What are some similarities between the character of Pi (from Life of Pi) and Macbeth?

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"The smell of blood filled my nose. Something in me died then that has never come back to life" (Chapter 90).

Pi says this in the moment when he fully loses his innocence, when the Frenchman climbs into his boat and a fight to survive commences. As Pi tells the story, Richard Parker kills the Frenchman—but whether this is a literal truth or a way of Pi explaining what he himself has done for survival, the end result is the same. The Frenchman is dead, Pi is able to feed off of him to live, and Pi's innocence is gone. Although alive, he feels something in him has died.

"Still it cried, “Sleep no more!” to all the house.
“Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor
Shall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep no...

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