Why does Pi have two accounts of his ordeal? Which is the true story, and which one would you rather believe?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Pi finally gives in to the pressure of the men asking him about the story of what happened because they don't want to believe his account with the animals.  For Pi, in some ways he seems to feel that the account with the animal is far more acceptable, both for himself and for others.  The image of the cook cannibalizing his mother and the other sailor and then Pi eating him is so incredibly horrifying that the animal story seems to be far more acceptable as a "true" account.

Pi gives the men the choice as to which they want to believe or recount as the "true" story and they choose the one with the animals as it is in some ways easier to "believe" than the one that is perhaps more "true."