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Theme Of Hyena In Life Of Pi

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Piscine Molitor has grown up with animals all his life and has a place in his heart for animals, but maybe not hyenas. In Life of Pi by Yann Martel Pi is surrounded by the animal kingdom. Pi’s father owns The Pondicherry zoo located in India. In the book, Pi believes animals and humans are equal. Pi loves animals and has a special bond with them, but when it comes to hyenas that is a different story. As day breaks, Pi realizes how much energy the hyena has, “the zebra was dead by noon. It was glassy-eyed and had become perfectly indifferent to the hyena’s occasional assaults ” (Martel 183). Pi does not show sympathy for animals who indulge in violence. After the hyena killed and ate the zebra, it then killed the orangutan and that is when Pi was sure he and the hyena would not get along. While realizing the end may be near for Richard Parker, Piscine expresses his love for him, “I love you Richard Parker. If I didn’t have you now I don’t know what I would do. I don’t think I would make it” (Martel 342). Pi goes on to promise to get to land and that without Richard Parker, he would have died which shows Pi’s love and appreciation for animals. Pi was taught by his father that tigers were very dangerous and now here he is swearing that he would be dead if a tiger had not been with him. Despite not feeling well and being very uncomfortable Pi makes a happy remark towards the orangutan, “and Orange Juice had not only cheered me up; she had also taken on both our feelings of
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