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After sometimes, only the strong animals seem to survive in the jungle. Pi watches helplessly as the spotted hyena kills the zebra. The tiger nonetheless is amused by the act of hyena. The tiger, Richard Parker, due to his friendly nature, subsequently dispatches the orang-utan before it.
Secondly, the tiger is a naturally interdependent animal in habit (Baker & Margaret 85). Pi, through his book, sets about conditioning the tiger through his appealing and rewarding behaviour. He offers the tiger food and fresh water so that the two can co-exist in the boat. Tiger and Pi remain on the verge of starvation for a few months. This was not until they realized an uncharted island, which is packed with bountiful meerkat population and fresh vegetation. After a little survival on fresh vegetables, Tiger and Pi got their way out of starvation by identifying carnivore’s algae along the island (Martel 342). These algae nonetheless were acidic hence would consume them when the storm comes. Pi and tiger, therefore, took fresh vegetables and sailed away in fear of being consumed by the island’s acidity. They were in Mexican coast when their lifeboat made a landfall again. These two friends were malnourished and starved at that moment. As Pi collapses on the beach, Peter Parker (Bengal Tiger) ungratefully walks into the jungle without glancing back at his malnourished friend. Perhaps this was in fear of the Mexican authorities or maybe a theme portraying the ungrateful nature of human beings after being helped in the times of dire needs (Martel 53).
In the human story version, two different natures of tiger’s habits emerge. These characteristics include self-preservation and revenge. In the human version of Pi’s tale, the cargo ship still sinks. In this scenario, the animalistic version changes when Pi’s mother (Gita), an injured Japanese sailor, and the ship’s overwhelming cook join him in the boat (Martel 135). After some time, survival for the
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On their way, a tragedy occurs; the cargo ship sinks leaving Pi, Richard Parker- a Royal Bengal tiger, a zebra with a broken leg, an orangutan, and a hyena as the only survivors but again stuck in a lifeboat. He survives from the lifeboat miraculously at a point when he is near death.
Pi’s Life is not a book driven by character. This insinuates that Martel does not give much attention to finding out what is in the character’s mind. For sure Pi’s good nature and humour is loveable though these traits also work as an opener to doors for ideas Martel.
The novel is written into four sections with each having significance in the overall story and thematic expression of the author. The first describes Pi’s life from childhood and the origin of his name. It also describes the lifestyle they led as family, the influences that impacted on his life.
The book has three parts, but works as a whole as well. The first part is a young boy's rumination on spirituality and Indian life.The second part is a blend of a detailed and realistic survival memoir and a fantastic allegory in a medieval style.
For the Transport minister and his assistant this story is hard to believe. A boy can not survive with a ferocious tiger in a life boat for so many days. For their investigation, they need words that reflect reality i.e. a story without animals, without tigers, orangutan, hyenas or zebras.
The religious past of Oxgodby has been both literally and figuratively covered up and it is up to Tom Birkin and Charles Moon to uncover this. Throughout this novel, both good and evil and present through religion and religious intolerance, which
As in the infinity and irrationality that the number pi signifies, so too is the man-boys psyche and character infinite in its depth His views of the world are as unconventional as the mathematics of pi. At the same time, the
They say that they find his story quite interesting but express their disbelief. The two officers use their reasoning and find the story untrue. They do not understand how Pi survived for all that long time living with a tiger in the boat.
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