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What is Truth? 

Is there such a thing as an objective truth?

Life of Pi is an extremely relevant text in today’s society where truth and story, fact and fiction are increasingly difficult to discern. It offers a deep philosophical exploration of truth that can inform the way we think about the world today. 

Students will take on the role of philosophers exploring the nature of truth through their study of Life of Pi and other contemporary media texts.  

 

In exploring the question, they will consider the implications of living in a world where truth is not only defined in different ways but also is increasingly difficult to discern

 

Key tasks

  • Thematic exploration. Students will explore the themes of narrative, plot, and story in Life of Pi. They examine the portrayal of the ideal and how it is interwoven into the fabric of the text  

  • A post-truth world. Students consider the role of truth in today’s ‘post-truth’ world. They look at how fake news and the increasing polarisation of society has made the search for an objective truth harder to find and, in some cases, irrelevant 

Key facts:

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Curriculum information

English – Life of Pi

ACELY1739 & ACELT1633 | VCELT435-445 | EN5-1A, 5-5C

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Duration

15 - 20 lessons