What is the author trying to say about basic human needs in Life of Pi, and what (four) quotes would support these needs?

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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 agrees with Maslow's assessment of needs, but not the order in which he presented them. 

Abraham Maslow developed his hierarchy of needs in his 1954 book Motivation and Personality.  He theorized, and his theory has been widely accepted in the field of psychology. His theory states that humans have the following basic needs: physiological, safety needs, social belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. Physiological needs are the basic needs that must be met in order for a person to survive. Safety needs include personal security, as well as other needs like health, well-being, and financial needs. Social belonging needs include family, relationships, friendships, and intimacy. Esteem is the need to feel respected. Self-actualization is the need to fulfill all the potential inherent in a...

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