Key Characters In Life Of Pi

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Could you imagine being stuck on a lifeboat with a life Bengal Tiger? This was the case for Piscine Patel, a 16 year old boy from South India in The Life of Pi, written by Yann Martel. This book made a significant cultural and religious impact to the communities of India, which makes it different from other books written by Yann Martel and other writers. The book is written from the point of view of Pi and his experiences as a castaway for 227 days. Pi is stuck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean as the ship he was traveling on, the Tsimtsum, has sunken into the ocean along with his family and their zoo animals after a storm. Much of the book is about Pi on the lifeboat with an adult 3 year old Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. If the setting were different, Pi’s family would most likely be alive and would be living a life in Canada. Characters in The Life of Pi include Piscine Molitor Patel, a teenage boy from Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India who, despite his parent’s objections, practices 3 religions, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. The next key character is Richard Parker, an adult Bengal tiger who Pi inadvertently rescues after the Tsimtsum sinks. He is the only animal that survives the 227 days with Pi until they reach land and he flees into the jungle, which upsets Pi. Orange Juice, a female orangutan who survives the initial wreck and stays onto the lifeboat until she is killed and eaten by the hyena. Zebra, a male Grant’s zebra, is injured after jumping from

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