How does hunger play a role in Life of Pi?The hunger can be real or symbolic.

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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In Part II, it is hunger that brings Pi out of his hoplessness.  He is physically driven to find food and water, and the movement brings him around spiritiually and emotionally as well.  He is finally able to realistically assess his situation on the raft and begin to deal with his bizarre situation.