Even though the two stories are completely different in plotline, the algae island was created from the Garden of Eden story because the Garden of Eden story is well known and there are more similarities than differences. Some differences in the stories are the way the characters left the paradise, the reasons for eating the fruit, and the amount of fruit trees in their paradise. Some similarities are that the fruit became a foreshadow that something bad or evil was going to happen, trees both resulted in death/exile, and the characters are naked.
In the stories of Life of Pi and Genesis, there are many alterations. The way that both the characters depart from the paradise is not relatable. Adam and Eve disobey God’s orders to stay away from the forbidden fruit tree, but they fall into the serpent’s temptation and both eat the fruit. For their betrayal, God cursed them, their children, and the ground. They were exiled from the Garden. Whereas, Pi is exploring the island and he finds a fruit tree. Pi climbed up the tree and picks a fruit. “It shrunk from the size of an orange to that of a mandarin…Understanding dawned upon me…The Island was carnivorous.
This explained the disappearance of fish in the pond,” page 354-355 (Life of Pi). He grabs all the meerkats he can and fills all the water bags with fresh water and waits for Richard Parker to return so they can depart to wherever the waves carry them. The reasons why each character ate the fruit are different. Adam and Eve had all the trees and food they could digest, all they had to do was avoid the single tree that God had instructed them not to touch or eat. Eve ate the fruit out of temptation.
Meanwhile, Pi got a rope climbed up the tree and unraveled what seemed to be not a fruit, but a ball of leaves. “A human tooth…Thirty-two teeth. A complete human set. ” Page 354 (Life of Pi). A third example of the differences between the stories is the amount of fruit trees in the Garden/forest. In the Garden of Eden, there were a large assortment of trees with fruit and many without. Adam and Eve had permission to eat amongst all they wished with the exception of the one tree. On the other hand, there was only one tree with “fruit” in it, which provoked the curiosity level in Pi to discover.
These are some connections between Life of Pi and Genesis 1-3. There were also many relations between the two stories, such as fruit being evil. In the Genesis story, the fruit on the forbidden tree was repulsive. After Adam and Eve ate from the fruit, they were banished from the Garden of Eden and cursed all humankind (sins). Whereas, in Life of Pi, the fruit on the island revealed the island’s true nature. If Pi had never found the fruit and unraveled its leaves, he would have been devoured himself, along with Richard Parker. Secondly, trees resulted in death/exile.
God told Adam that eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil would cause him death (occurred before the creation of Eve). Coincidently, the tree that Pi had found revealed the island’s intentions. Lastly, the characters in both stories were naked. Adam and Eve were some of the first creations; the creation of clothes had not existed yet. Similarly, Pi and Richard Parker were also naked. Pi’s clothes had been demolished by the constant exposure to sea water, and tigers do not wear clothing. These are few key examples representing the differences between Life of Pi and Genesis.
The stories of Genesis and Life of Pi have recognizable comparisons. Some similarities are that the fruit became a foreshadow that something bad or evil was going to happen, trees both resulted in death/exile, and the characters are naked. Some differences in the stories are the way the characters left the paradise, the reasons for eating the fruit, and the amount of fruit trees in their paradise. The differences are increasingly more significant in the stories, due to the amount of similarities. Both stories end in abandonment because of attained knowledge.