Life of Pi Summary and Analysis: Part Two—The Pacific Ocean—Chapters 88-94

Yann Martel

Summary and Analysis: Part Two—The Pacific Ocean—Chapters 88-94

Chapter 88:
Summary
The lifeboat runs into some floating trash, and Pi finds a rotted lamb in a floating refrigerator. He pulls a corked bottle from the trash, puts a message in it, and launches it in the water.

Analysis
Given Pi's powerful religious leanings, the lamb should be taken as symbolic. After becoming a killer as he has, Pi is no longer innocent (as a lamb), but rotten.

Chapter 89:
Summary
Pi describes how everything suffered on the lifeboat from exposure to the weather, and how Pi and Richard Parker were slowing dying. His pens ran dry, ending his diary. His last entry is "I die."

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(The entire section is 972 words.)