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I know there is symbolism behind the hyena (descent into savagery) and the orangutan...

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hollykat27 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 20, 2008 at 10:07 PM via web

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I know there is symbolism behind the hyena (descent into savagery) and the orangutan but what does the zebra represent about Pi or his character?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 3, 2008 at 7:32 AM (Answer #2)

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The zebra represents the danger of passivity. If Pi chooses to simply sit and wait, circumstances (and predators) will tear him apart. Therefore, that is not an option for him. He can't just draw back and avoid the tiger. He must enter into an active struggle for dominance with it, contesting for mastery.

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froger | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 9, 2011 at 7:11 AM (Answer #3)

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descent into savagery

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gr8712 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 18, 2011 at 1:05 PM (Answer #4)

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the zebra represts streangth and the will to survive even though the hyena was killing the zebra, he tryedv to stay alive. The zebra can also be an example of innocence or vulnerability it was what could have happened to pi if instinct hadnt taken over andthe will to survive hadnt  been strong. its kill or be killed.

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dandelionmontez | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 25, 2012 at 5:09 PM (Answer #5)

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THey all repressent Pi's animal like characteristic

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