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Summary and Analysis: Part One—Toronto and Pondicherry—Chapters 33-36

Chapter 33:
Summary
Pi shows the author photos from his past. The author notes that Pi is smiling in the photos taken since his rescue but that his eyes tell a different story. There are only four photos from India which Mamaji sent to Pi. None are of his family, and Pi can hardly remember what his mother looks like.

Analysis
The fact that a picture of Richard Parker is part of Pi's family memorabilia symbolizes the role animals play in Pi's identity.

Chapters 34-35:
Summary
These chapters describe the efforts the Patel family went through as they tried to leave India. Chapter 34 is a comic review of the main bureaucratic and economic obstacles; in chapter 35, the Patels, especially Mrs. Patel, say their emotional farewells to their country.

Analysis
The contrast between Americans and Indians in chapter 34 shows how fully Pi...

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