Life of Pi Summary and Analysis: Part Two—The Pacific Ocean—Chapters 37-46

Yann Martel

Summary and Analysis: Part Two—The Pacific Ocean—Chapters 37-46

Chapter 37:
Summary
This chapter begins with a dramatic line: "The ship sank." After that event, Pi is in the lifeboat, screaming for Richard Parker to swim to the boat. Pi screams at heaven, throws first a life buoy, then an oar, to try to save Richard Parker, who finally makes it on board. In the chapter's last paragraph there is another telling line, "Truly I was to be the next goat."

Analysis
This chapter marks the beginning of Pi's tremendous ordeal, but also demonstrates how his mind works. In the lifeboat in the heat of the moment, Pi calls to heaven for explanations, always seeking divine meaning even in the midst of loss. He also tries to save...

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