What are some examples of internal and external conflict in the book Life of Pi by Yan Martel?

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At the time of this story, Pi is a middle-aged man living in Canada, retelling the story of his life growing up in India and the dramatic trip he took across the Pacific Ocean. The story focuses on themes related to religion, animal psychology, and existentialism—all brought about through the different conflicts in the story.

One of the external conflicts in the story happens while Pi is on his journey from India to Canada. Pi boards the freighter Tsimtsum with his family after his father sells the zoo he owns. Interestingly, all of the animals from the zoo (who were not rehomed) accompany them on the freighter to Canada. During the journey, after the ship leaves Manila, they encounter a storm that sinks the ship. Pi escapes on a lifeboat, but the boat is also carrying animals: a zebra, a hyena, and the tiger Richard Parker. This is an example of external conflict because the source and the resolution of the conflict are both outside Pi himself.

One of the internal conflicts that Pi...

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