Richard Parker in "The Life of Pi"?  What role does Richard Parker play for Pi in "The Life of Pi"?  What does the tiger symbolize in Pi's mind and experience?

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Richard Parker is also the symbolic manifestation of Pi's duality.  Yes, he has a civilized human side, but he also has a savage side that surfaces when survival mode kicks in.  Because this savage side is hard to accept or deal with, Pi creates his alter ego, Richard Parker.

I agree that Richard Parker is a manifestation of Pi's fears. But I believe he is also a representation of his strength. It is a strength he didn't know that he had until he had to face it, to turn his fear into power (i.e, taming Richard Parker). In a sense, Richard...

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