Summary and Analysis: Part Two—The Pacific Ocean—Chapters 47-57
The next day, the zebra dies. That afternoon the hyena attacks Orange Juice. She fights back, but the hyena kills her and bites her head completely off. Pi looks away, and sees Richard Parker's head under the bench.
The ecosystem aboard the lifeboat is being whittled away, becoming simplified, and reducing Pi's chances to hide. Soon he will have to be part of it.
Pi sees Orange Juice as a "simian Christ on the Cross" when she is killed. This indicates both his wish to think that suffering has meaning and his recognition that in some ways she did die to save him.
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