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Pepperdine Journal of Communication Research

Abstract

The following essay seeks to analyze the ending scenes of the 2012 film Life of Pi and discover the rhetorical patterns and devices it employs to create an effective conclusion. The essay ultimately decides that the film employs prominent usage of patterns of repetition and anomaly (with assistance through patterns of omission, relationship and sequencing) to both establish narrative probability and fidelity as well as create a satisfying ending for its characters and its audience. The essay also asserts that the final scenes of the film are a rhetorical situation, and that the film attempts to give its main character Pi a prophetic voice.

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