Life of Pi Summary and Analysis: Part Two—The Pacific Ocean—Chapters 78-87

Yann Martel

Summary and Analysis: Part Two—The Pacific Ocean—Chapters 78-87

Chapters 78-79:
Summary
In chapter 78, Pi describes the changing skies and seas he faces, but a castaway's gaze, he says, does not change; it is always a radius with the castaway at the center of the circle. His life as a castaway is a life of opposites, such as wishing to be wet when it is hot, but wishing to be dry when it is raining. Chapter 79 describes the many kinds of sharks that Pi sees, a number of which he catches for food. The first shark that Pi tries to catch is a large mako shark. He grabs it by the tail with his hand and pulls, but it jumps into the air and ends up in the lifeboat. The tiger and the shark fight. Richard Parker wins, but his paw is injured.

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(The entire section is 674 words.)