Life Of Pi Questions

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Life of PiContent QuestionsPart 1: Toronto & Pondicherry - Chapters 1-361). Pondicherry was the birth place of Pi the protagonist of the story. It was during Pi's time in Pondicherry that he has suffered intensely and found comfort in religion and zoology; which proves to be the basis of the stories plot. With this in mind, he was raised in a time where there were many political problems arising which leads to Pi's family leaving the country to Canada. This town is an appropriate choice for Pi's upbringing as it is part of French India which contributes to his name, and way of life.

2). Early in the novel, we discover that the narrator majored in religious studies and zoology, with particular interests in a "sixteenth-century Kabbalist
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In the book it talks about the difference between a person with faith and a person without. When Pi states that, "the agnostic, if he stays true to his reasonable self, if he stays beholden to dry, yeastless factuality, might try to explain the warm light bathing him by saying, "Possibly a f-f-failing oxygenation of the b-b-brain," and, to the very end, lack imagination and miss the better story". Spoken by Pi, this quotation-[chapter 22] in its entirety emphasizes the important distinction between facts and imagination, the background of the entire novel. This was used to show the distinct division between people with faith and people without, linking faithless people as "dry yeastless factuality", and people with faith being able to see "the better story".

8). Mr. Patel uses his zoo-keeping abilities and knowledge of animal behavior to demonstrate to Ravi and Pi what dangers there are within a zoo by starving a tiger for three days and feeding it a live goat, which it then tears to shreds. He shows his children that things are not as they seem, in this case, something cute and cuddly being ferocious and life threatening. The feminist theory can be applied because the tiger was given all male attributes and not one female attribute. Also, it was the male [father's] job to teach the children harsh lessons, where as the mother comes to their aid and comforts them.

9). The super alpha male is one who is dominant,

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