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Territorial Dominance In Yann Martel's Life Of Pi

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Yann Martel writes a famous novel, Life of Pi, which conveys a story of a young man named Piscine Molitor Patel, also known as Pi, who at the age of 16 years old is abandoned on a raft for 227 days on the Pacific Ocean. In his journey, the Bengal tiger, Richard Parker, accompanies Pi. Therefore, Pi has to learn how to use the territorial dominance against Richard Parker so that Pi is able to successfully get past his ordeals alone in the seas. The recurring motif of territorial dominance is evident in both Pi and Richard Parker. Because tigers are very territorial creatures, Pi decides that it is essential for him to convey his dominance over Richard Parker if he would like to continue surviving besides the tiger. Since animals often show their dominance by urinating on their territory, Pi also decides to urinate in his area so he can claim that it was his territory. By doing this, tiger comprehends the act of Pi which causes him to back off from Pi’s territory. Aside from urinating, Pi continues claiming territorial dominance through the acts of aggression. Richard Parker understands the aggression and realizes that Pi is more of a dominant mammal , therefore, Richard Parker does not leave his territory. This idea shows that even in a small space, like…show more content…
Humans and animals like the idea of habit. If human and animals cannot achieve that habit, then they enter the zone of chaos. Therefore, Pi establishes his schedule, early onto the book, through writing on his notes. Pi is able to survive his challenge in the ocean largely because he organizes notes and daily schedule to sustain in the ocean. Without the rituals, Pi would’ve never been able to succeed in dominating Richard Parker. According to Martel, he suggests that rituals gave structure to the emotions that Pi had to face in the ocean. Because of ritual, Pi was able to hold onto the morality and control the bestiality in
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