Why does Pi use plan seven to keep him alive? What is the significance of the number seven?

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In chapter 54, Pi considers the odds of survival while living on a lifeboat with a 450-pound tiger. They aren't good. So, he considers a few options he might have for getting rid of Richard Parker. Pushing him off of the lifeboat first comes to mind; but, with tigers being very good swimmers, he could just swim over and climb back in the boat. Then Pi thinks of attacking him with six morphine syringes, attacking him with all available weaponry, choking him with rope, poisoning him, setting him on fire, and electrocuting him. These ideas are flawed because of the lack of...

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