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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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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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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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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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In Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi, there is, at the beginning of the novel, an author's note. It is here that Martel says, "This book was born as I was hungry." He goes on to describe the debut of...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2017, 2:28 am (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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Richard Parker's ferocity in life equals Pi's resolve to find land; therefore, the two together fight to survive almost a year at sea alone on a lifeboat. Richard Parker not only represents Pi's...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2016, 9:44 pm (UTC)

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The family's circumstances in Pondicherry lead to Pi's parents' decision to leave India and emigrate to Canada. Without this motivation driving the story, the entire plot revolving around Pi's...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019, 10:23 pm (UTC)

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In Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, the three-toed sloth represents the miracles of nature and the connections between humans and the natural world. Pi studied the three-toed sloth for his zoology thesis...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2021, 4:21 pm (UTC)

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Mr. Patel seems to merge his knowledge of animals and running zoos with his ideas of parenting in Martel's Life of Pi. Mr. Patel draws parallels from the animal kingdom to the human world while...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2016, 9:00 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Pi refers to the "elusive, irrational number" in which he found refuge, he means that through the name of a mathematical symbol, he was able to create a new name for himself, thereby gaining...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2021, 8:05 am (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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Quite simply, the name of the ship is the Tsimtsum. The Tsimtsum is a cargo ship based out of Japan. The necessity of a frieghter is apparent because the Patel family own a zoo in India. Their...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2013, 2:22 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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In Life of Pi, there are two separate accounts of what happens on the lifeboat: in one, Pi is alone with animals from the zoo, including the orangutan, Orange Juice. In the other, Pi is on the boat...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2021, 1:15 pm (UTC)

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In Yann Martel's Life of Pi, a young boy rewrites his traumatic experiences in an attempt to cope with them and dissociate from them. In Pi's alternate version of reality, he finds himself sharing...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2021, 1:55 pm (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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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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Mr. Kumar is important to Pi in several ways. As a biologist and animal lover, Kumar inspired Pi to study zoology in Toronto. But as a rationalist and skeptic, Kumar taught Pi about the...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2021, 1:48 pm (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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In Catholicism, limbo is a place in the afterlife where those who die in original sin are sent rather than going to hell. The Limbo of Infants is the hypothetical status of unbaptized...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2007, 6:27 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of chapter 46, Pi's smile unbends because he begins to lose hope of being rescued. This dawning realization foreshadows how long he will actually have to spend at sea. Both the...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2020, 7:49 pm (UTC)

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There are some similarities. Pi is onboard a small ship with a few animals who are all in some state of difficulty. There is a struggle for survival; Noah has to care for animals he has no real...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2008, 2:01 am (UTC)

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Both these quotes deal with the nature of internal struggle, the first about evil and the second about fear. The first quote is making a case against the idea of “evil” as an outside, corrupting...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2020, 9:44 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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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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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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Pi has a harrowing and life-changing experience—being lost at sea when his family’s boat capsizes. He is now an orphan who is grieving the loss of his family. As an Indian boy, Pi does believe in a...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2018, 5:01 pm (UTC)

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Pi's family owns a zoo in Pondicherry, India; the zoo means a great deal to Pi, who basically grew up surrounded by animals. After realizing that they can no longer live comfortably in India due to...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2021, 12:21 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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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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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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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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Chapters 21 and 22 of Yann Martel's novel The Life of Pi are at the core of the novel because they grapple with and seek to answer the core theme, which is the existence or absence of God. In his...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2017, 2:06 am (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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There are two Mr. Satish Kumars in Life of Pi. The first Mr. Kumar is Pi's rationalistic biology teacher at the Petit Séminaire. A Communist, he is the first openly atheist individual Pi has ever...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2021, 12:17 pm (UTC)

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I think for this answer, we should look at Pi's mention of the journal at the end of chapter 73. It is here that Pi tells his readers that he kept a journal, and he then informs readers about what...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020, 6:17 pm (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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Previously, at his first school named St. Joseph's, Pi was bullied for his full name Piscine. Other students would make fun of his name because it sounded like the English word "pissing." Like...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2013, 8:23 pm (UTC)

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There are many different opinions of what fiction is, but this is not an unrealistic explanation of what it is. The selective transformation of reality means that there is a grain of truth in...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2019, 8:23 pm (UTC)

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When the lifeboat that Pi Patel and Richard Parker the tiger have been sharing for 227 days reaches the shores of Mexico, it is understandable that authorities have their doubts about his story....

Latest answer posted August 14, 2020, 11:03 am (UTC)

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