How Do The Human Beings In Your World Reflect The Animal Behavior Observed By Pi

What can Pi's strategies for dealing with Richard Parker teach us about dealing with other fearsome "caricatures" in our lives?

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Pi is stranded with Richard Parker (the tiger), and while he certainly fears the tiger, he must also learn to live together on their small boat until they reach land. Pi perseveres despite the tiger's occasional aggression, keeping a distance yet trying to form a relationship, and eventually it works. From Pi, people can learn to deal with their own "Richards" with understanding and respect.

 


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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 alter ego, but he also represents Pi's knowledge about wild animals in captivity. The way Pi deals with the tiger parallels how he deals with the rest of his life. For example, Pi comes up with six ways to get rid of Richard Parker in chapter 54. Unfortunately, none of those are possible for one reason or another. As a result, Pi decides to tame Richard Parker in order for both of them to survive....

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