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Life of Pi

If you go with the non-animal version of the ending, he represents a world in which doing whatever is necessary for survival is not only okay, it is expected and normal. If the tiger does indeed...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2009 5:41 am UTC

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The significance of Pi's name is that he chose it for himself. Pi felt a desire to change his name due to the teasing and torment brought on by the phonetic sound of his birth name, Piscine Molitor...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019 9:11 am UTC

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Pi survives mentally after seven months at sea on a lifeboat by keeping his mind busy with the following: completing daily tasks, such as reading, fishing and writing a diary; taming Richard...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016 8:28 pm UTC

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Since Pi practices faith in three major religions, he draws upon all of them to pull him through his suffering on the lifeboat. Not only does his commitment to three different religions show that...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2017 3:38 pm UTC

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I thought it might be interesting to expand a bit upon the "clerical error" mentioned above. There is an interesting bit of irony involved, for sure. The tiger's name should have been "Thirsty."...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2013 3:35 am UTC

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Pi grows up as a Hindu and loves the trappings of the religion. His mother took him to a temple in Madurai. He says that the color, sound, and mystery of the temple stayed with him and made him...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 9:36 pm UTC

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Pi's mother and father both die in the sinking of the Tsimtsum, the Japanese freighter vessel meant to transport the animals to North America. It is important to note that Pi's mother is part of...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019 11:00 am UTC

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Richard Parker, the adult Bengal tiger who ended up in the lifeboat with Pi, helped keep Pi Patel alive in many ways in Yann Martel's novel Life Of Pi. One way Richard Parker contributed to Pi's...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2018 9:49 pm UTC

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The answer to this question isn't likely possible to know without having the author create some kind of list or explanation that tells readers what parts are real, what parts are based on reality,...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2018 11:14 am UTC

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Exposition refers to the beginning of a story, where the author establishes a setting, introduces the characters, and provides a foundation for all of the coming action and conflict. We get to...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2009 1:19 pm UTC

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Let us look at the “significant events” of Life of Pi in terms of its plot elements. The exposition introduces the characters and the setting. It is most often found at the beginning. Therefore,...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2013 4:42 pm UTC

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Pi uses the structure of religious ritual and scientific study in order to survive. This is part of his maturity. But, he also had to compromise some of his values by eating human flesh and...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2011 11:29 am UTC

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Yann Martel's Life of Pi is chock full of metaphors, so I will focus on religious and animal metaphors in this post. Religious Metaphors: 1. "In a second everyone was laughing. It fell away as we...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2017 11:00 pm UTC

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Pi led an interesting life since childhood. At one point he simultaneously observed three religions (Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam). Unfortunately, he lost both his parents and his brother in a...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2016 12:57 pm UTC

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Pi's knowledge of zoos and zookeeping uniquely equipped him to survive his ocean voyage with a 450-pound Bengal tiger. He had a healthy fear of the tiger, he established his territory as an animal...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2018 4:52 pm UTC

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Pi describes the sloth as a beautiful example of the miracle of life because of the animal’s nature and characteristics. Pi got a chance to study the sloth in its natural habitat in the equatorial...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2017 9:56 am UTC

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By telling the reader that the story has a happy ending, it relieves some of the tension that the reader is feeling and will feel throughout the book. The book is very tense throughout the second...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2015 2:19 pm UTC

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Yes, you are correct in your surmise about the meaning of the quote! It is saying that doubt paralyzes us. If we are constantly plagued with doubt, we will never make a mistake, but we will never...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2018 8:38 pm UTC

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I'll start with a broad overview of Pi and his knowledge of science and religion. First, Pi's knowledge and usage of religion is quite broad and tolerant. That's why he is able to combine...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019 7:34 pm UTC

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Chapter 8 is when Pi's father gives him a lesson that he never forgets. Against his mother's wishes, Pi's father takes the whole family down to Mahisha's (the Bengal tiger) enclosure where a goat...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016 8:20 pm UTC

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When Pi and Richard Parker are at the beginning of their journey, after Pi's family is killed in the shipwreck, Pi fears Richard Parker, but he is forced to find a way to co-exist with him in order...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2016 9:35 pm UTC

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Throughout Life of Pi, author Yann Martel relies heavily on imagery to bolster a realistic atmosphere within a fantastic setting and highly improbable narrative. The detailed imagery supports the...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2020 4:08 am UTC

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In the novel The Life of Pi, Pi is very close to his uncle, Mamaji, who is in reality just a close family friend but acts as an uncle and teacher to Pi. Mamaji is a champion swimmer and has swam in...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019 12:41 pm UTC

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I want to respond to lisaburg's questions regarding the symbolism of the blind Frenchman. One of the wonderful things about literature is its personal relationship with the reader, the fact that a...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2007 1:25 am UTC

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Pi Patel, the narrator and main character in Life of Pi, received the name Piscine Molitor from his father, who named him after a swimming pool in Paris, France. Unfortunately, since the name was...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019 3:16 am UTC

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The answer here is subjective, and various readers are going to have their own thoughts on it; however, it is important to look at Pi's entire statement regarding death and love because the second...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2020 3:28 pm UTC

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Pi's father, as the owner and manager of a zoo, taught Pi many lessons about the nature of animals. and about human interactions with him. The most memorable is when he leads Pi to the tiger cage...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2009 12:56 pm UTC

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On this subject, though Pi notes that “In a general way we mean how our species’ excessive predatoriness has made the entire planet our prey,” what he is really talking about it the ignorant...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016 6:37 pm UTC

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The animals on the boat are a zebra, which is wounded; a vicious hyena; a loving orangutan; and a tiger with a very human name, Richard Parker. In Pi's first account of what happens on the boat,...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2009 4:31 am UTC

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Chapter 8 in Martel's Life of Pi has two critical sentences that are meaningful to the real world as well as to the story. The first sentence in the chapter is as follows: "We commonly say in the...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2016 7:00 pm UTC

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When the Tsimtsum--the Japanese freighter that was intended to transport the Patels' animals to their new zoo in North America--sinks in the horrific storm, Pi Patel must cope with more than the...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2016 7:51 pm UTC

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Yann Martel's title character in the novel The Life of Pi follows Maslow's hierarchy of needs, but not in the order of the pyramid as presented by Maslow. An argument could be made that Yann Martel...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2017 11:31 pm UTC

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I wonder--could you tell my jumbled story in exactly one hundred chapters, not one more, not one less? The number one hundred is a very "ordered" number. Ending with the very even and very...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2013 2:45 am UTC

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When Pi begins being teased about his full name, Piscine, and mockingly nicknamed "Pissing Patel," he decides to take matters into his own hands. When he begins as a student at a new school, he...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2019 12:56 pm UTC

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The quotation "When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling" appears at the beginning of Life of Pi. In making this remark, Pi is revealing that...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2020 11:11 am UTC

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Tough question. Normally the climax of a book is super easy to nail down. That's not the case with Yann Martel's Life of Pi. I've actually read one analysis that listed the ship's sinking as the...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2015 2:18 am UTC

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When Pi first introduces the belief that man is the most dangerous among all animals, he discusses what zoos around the world have to deal with when visitors interact with the animals. Humans are...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2016 4:10 pm UTC

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Pi’s earliest mentor is Francis Adirubasamy, whom he calls Mamaji. Mamaji is a former champion swimmer who tried to teach Pi’s mother and father to swim, without success. When Pi reaches the age of...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 3:59 am UTC

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In each of the three religions he finds something he likes or needs. He is attracted to Christianity because of the story and because of its existence in the present. Pi says, "The first thing...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2007 3:56 pm UTC

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Pi is born Piscine Molitor Patel. Pi received his given name as homage to a family friend, Francis Adirubasamy. Pi renamed himself to escape ongoing jokes about his name. Rather than be called...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2007 6:17 am UTC

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In the end, Pi joins three different religions, because all of them have something that appeals to him. As far as Christianity goes, the first thing that attracts Pi to is is the wonderful and...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2009 2:48 pm UTC

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Pi tells two versions of his ship sinking and time on the life boat. One story is quite logical in its telling and does not include any animals. The other story is a tale of epic proportions...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019 1:41 am UTC

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Pi is an incredibly wise character, and reading about his life and religion philosophies is a highlight of the book for many readers. It is always interesting to read about how Pi personally mixed...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2018 3:11 pm UTC

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Despite having the same name, Satish Kumar and Satish Kumar are different people in the book. Pi takes a moment to explain to readers that both names are quite common, so it didn't surprise him...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2021 3:44 pm UTC

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In chapter 53, Pi gives a physical description of Richard Parker as he emerges from underneath the tarpaulin. He is enormous, strong, and beautiful at the same time. He also creates fear in Pi as...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2016 3:39 pm UTC

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This is a very interesting question—it can be rephrased as, how do each of the animals function as metaphors for Pi's personality? On the lifeboat, the hyena is aggressive and violent, killing both...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2019 1:51 am UTC

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One reason that Pi mentions for being a Hindu is that when he was young, too young to even remember consciously, his mother and aunt brought him to Hindu rituals, and the sensory experience of...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2009 12:20 pm UTC

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The quote in question appears at the very end of chapter seven, and it is one of my favorite quotes from the entire text. I'll be honest about it. It is not atheists who get stuck in my craw, but...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2019 12:51 am UTC

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Although the floating carnivorous island in the Life of Pi is fictitious, there are ecosystems on this earth that are changing so drastically that many carnivorous animals are finding themselves...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2015 2:42 pm UTC

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The quote you have highlighted is a perfect example of a metaphor, as it compares the memory of Pi to an ocean where he is bobbing up and down on it. Of course, when we read the entire book, we can...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2012 2:23 pm UTC

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