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When the Tsimtsum sinks in "Life of Pi," what does Pi lose besides his possessions and family and what does he gain?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 11, 2008 at 10:12 AM (Answer #1)

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Though Pi had thought more about the nature of the world than most people his age, or indeed, than people of any age. He also had a deeper interest in religion. However, when the ship sinks, he loses two fundamental things: Pi loses his view of the world as a safe place, and he loses his previous understanding of the divine. He had led almost a charmed life, dabbling in this religion and that. Now, on the flip side, he gains immediate experience of life, the nature of the world, and the divine. He comes face to face with his deepest reality.

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