Life Of Pi Character Analysis

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In some stories, there is one main incident that sets the entire theme throughout the story. In Life of Pi, Pi Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, who explores many different religions from an early age, is part of a family who owns a zoo. The Patels decide to move their zoo from Pondicherry to Canada on a cargo ship.
Unfortunately the ship sinks, and Pi is the only human to survive. “The ship sank. It made a sound like a monstrous metallic burp.Things bubbled at the surface and then vanished (page 97).” Along with him on the life boat though, there was a group of zoo animals that also managed to escape. There was an orangutan, a spotted hyena, a zebra with a broken leg, and a Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker.
As the story progresses, Pi watches helplessly as the hyena kills the zebra and then the orangutan get killed by Richard Parker. This leaves Pi, and the tiger, Richard Parker, as the only ones left on the lifeboat. Pi’s father told Pi previously how dangerous tigers are, which does not make this situation any better for Pi. When Pi realizes he is the only one left with Richard Parker he says, “Truly I was to be the next goat (page 99).” From this quote the reader can see how afraid Pi was to live alone with a tiger on a boat and how scared he was, because he thought he was surely going to get killed. Because of the incident with the cargo ship sinking, this leaves Pi, a young teenage boy, in a tough situation. Pi starts conditioning the tiger through

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