave their families and start their adventure reluctantly with staunch and brave. The influence of environmental change has begun at the beginning of Life of Pi. Pi turns into a man who has dreams and hopes for life suddenly and he chooses to survive on the lifeboat strongly instead of giving up the hope of subsisting when he lost his whole family after the ship crashes. Basically, Pi has become an ideal person who eager to survive instead of just resting on the grief of losing his family, although he used to think about giving up on surviving after the grievous news comes just like he said that:”Had I considered my prospects in the light of reason I surely would have given up and let go of the par, hoping that I might drown before eaton. But I don’t call that I had a single thought during those first minutes of relative safety.” (Martel, 40) For Pi, it can’t get any worse. He’s alone in the Pacific with an oar extended from a lifeboat without any family companionship. Therefore Pi’s once think of giving up on survive under the circumstance that seemingly without any hopeless, but he still holds on to the oar in order to go on living. Pi is full of hope for life when he just leaves his family alone at the Pacific Ocean, yet the cruel reality of the situation without any rescue fleet makes him on the prank of collapse just like what he said that: “I was either fixed on practical details of immediate survival or transfixed by pain, weeping silently, my mouth open and my hands at my head.”(Martel, 41) The description of the action of this sentence expresses his despair lively. These words portray both the psychological activities of the character and reveals the importance of environmental change for changing one’s personality just like Pi’s psychology with fulling with hopes but disappointed. In summary, the influence of environmental changes over Pi is revealed in his Psychological and personality changes since he’s family are all gone. Similar to Pi’s strong and eager to survive after leaving his family, Katniss also shows her bravely and staunch when she has to participate in the hunger Games.      The influence of environmental change on people’s personality appears clearly when people leave their family and have to keep surviving by themselves. The environmental change of family for Katniss is no alternative, thus it shapes her with not only a person of strong and bravely, but also the spirit of dare to sacrifice for others and decisive. By making a huge personal sacrifice, taking her sister’s place and leave her hometown to participate in The Hunger Games, Katniss has a girl who can fight for the person that she loves. When people give her respect, admiration, and love for the choice she has made, Katniss feels be loved especially when people touches the three middle fingers of their left hand to their lips and holds it out to Katniss, just like she explained that: “It means thanks, it means admiration, it means goodbye to someone you love.”(Collins, 2) This sentence looks like describe people’s sympathize and Katniss’ nostalgia for her sister and friends, it expresses more about Katniss’ determination to fight for her sister. Not only for Katniss, changing the environment of leave family also drives Peeta intelligent. After leaving his family, Peeta tries to start this game with a benefit beginning through careful planning and get as much profit as he can just like he said to Katniss that: “Who knows? One of them may be rich.” (Collins, 4) Peeta volunteered to wash Haymitch, tears at the station and wave to the audience so that he could get as much profit from others as possible in order to win this game. Those sentences show that how people’s personality is affected by environmental changes when they are far away from their family. For Katniss and Peeta, leaving the family to let them become more bravely and wisdom. As shown above, in both novels, the proofs of protagonists’ personalities are influenced by environmental changes are abounded to be found. For Pi, not only is he saddened by the death of his family, he was even more hopeful about living and it gives him a chance to let him be strong. Also for Katniss and Peeta, leaving family and participate in The Hunger Games make them become strong, bravely and unremitting. Therefore, the environment can be an important point for people to change their psychological and personality when people leave their family.     Besides the environmental change of losing loved ones, the most obvious changes in environments are surrounding environments that are stayed by protagonists which are the climax parts of both novels. For all of Pi, Katniss and Peeta, survive in a completely unacquainted and unbeknown places is the biggest challenge to them so that they become a “cruel” people and face difficulties bravely. The completely strange and dangerous environment that Pi’s living which is the Pacific Ocean that is obvious stand to the reason of environmental changes. Moreover, the biggest impact of this change on Pi is to give him a firmer faith, also this faith let Pi become to a person who is strong, firm, dare to use force to solve problems and dare to face the reality. The thought of death was life’s true opponent is always deeply imprinted in people’s minds, but not for Pi at this moment. Drifting makes Pi feel scared in the ocean, however, he perhaps sees fear as a more formidable adversary since: ” It begins in your mind, always.”(Martel, 56) The environmental change has made Pi from fear into face to the reality bravely and just like he mentioned before that the fear is the real enemy for life. Drifting on the Pacific Ocean not only lead Pi to become to a man who dares to face the reality, but also makes him a “brutal” person since facing to the problem of feed people and tiger. In order to feed the tiger and also solve the hunger problem for himself, Pi gives up his faith of ahimsa and starts catching fishes and sea turtles just like the description in this novel that: “I wept heartily over this poor little-deceased soul. It  was the first sentient being I had ever killed.”(Martel, 61) Pi has no choice but kill for food and survive with the sorrowful mood in this situation. The harsh and arduous environment forces Pi to a merciless and dare to face the real man with no choice. Therefore, the environment change of having harsh surrounding influences people’s personality of being dispiteous and dare to face the reality. Not only for Pi, Katniss and Peeta are also be sent to an arena where is well-designed and dangerous and the effect of environmental change for their personality is revealed in the same clear manner.      People fear of the uncertain environment especially a place is designed for killing, and there is no exception for Katniss. After preparing before the game, Katniss has accepted the new change and she is no longer afraid and at a loss in order to get well done on it. Even when the game starts, Katniss is still in calm and face to the reality bravely as she said that: “For a moment, my eyes are dazzled by the bright sunlight and I’m conscious only of a strong wind with the hopeful smell of pine trees.” (Collins, 10) The environmental description reveals the unperturbed of Katniss with a modicum of nervous when she the reality. Except for the personality of facing the reality bravely, the unmerciful arena also drives Katniss into a truculent person. Katniss has undergone a very big transformation from not daring to kill to kill people for her friend and she feels numb and upset unprecedented after killing the guy who kills Rue like she said that: “I try to hold on to the peaceful feeling of the dream, but it quickly slips away, leaving me sadder and lonelier than ever.” (Collins, 18) This can be seen as the turning point for Katniss’ personality change and change into a girl who dares to kill for survive gradually. As shown above, people’s personality is affected by environmental changes when personal safety is at risk in a different environment. So do Katniss and Peeta, they become the cruel and are able to faith the reality bravely person when they survive in a harsh situation. The effect for one’s personality of environmental changes is apparently showed in both novels of Life of Pi and the Hunger Games. Pi is forced to become a person who dares to kill for feeding both of himself and a tiger and is able to face the reality of his situation by environmental change. Resemble Pi, because of the environmental change, Katniss becomes to a girl who the reality of her situation calmly and get a capacity of killing for surviving. Therefore environment can be crucial for people to change their faiths, minds, and personalities when people have to survive in an unfamiliar environment especially a hazardous place with unbeknown life.     Last but not least, the environmental change of the interests and competition between people also has a plenty of effects on all of the protagonists in both novels such as be able to struggle for their own ability to survive by being bravely and using wisdom. The interests and competition among people throughout the whole novel especially reflect in the scene of Pi on the lifeboat with four other animals, therefore Pi becomes to a brave and intelligent person who can strive for his own ability to survive. At the beginning of the drift, Pi has to live with four animals on one lifeboat through letting animals kill each other by the order of the food chain. The interests and competition are revealed obviously when they kill each other for having their own ability to survive. In order to survive, Pi decides to fight with the hyena bravely just like he said that: “I raised my hands to the level of my chest- the weapons I had against the hyena.” (Martel, 47) During the environment of interests and competition between people and animals, Pi has to overcome the fear in his heart and fight with hyena bravely for his survival. Unfortunately, the hyena is not the only competitor that Pi has to fight with for his interest of surviving, the tiger is another one. The environment of interests and competition for surviving also exist when Pi lives with a tiger on one lifeboat and Pi survives two hundreds and twenty-seven days on this boat with it by using his intelligence. In order to achieve a win-win situation which means both Pi and the tiger have to be alive and fed, Pi makes a decision of training the tiger and coexistence is achieved by defining the boundaries and domain with it like the description in the novel that: “I had to tame him. It was at that moment that I realized this necessity. It was not a question of him or me, but of him and me. We were, literally and figuratively in the same boat. We would live-or we would die together.” (Martel, 57) Those words show that Pi’s potential of intelligent is inspired by the environmental change of interests and competition between Pi and the tiger. The benefit relationship between Pi and animals in this harsh situation drives Pi into a person with bravely personality and wisdom. Finally, the environmental change of the interests of people and even animals affect people’s personality. Same situation in The Hunger Games.      At the beginning of the game, every competitors’ potential of being braved are aroused by the environmental change of finding benefit between others. More players alive means there are more potential dangers to each other, therefore they have to strive for their own ability to survive through killing others since: “A boy, I think from District 9, reaches the pack at the same time I do and for a brief time we grapple for it and then he coughs, splattering my face with blood.” (Collins, 11) This shows that participants begin to compete for their own interests from the beginning of the game by killing Competitors bravely. Unsimilar to other players, Peeta didn’t fight with others for striving his own ability to survive, he chooses to follow other two players and become to a small group and fight together: “When all along, all along he’d planned to throw himself into the thick of things.” (Collins, 12) Cooperation is always more efficient than working alone for normal people, so does Peeta. Fighting for people’s own ability to survive in the environment with interests and competitions by using intelligent with the personality of bravely is advisable just like all players in this novel. To conclude, the environmental changes with interests and competitions inside inspired people’s bravely personality and intelligent. It is showed in both novels of Life of Pi and The Hunger Games obviously. For Pi, he fights for the benefit and domain that he deserved bravely and quick-witted, same as all players in the arena in The Hunger Games. Therefore, the environmental change with interests and competitions does affect people a lot of their personalities.      To sum up, both Life of Pi and The Hunger Games reveal the virtual of environmental changes as Pi, Katniss and Peeta’s personalities changes. Three types of environmental changes of families leave, hazardous situation and interests and competition among people affect people’s personality changes especially for those protagonists in both novels. However, although both novels are written about the similar survive stories, they do not happily end in the same manner and the personality change for Katniss can be seen as the foreshadowing for the content of following serious of The Hunger Games. As Isabel Allende said, human’s capacity for survival is assignable if their potential and personalities are inspired by the environmental changes, thus situation can be seen as a crucial point to motivate people to physically and mentally thrive. Work CitedYann, Martel. Life of Pi. New York: Harcourt, 2001. Print.Suzanne, Collins. The Hunger Games. U.S.A: Scholastic, 2009. Print.1 “Isabel Allende Quotes” Xplore, BrainyQuote. Web. December 24, 2017