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# Textaufgabe 2

Aufgaben

## Part 3: Literature

$\blacktriangleright\;$ Thema:
Excerpt from Yann Martel, Life of Pi (2001)
$\blacktriangleright\;$ Aufgabenstellung:
Your English class is doing a project on "Young Heroes - Facts and Fiction". Your Your English class is doing a project on "Young Heroes - Fact and Fiction. Your task is to write an article for the project journal on the impact of young heroes in literature and film on young people. You have been given an excerpt from Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi as a starting point.
1.
To prepare your eessay, you
• outline Pi's situation in the lifeboat and the different emotions he goes through.
• Compare how Pi copes with his situation to how Billy Elliot meets the challenges he is confronted with when pursuing his dream of dancing.
• #outline
2.
On the basis of your findings, write your article in which you discuss the question whether young heroes in literature and film like Pi and Billy Elliot might be an inspiration for young people today.
#discussion

## Yann Martel, Life of Pi (Excerpt)

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As an adult, Pi describes his experience as the only survivor of a shipwreck. When he was fifteen his family wanted to emigrate from their home in India to Canada. During the passage to Canada the ship sank. With the exception of Pi and a few animals from a zoo, which were also aboard the ship, all the passengers drowned.
1
I slept all morning. I was roused by anxiety. That tide of food, water and rest that flowed through my weakened system, bringing me a new lease on life, also brought me the strength to see how desperate my situation was. I awoke to the reality of Richard Parker. There was a tiger in the lifeboat. I could hardly believe it, yet I knew I had to.
5
And I had to safe myself. I considered jumping overboard and swimming away, but my body refused to move. I was hundreds of miles from landfall, if not over a thousand miles. l couldn't swim such a distance, even with a lifebuoy. What would I eat? What would I drink? How would l keep the sharks away? How would I keep warm? How would I know which way to go? There was not a shadow of doubt about the matter: to
10
to leave the lifeboat meant certain death. But what was staying aboard? He would come at me like a typical cat. without a sound. Before I knew it he would seize the back of my neck or my throat and I would be pierced by fang-holes. I wouldn't be able to speak. The lifeblood would flow out of me unmarked by a final utterance. Or he would kill me by clubbing me with one of his great paws, breaking my neck.
15
"I'm going to die," I blubbered through quivering lips.
Oncoming death is terrible enough, but worse still is oncoming death with time to spare, time in which all the happiness that was yours and all the happiness that might have been becomes clear to you. You see with utter lucidity all that you are losing. The sight brings on an oppressive sadness that no car about to hit you or warter about to
20
drown you can match. The feeling is truly unbearable. The words Father, Mother, Ravi, India, Winnipeg struck me with searing poignancy.
I was giving up. I would have given up - if a voice hadn't made itself heard in my heart. The voice said, "I will not die. I refuse it. I will make it through this nightmare. I will beat the odds, as great as they are. I have survived so far, miraculosly. Now I will turn
25
miracle into routine. The amazing will be seen every day. I will put in all the hard work necessary. Yes, so long as God is with me, I will not die. Amen." My face set to a grim and determined expression. I speak in all modesty as I say this, but I discovered at that moment that I have a fierce will to live. It's not something evident, in my experience. Some of us give up on life with only a resigned sigh. Others fight a little, then lose hope.
30
Others fight a little, then lose hope. Still others -and I am one of those- never give up. We fight and fight and fight. We fight no matter the cost of battle, the losses we take, the improbability of success. We fight to the very end. It's not a question of courage. It's something constitutional, an inability to let go. It may be nothing more than life-hungry stupidity.
35
Richard Parker started growling that very instant, as if he had been waiting for me to become a worthy opponent. My chest became tight with fear.
"Quick, man, quick," I wheezed. I had to organize my survival. Not a second to waste. I needed shelter and right away. […]
I built a raft.

1 roused - woken up
2 bringing me a new lease on life - here: making me more energetic and active than before
3/4 Richard Parker - name of the tiger on board
12 fang - Fangzhan
14to club - to hit
18 to see with utter lucidity - to see very clearly
20Ravi - name of Pi's brother
21Winnipeg - the town in Canada that Pi's family wanted to emigrate to
21with searing poignancy - with extreme sadness
23/24to beat the odds - to overcome all difficulties although the chances are not good

Aus: Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2001).
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## Part 3: Literature

$\blacktriangleright\;$ Thema:
Excerpt from Yann Martel, Life of Pi (2001)
$\blacktriangleright\;$ Aufgabenstellung:
Your English class is doing a project on "Young Heroes - Facts and Fiction". Your English class is doing a project on "Young Heroes - Fact and Fiction. Your task is to write an article for the project journal on the impact of young heroes in literature and film on young people. You have been given an excerpt from Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi as a starting point.
1.
To prepare your essay, you
• outline Pi's situation in the lifeboat and the different emotions he goes through.
• compare how Pi copes with his situation to how Billy Elliot meets the challenges he is confronted with when pursuing his dream of dancing.
• Deine erste Aufgabe besteht darin, dass du Pis Situation im Rettungsboot beschreibst. Du solltest dich darauf konzentrieren, die Erfahrung sowie die emotionale Reaktion herauszuarbeiten.
Wenn du dich mit diesen Aspekten in deinem Text beschäftigst, solltest du deine Argumentationslinie mit direkten und indirekten Zitaten untermauern. Damit stellst du einen direkten Bezug zum Textauszug dar. Formuliere jedoch eigenständig und löse dich vom Text.
Es ist außerdem wichtig, dass du deinem Text eine Struktur verpasst. Es kann hilfreich sein, wenn du dir diese Struktur vor Beginn des Schreibens festhältst und dann abarbeitest.
Im Anschluss daran sollst du die Situation von Pi und Bill Elliot vergleichen. Stelle diese beiden Protagnosisten gegnüber und überprüfe, ob es Schnittmengen gibt, ob die beiden ähnliche Situationen durchlaufen.
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## Part 3: Literature

$\blacktriangleright\;$ Thema:
Excerpt from Yann Martel, Life of Pi (2001)
$\blacktriangleright\;$ Aufgabenstellung:
Your English class is doing a project on "Young Heroes - Facts and Fiction". Your English class is doing a project on "Young Heroes - Fact and Fiction. Your task is to write an article for the project journal on the impact of young heroes in literature and film on young people. You have been given an excerpt from Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi as a starting point.
1.
To prepare your essay, you
• outline Pi's situation in the lifeboat and the different emotions he goes through.
• Compare how Pi copes with his situation to how Billy Elliot meets the challenges he is confronted with when pursuing his dream of dancing.
• Tipp
Deine erste Aufgabe besteht darin, dass du Pis Situation im Rettungsboot beschreibst. Du solltest dich darauf konzentrieren, die Erfahrung sowie die emotionale Reaktion herauszuarbeiten.
Wenn du dich mit diesen Aspekten in deinem Text beschäftigst, solltest du deine Argumentationslinie mit direkten und indirekten Zitaten untermauern. Damit stellst du einen direkten Bezug zum Textauszug dar. Formuliere jedoch eigenständig und löse dich vom Text.
Es ist außerdem wichtig, dass du deinem Text eine Struktur verpasst. Es kann hilfreich sein, wenn du dir diese Struktur vor Beginn des Schreibens festhältst und dann abarbeitest.
Im Anschluss daran sollst du die Situation von Pi und Bill Elliot vergleichen. Stelle diese beiden Protagnosisten gegnüber und überprüfe, ob es Schnittmengen gibt, ob die beiden ähnliche Situationen durchlaufen.
Tipp
Deine erste Aufgabe besteht darin, dass du Pis Situation im Rettungsboot beschreibst. Du solltest dich darauf konzentrieren, die Erfahrung sowie die emotionale Reaktion herauszuarbeiten.
Wenn du dich mit diesen Aspekten in deinem Text beschäftigst, solltest du deine Argumentationslinie mit direkten und indirekten Zitaten untermauern. Damit stellst du einen direkten Bezug zum Textauszug dar. Formuliere jedoch eigenständig und löse dich vom Text.
Es ist außerdem wichtig, dass du deinem Text eine Struktur verpasst. Es kann hilfreich sein, wenn du dir diese Struktur vor Beginn des Schreibens festhältst und dann abarbeitest.
In the excerpt of Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi we find the main protagonist Pi in a peculiar situation. Pi wanted to emigrate from India to Canada with his family. Unfortunately, the ship sinks and Pi finds himself in a lifeboat with a few animals from the zoo, including the tiger named Richard Parker. All the other passengers have drowned and Pi is on his own. I now want to take a closer look at this situation of Pi and how he handles this unique situation.
Einleitung
Pi's situation seems very desperate as soon as he wakes up in the lifeboat. In a boat with a hungry tiger and surrounded by water as far as the eye can see.The situation seems hopeless and Pi acknowledges this by saying: "'I'm going to die'" (Text, line 15) Swimming does not seem to be an option just as staying in the boat with a tiger. The situation is bleak. Pi comes to the conclusion that he would drown and reaching the shore seems impossible. He becomes sad and desperate. The thought of death creeps into his mind "I was giving up" (Text, line 23) and he seems to be of the brink of accepting his fate.
Yet an inner voice stops him from giving up and makes him fight for his life. The tiger awakes and at the same time Pi's will to survive is sparked. All of the sudden he is both frightened and motivitated. He takes his fate into his own hands and builds a raft which is tied to the boat. With this new sense for perserverance Pi understands that he can make it, even though the odds are stacked against him.
Hauptteil
Pis Situation
Similar to Pi there is Billy Elliot, who is also facing an uphill battle. Both teenagers have a great deal of determination and perseverance to cope with the difficult situations that they face. Yet there are also differences. Let's compare these two characters with each other.
Überleitung
Despite the obstacle that both protagonists are facing they don't give in. Just when Pi is ready to give up in his boat an inner voice is stopping him from that. He starts to "organize survival" by building a raft (Text, line 39). Billy Elliot shows the same character traits. He also questions his own abilities to dance. Only a few people believe in his talent. Yet he manages to convince even his traditional father, who had always doubted him. Billy understands during the cause of the story that he has to rely on himself. Others will only take you so far - it is the man in the mirror that has to keep pushing. This line of thinking also resonates in Pi and his will to survive.
Vergleich Billy und Pi Gemeinsamkeiten
Pi and Billy, however, are not interchangeable, because they differ in some aspects. They are faced with completely different situation; while Pi finds himself in a life-threatening situation with a hungry tiger, Billy only wants to achieve what he loves doing, which is dancing. Pi is also alone in his fight for survival and cannot expect any help, while Billy has supporters like his dancing teacher. Billy has to face stigmatization which puts him under a great deal of pressure. Yet this situation is not even remotely comparable to Pi's situation when looking at the threat of the situation.
Vergleich Billy und Pi Unterschiede
To conclude, one can make the argument that the protagonists Pi and Bill have a lot in common when it comes to their attitude and their will to succeed. Both are portrayed as underdogs that have to fight an uphill battle in order to achieve their goals. However, their goals and the realities differ greatly from each other.
Schluss
#outline#comparison
2.
On the basis of your findings, write your article in which you discuss the question whether young heroes in literature and film like Pi and Billy Elliot might be an inspiration for young people today.
Tipp
In dieser Aufgabe sollst du die Frage diskutieren, ob fiktionale Charaktere als Vorbilder dienen können. Hier gibt es kein richtig oder falsch, beide Seiten können vertreten werden, wenn nachvollziehbar argumentiert wird. Sobald du eine Meinung für dich gebildet hast, kannst du damit anfangen Argumente auf einem Notizpapier zu sammeln.
Gehe in deiner Argumentation nochmals sowohl auf Pi als auch auf Billy ein. Da du einen Artikel schreibst, solltest du eine Überschrift benutzen sowie die Struktur von Einleitung, Hauptteil und Schluss befolgen.
Tipp
In dieser Aufgabe sollst du die Frage diskutieren, ob fiktionale Charaktere als Vorbilder dienen können. Hier gibt es kein richtig oder falsch, beide Seiten können vertreten werden, wenn nachvollziehbar argumentiert wird. Sobald du eine Meinung für dich gebildet hast, kannst du damit anfangen Argumente auf einem Notizpapier zu sammeln.
Gehe in deiner Argumentation nochmals sowohl auf Pi als auch auf Billy ein. Da du einen Artikel schreibst, solltest du eine Überrschrift benutzen sowie die Struktur von Einleitung, Hauptteil und Schluss befolgen.

## Heroes deserve a place in our life

Who does not know the feeling of being down? Who has not found himself in a situation that seems impossible to solve? In these moments of despair it is important to have a hero or a role model that can spark our self-motivation and get us back up on our feet. That is why I think role models should have a place in our life. It does not matter whether that is a real person or a fictional character like Pi and Billy Elliot. Those can also be an inspiration in our every-day life.
Einleitung
In the case of Billy and Pi it is easy to be impressed by them. The obstacle that they overcome in novel and movie seem pretty big compared to the problems that we might face from day to day. Often times it only needs a change of perspective to see that our problems might not seem so complicated compared to what Pi had to face. I mean he spent several weeks on the sea with a hungry tiger as his closest companion! The fight that he puts up during the novel is really admireable and can serve as an examle for us.
Hauptteil
Vorbilder Pi und Elliot
Determination, as in the case of Pi and Elliot, is very important in life. This is why people who lack this kind of determination can profit form a role model like Pi. They can motivate themselves by asking: Would Pi surrender in a situation like this? The logical answer would most certainly be no.
Billy Elliot can serve as a role model for people who find themselves in a minority, since Billy fights against gender prejudices and stereotypes. Recalling personal hero can be important for many people - it can push people and help them to achieve their very own goals.
Entschlossenheit
Now some people might argue that Pi and Billy Elliot are only fictional character. This is true and perfectly fine. While some people might prefer real heroes like a nurse or some prominent figure like Martin Luther King, I would make the argument that it does not matter whether the role model is real or not. What matters is that the personal heroes has an lasting effect on the person. That is why I think that any critic on role models is bogus since it is a deeply personal subject which anyone has to define for himself.
Verteidigung
We call heroes those whom we admire and wish to emulate. We need heroes first and foremost because our heroes help define the limits of our aspirations. It does not matter who this hero is. Some of them wear capes and masks others don't. Our heroes are symbols for us of all the qualities we would like to possess and all the ambitions we would like to satisfy. Everybody needs a hero in his or her life!
Schluss
#discussion
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