Why two stories? What do the two stories provide Pi Patel? What does the two-story structure provide Yann Martel as a writer?

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The first of the two stories in question is that of Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi), who survived for 227 days after the ship carrying him and his family, along with a collection of zoo animals, sank in the Pacific. When the ship sank, Pi ended up sharing a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a Bengal tiger. When Pi is rescued, the Japanese Ministry of Transport is skeptical and the officials investigating the shipwreck don't quite believe this first story. As a result, Pi tells them a second story, in which the animals are replaced by people. After having told the...

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