One is an author who is referred to as. "the narrator". The other narrator is the main character (protagonist), Pi Patel. The. Life of Pi is a story within another story. How this fits in the context of the novel Life of Pi is the subject of discussion of this paper. (Life of Pi, 28) caite.info Even the author's note in the beginning doesn't go unnoticed where .. The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs. Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel written by Yann Martel. Published in . Life of Pi fits the Buddhist images of the ocean of samsara Course [Video file].
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Richard Parker stares at Pi. Where are you, Richard Parker? You have to help them, my family is back there. Pi steps out into a bracing rain and walks to the rail, wind whipping his hair. I trained with him three times a week at the ashram.
After all, you can't know the strength of your faith until it's been tested. A hallway with closed gates at both ends leads out to the exhibit. We shouldn't be in here without him. PI Stop worrying. I have seen him do this a thousand times. I want to meet our new tiger. He drops meat on the floor by the bars. RAVI Pi! PI Hello! Richard Parker! The Writer stares at Pi, bewildered. Richard Parker was a tiger?
A hunter caught him drinking from a stream when he was a cub and named him Thirsty. When Thirsty got too big, the hunter sold him to our zoo - but the names got switched on the paperwork. The hunter was listed as Thirsty and tiger was called Richard Parker. We laughed about it and the name stuck. Before we get into trouble.
PI I want to see him close up. RAVI You're not a zoo keeper. Come on! Ravi bolts, running out of the feeding area. Pi is enchanted. PI offering meat That's it, Richard Parker.
It's for you. Pi holds the lamb through the bars, The tiger walks slowly down the hallway, regarding Pi with a detached curiosity, as unthreatening in his manner as a large housecat. Pi begins trembling from sheer excitement.
He doesn't hear the approach of uneven footsteps - Father appears, followed by Ravi. Just as Richard Parker approaches the offering. Father yanks Pi violently away from the cage, wrenching Pi's hand through the bars. Richard Parker, startled, raises his head, hissing. He turns and bounds back out through the gate at the other end of the hallway, disappearing into the exhibit area.
Father spins Pi around and shoves him against the wall. Are you out of your mind? Who gave you permission to come back here? You have just ignored everything I have ever taught you! PI I just wanted to say 'Hello' to him. He is an animal, not a playmate! PI Animals have souls. I've seen it in their eyes. Father turns to Ravi, who stands by the gate. You're sure, Mr. Pi's just a kid.
Go ahead. Selvam sets the goat down and ties a piece of rope around the animal's neck. Animals don't think like we do; people who forget that get themselves killed. That tiger is not your friend. When you look into his eyes, you are seeing your own emotions reflected back at you - nothing else.
Selvam ties the goat to the bars at the gate area where Pi had been about to feed Richard Parker. Don't be stupid! Say you're sorry. You know what your father said about coming back here. PI I'm sorry. I was Mother turns to Father, quietly - referring to the goat: In Tamil: Selvam, the gate. You want to scar them for life? That boy almost lost his arm! Turning to Selvam: Selvam opens the far gate. Richard Parker re-enters the hallway. He sees the goat and slinks forward, lowering his body, his ears flattening against his skull.
The goat freezes. Everyone watches in silence, transfixed by the intensity of the tiger. Pi watches the animal spirit glowing up within Richard Parker's eyes as instinct takes over. In a sudden, single burst, Richard Parker bolts the length of the hallway, claws reaching out through the bars of the cage toward the goat. We don't see what happens next - but the family does. Only a few seconds have passed, but Richard Parker has already turned to go back into his enclosure, the lifeless goat in his mouth.
The family watches - Father is impassive, Ravi traumatized; mother wraps her arms around Pi. Pi now 16 lies in bed, reading "Notes from the Underground. The radio plays in the other room. Police will be granted powers to arrest and indefinitely detain citizens responsible for the uprising. Ravi's alarm goes off. Ravi reaches to shut it off. Pi, in raincoat, walks out to the street, where student bicycles are lined up by the hundreds.
He gets his bike. Things changed after the day of Appa's lesson. The world had lost some of its enchantment. School was a bore - nothing but facts, fractions and French. Words and patterns that went on and on. I grew restless, searching for something that would bring meaning into my life. And then I met Anandi Mother made me study music, and one day my teacher came down with the flu; he asked if I could take his place one afternoon playing rhythms for a dance class.
Pi watches her, hopelessly in love, absent-mindedly drumming along. The dance master claps her hands, interrupting to teach. If you do not concentrate, you cannot express your love of God through dance. Feel the ground beneath your feet; MORE Anandi, come to the front; lead them. Anandi obeys; Pi watches her, lost in admiration, until the teacher taps a wood block to get his attention.
The girls in the class giggle - Pi blushes, embarrassed. Gathering his courage, he peers out, searching for Anandi. She is nowhere to be seen. He walks into an open area of the market that surrounds a banyan tree. Suddenly, he hears a voice behind him.
Pi turns - Anandi stands before him, her friends a short distance behind her, eavesdropping. PI What? PI After a beat, to cover his evident guilt: What does this mean? Pi vaguely imitates the hand gesture - pinching the tips of his fingers together - that he saw Anandi use in the dance rehearsal. Anandi stares at him, bewildered.
PI CONT'D In the dance, you went from Pataka, which means the forest, and then you did-then you did Samputa, which means something that is hidden, and after that you did this Pi demonstrates her dancing. Anandi smiles, while her friends giggle at his performance. Repeating the gesture: None of the other dancers did that. What did you mean? The God of love is hiding in the forest? PI The lotus flower is hiding in the forest? Why would a lotus flower hide in the forest?
Anandi blushes. She has no answer. PI And this is Richard Parker. He's the most magnificent creature we've ever had here. Look at the way he's turning his head. Showing off - like a dancer. You see? Pi beams. Father's voice gradually breaks through into Pi's consciousness. We have talked about it for some time Do you understand what I'm saying?
Pi glances over. PI Sorry. You've been For my family. Our animals are worth far more abroad than here in India, and if the town council stops supporting us, I don't know where we'll be.
PI I'm sorry PI What?? But the animals are ours, and if we sell them, we will have enough to start a new life. PI But where would we go? Our life is here Appa! I have some opportunities for work in Winnipeg. I'll be shipping most of the animals for sale in North America; we can get freighter passage for the whole family. So, it is settled. We will sail like Columbus!
PI But Columbus was looking for India! Anandi takes a length of colored silken threads, tying them around Pi's wrist to serve as 'Rakhi' - a sisterly blessing for protection on his journey. It takes a lot of work to sell a zoo; before we left Anandi and I had time enough to break each other's hearts.
Of course, I promised I'd come back one day It's funny I remember everything else about our last day, but I don't remember saying goodbye As she finishes, Pi reaches out impulsively to hold her hand.
Pi stands at the railing of the cargo ship, staring out at the Chennai shoreline. Mother approaches. Pi doesn't respond. Mother approaches and stands beside him. Piscine, You have a whole life ahead of you. We're doing this for you and Ravi. Come inside and have some dinner. The meal consists of liver and onions, sausages, and rice soaked in gravy. Mother points at her rice. Do you have anything -? The French Cook ladles ore gravy over her rice.
Not more gravy. You don't want gravy? No, I want something vegetarian. I- The cook takes her plate, sets it on the counter in front of Father. The following takes place in French subtitled. No problems. But she doesn't eat liver. Then she can eat the sausages, the rice, the gravy. To Mother: Or you can go cook your own food. The cook shoves a plate of plain rice over the counter. I cook for sailors, not curry eaters. Father grabs the cook's forearms, yanking him halfway over the high counter.
You're nothing but a servant! You feed monkeys! Sailors descend on the two, pulling them apart. He speaks with a Taiwanese accent and a gentle smile. On ship, gravy is not meat. Is taste. You try? Pi smiles in gratitude, but the gravy looks anything but appetizing. Animal crates and cages surround Pi, the air filled with screeches and growls. Father enters the hold, carrying food for the animals. Don't worry - we will have plenty of fresh supplies after we stop in Manila.
Father mixes tranquilizer pills into food for the orangs. PI Why give O. She's not going to cause any trouble. We don't want to be cleaning up after a seasick orangutan, do we? Pi looks up, notices Father watching him. Father tries to smile along with his little attempt at humor, but his manner is stiff, his eyes furtive and uneasy.
My father was a businessman - he had never handled the animals himself. I realized that leaving India must have been harder for him than it was for me. Pi has fallen silent, reflective. So far we have an Indian boy named after a French swimming pool on a Japanese ship full of animals heading to Canada. We'll get there.
It was four days out of Manila - above the Mariana Trench, the deepest spot on earth Zoom closer until the blue fills the screen Our ship, the Tsimtsum, pushed on, bullishly indifferent to its surroundings. It moved with the slow, massive confidence of a continent. The freighter sailing in ominous weather, the name Tsimtsum emblazoned on its hull.
Choppy seas, rains, a storm. Close on Pi's sleeping face, the cabin swaying in the storm. A loud, deep rumble breaks into his consciousness. The ship shakes. Pi's eyes open. He looks around, listens. He leans over the side of his bunk and wakes Ravi. PI Ravi?
Did you hear that? Pause Ravi? I'm sleeping. PI It's a thunderstorm! Let's go watch! RAVI Are you crazy? We'll get hit by lightning. PI No, we won't. It'll hit the bridge first. On the other side of the narrow room, Mother shifts uncomfortably on the double bed she shares with Father. Pi steps out into a bracing rain and walks to the rail, wind whipping his hair. He laughs, exhilarated, as rain splashes over his face.
Throwing arms wide, Pi dances in imitation of Anandi's dance, slipping more than once on the rain-soaked deck, shouting in giddy adolescent triumph. PI More rain, lord of storms! Let it rage! He finishes, laughing as he falls against the railing. The deck lights suddenly all come on at once; a warning alarm sounds over the loudspeakers.
Pi slips to the front of the deck and stands up, watching in horror as a wave washes over the bow, carrying several sailors overboard. He pushes himself away from the railing and runs back down below. Halfway down, Pi hits water. He dives, searching for his family. The hall lights flicker - the passage falls dark an instant before the emergency lights come on in the water below, which nearly reaches the ceiling.
Pi dives, trying to swim against the flowing current; he's astonished to find a ZEBRA swimming toward him, passing overhead. He tries to swim further, but the enormous force of rushing water and air is too great; he scrambles backward, groping toward the stairwell. Pi sees movement - animals running. He scrambles toward them, the ship groaning as it lists sideways.
Oxen and deer are visible on the far side of the deck, backlit by emergency lights; Pi hears monkeys screeching, the clatter of hoofs pounding.
In the distance, Sailors shout orders in panicked voices. Pi runs to the Captain. Wait stay here. He grabs a life vest and starts to put it on Pi. PI You have to help them, please! Oh no my family, please. You have to help them, my family is back there. The Taiwanese Sailor jumps onto the ship. You must go. PI Who let all the animals out? They shove a life vest over Pi's head.
PI No wait! PI No please! They guide Pi to the side, where a section of the ship's railing has been removed to give access to the lifeboat. They push Pi over the edge; Pi falls onto the lifeboat, bouncing on the protective tarp that is still stretched taut across the bow. He grabs at the rope holding the bow, trying not to slip off. The sailors are shouting at the French cook, who stands at the stern. What are you doing?! Bring it down!
Tie it down! The sailors look towards the upper deck. Pi follows their looks and watches in horror as a zebra launches itself over the side of the ship, careening through the air toward the safety of the lifeboat. The French cook staggers backward and jumps out of the way, falling to the water below. Pi throws up his arms as the life boat starts to drop. The zebra arcs through the air, missing the tarp, landing on the exposed stern with a sickening thud, shattering the rear bench.
The force sends the rig lines spinning. The lifeboat plummets to the water below. The impact spins it around, nearly washing Pi overboard. He is left clinging to the back of the tarp, the zebra on the floor of the lifeboat before him. As the lifeboat drops down the side of the swell, Pi slides to the front of the tarp.
The Tsimtsum's propeller rises behind him. As Pi steadies himself, a swell lifts the lifeboat, crashing it onto the deck of the Tsimtsum. It drops back into the sea, rolling over completely.
The vessel instantly rights itself - the lifeboat is designed to be virtually unsinkable. Pi lands on the lifeboat's floorboards, next to the zebra. Pi sees the Tsimtsum at an angle, it's bow dipping below the water. As he tries to get up, Pi notices the orange emergency whistle that dangles from the vest. He grabs it and blows, shouting between blasts. The deck lights of the freighter glow with a cheery, unnatural brilliance.
By the light of the ship, Pi can just make out a distant figure in the water. Pi spies a lifebuoy tied to a rope. He grabs it and heaves it as far as he can across the water.
The moment Pi feels the tug on the line, he jumps into the uncovered part of the boat, lies back and begins hauling the rope in. Nearly finished, he lifts his head to peer over the side and sees who he's rescued. A beat - and then Pi realizes what he's done. He scrambles backward in horror, trying to throw the rope overboard. Richard Parker paddles toward the boat. Pi grabs an oar, wielding it against the approaching tiger.
Richard Parker tries to grab the oar. Pi yanks the oar away, falling onto his back. He listens as Richard Parker claws his way up the side of the swaying boat, coughing and gagging water. Pi scrambles backward, oar still in hand. He rises and jumps overboard. An enormous wave rolls toward Pi - filling his lungs with air, Pi dives under, away from the assault of the raging storm.
Lightning casts a blazing white veil over the surface of the water above him, backlighting fish and animals, waves frozen in time like wrinkled bedsheets, their motionless texture pocked and dimpled with raindrops. As the sky explodes in white flashes, the scene is caught in surreal still shots. A hippo swims past, it's heavy form moving gracefully.
Pi swims toward the camera - then freezes, reacting in horror as A shark swoops past him and up toward the struggling animals near the surface. Pi dives defensively - the camera follows. Ahead, the Tsimtsum is visible, fifty feet beyond Pi, its deck lights dipping below the surface, casting an eerie underwater glow, bubbles flowing up to the surface; nearby, Pi can make out the floating oar.
The lifebuoy floats a dozen feet off; he swims toward it. He grabs the oar moments before a huge wave sweeps him up and over the lifeboat. He lands on the other side, the oar lost, and drags himself onto the stern. He jumps over the kicking zebra and scrambles onto the boat tarp. An oar sticks out from under the boat cover, hanging out over the front of the lifeboat.
Pi climbs out on the oar, keeping himself a safe distance from the tiger he assumes is beneath the tarp. The air vibrates with a tremendous belching groan; Pi looks over to the cargo ship, watching, astounded PI Amma! I'm sorry! Pi watches in horror as the Tsimtsum plummets into the depths of the Mariana Trench, it's deck lights gradually fading. Pi bursts into tears as waves from the sinking vessel buffet his lifeboat. Pi weeps uncontrollably.
Pi has hung the lifebuoy on the oar and now sits on it, slumped in exhaustion and shivering. With what energy he still has, he weeps - his face is puffy and swollen from a night of tears. Pi watches a shark fin knife through the waves. His feet have been trailing in the water; he quickly lifts them out. He raises his head, looking at his new surroundings - water and air, clouds and sky.
Nothing on the horizon. Pi creeps forward on the oar, pulling himself onto the gunnels - the side of the boat. No sign of Richard Parker. The zebra comes into view in the stern of the lifeboat, injured legs folded beneath it, staring indifferently into space.
He pauses to catch his breath, then becomes aware of a slight movement at one side of the tarp. Pi freezes, dumbfounded. PI Hari? Hari, the hyena, with a sloping, bear-like forehead and the nervous manner of a beaten dog, reappears. Pi instantly dives across the tarp, scrambling for safety on the oar. The hyena staggers and stumbles listlessly. Pi turns to face the creature, struggling for calm.
The screech of a terrified animal echoes across the water - the hyena looks out to port, the hair rising on its back, then staggers beneath the tarp. Pi squints into the rising sun. An enormous bundle of bananas bobs into view. The bundle twists and rolls - and Orange Juice, the orangutan tries desperately to stay on top.
This way! Within moments, the bundle is within reach of the lifeboat; Pi catches the oar handle in the netting that binds the bananas together and pulls it against the side of the boat. The netting, wrapped around the handle of the oar, pulls loose from the bananas, which tumble out of reach. As Pi reels the netting in, O. Pi throws a banana to O. Pause I'll bet Mother and Father found him. They'll all be here soon.
Intolerable heat. Flies circle the zebra, landing on Pi's face and arms. He's too exhausted to brush them away. The only sound is the incessant lapping of water against the hull.
Pi stares out across the ocean - no rescue in sight. He pushes himself upright, calling over the waves. Pi kneels and bangs his bailing bucket against the hull. The hyena emergees, shaking its head violently in an attempt to clear its thoughts. It screams in frustration and begins yipping. Pi picks up the oar and pokes the hyena to fend it off.
He watches with increasing alarm as the hyena paces in frantic circles - whatever tranquilizers this animal received are wearing off. The boy wraps his grip around the paddle, prepared to defend himself. The hyena abruptly stops pacing, coughing and retching - then lies down, shaking from emotional and physical distress. It sets its head on the edge of the tarp, predator eyes fastened on Pi. Pi has hung the paddle and lifebuoy off the end of the boat and perches on the bow.
The hyena's eyes seem to glow in the last light, fixed on Pi. Pi stares back. Pi fights fatigue as waves splash interminably against the hull. He winces at each creak of the lifeboat; his eyes glaze over as he stares out at the endless, dusky seascape.
Pi sees movement in the shadows. The hyena attacks the zebra; the zebra barks and squeals. PI No! Stop it! Pi slumps over the oar, eyes half open, glazed. He has stayed up a second night for fear of being attacked, and now he slowly nods sideways, giving in to exhaustion despite himself, and tumbles into the water. Pi gasps in shock as the water slaps him into full consciousness. He climbs back onto the life ring - coughing, tired, wet, sad and fearful.
The lifeboat rolls and growls beneath Pi's feet as he stares - and then he notices O. The poor orang is sitting on a side bench half-hidden by the tarp, and horribly seasick. Her tongue lolls out of her mouth and she's visibly panting. PI I'm sorry, O. Ah, supplies! Pi pulls up the edge of the tarp nearest the bow.
A row of benches with hinged lids curve around the bow. He pulls out the manual and flips through it - an illustration shows that the boat is lined with compartments. He opens the next bench - it's stuffed with life jackets. He tosses one of the life jackets to O.
Pi finishes tying a knot in a piece of rope that joins oars to the lifebuoy. Pull back to reveal that Pi has built a makeshift raft, tying three oars into a triangle around the lifebuoy and using the banana net to gather the life vests into a bunch beneath. Pi sits back, mopping his brow, then begins pushing and dragging his raft over to the edge of the lifeboat to launch it. The hyena comes out from under the tarp to see what all the noise is.
As it paces, it gets too close to O. The hair on the hyena's neck and shoulders stands up - suddenly, it launches an attack. Pi cries out, flinching - but O.
But the hyena gets up in an instant - it attacks again, this time going for O. Pi searches through the piles of rope, finding a knife. He rises and dashes forward. Pi reaches the end of the tarp. The hyena retreats.
Pi, enraged, confronts the hyena. Come on!! Pi feels the tarp move under his feet Pi falls backward on the tarp, stunned. As the tiger clamps his jaws around the hyena, finishing it off, Pi leaps back to the bow, shoving his makeshift raft into the water. The raft splashes in the water and the tiger turns; Pi looks back and comes face-to-face with Richard Parker.
The tiger stands with front feet on the crossbench, sniffing the sea air, examining his surroundings for the first time, agitated by this open air environment. As he turns to go back under the tarp, his gaze falls on Pi. Richard Parker's ears swivel, and his lip twitches, revealing a canine as long as a finger. Pi, terrified, grabs an oar and holds it out, trying to prevent an attack.
Unfortunately, he also blocks Richard Parker's path back under the tarp. The tiger tries to go around the oar, and when Pi blocks his way, the tiger swings a paw, knocking the oar into the ocean with such force that Pi is spun completely around with his back to the tiger. He falls into a crouch, cowering, prepared to die.
Richard Parker's predator instinct takes over. He snarls and pounces on the tarp, menacingly close to Pi - then hesitates, unsettled by the softness of the tarp beneath his feet. The tiger retreats, examining his surroundings.
Pi jumps toward the raft. He belly flops into the ocean and rises in a panic, trying to scramble up onto the raft, only to have it flip completely over his head. Pi shivers, his eyes glassy, his lips chapped and skin waxen from hours of exposure. He tries various ways to re-shape the raft. A shark slips up alongside Pi and bumps him, sending Pi scrambling back to the safety of the raft. Hands appear on the gunnels. Pi lifts his head over the bow. The tiger is nowhere in sight.
Pi quietly climbs aboard. He tries in vain to control his chattering teeth and shaking limbs as he opens the starboard bow storage bench. He sees a duffel bag, zips it open and rifles through the contents. It contains an array of survival supplies - as he lifts it out, his eye falls upon a stack of cans marked "Water. He throws a few on the raft. He grabs a couple of boxes marked "Baked Wheat Biscuits. The biscuits are so dry that he is barely able to chew them - crumbs fall from his lips into the supply hatch.
A rat skitters out from under the tarp, grabbing biscuit crumbs, then retreating. A low growl. Richard Parker charges out from his den and bounds onto the tarp. Pi staggers in terror and falls helplessly into the storage bench, with only his head poking out above the tarp. The tiger steps toward Pi, then hesitates - again, the softness of the tarp unnerves him. He steps back off the tarp and paces the stern. Pi creeps out of the storage bench - then watches in horror as Richard Parker swivels and charges him again, this time beneath the tarp.
The rat scurries back out of hiding and Richard Parker's head follows, looming up out from the gap between the tarp and the storage bench. Pi jumps onto the tarp, out of the tiger's reach. Richard Parker scrambles backward and reappears at the far end of the tarp, roaring, prepared to attack from above - then halts, watching in astonishment as the rat hops around the lifeboat, finally running up Pi's shirt and landing on Pi's head. Pi grabs the rat by the tail and throws it. The rat sails, paws and tail stretched wide, across the boat.
Richard Parker opens his mouth and the rat flies in, its tail disappearing between the tiger's lips like a spaghetti noodle. As Richard Parker enjoys his treat, Pi climbs backward over the bow, unhooking the rope, grabbing the water cans and the biscuits and slipping over the side, falling into the water. He drops onto the raft and pushes himself back with his feet. The raft floats back and hits the end of the ropeline with a jerk. Pi remembers the rope and goes back to untie it.
Suddenly Richard Parker appears at the bow and lunges at him, almost falling off the front of the lifeboat onto Pi. The tiger scrambles back onto the boat and off the tarp, while Pi paddles the raft away. When he is finally at a safe distance, fear and stress overwhelm Pi - he throws up what little food and water he has taken.
Pi floats behind the lifeboat, weeping, surrounded by nothing but terror and the abyss. A thick range of clouds moves in, threatening to cut off the light from the moon and stars. Pi watches Richard Parker on the lifeboat, a shadowy silhouette on the bow ahead. The tiger takes the zebra carcass under the tarp.
The clouds blot out the sky. Darkness envelops them. Pi has taken out his pencil and now writes on the back page of his survival manual, his voice heard over: I have been in a shipwreck. I am on a lifeboat alone - with a tiger.
Please send help. He tosses it as far as possible; the can splashes down, rippling the water, then bobs, going nowhere. Pi stares at the bobbing can, crushed as he sees the futility of this plan. A defeated pause, and then Pi looks up and sees the majesty of his surroundings. The cloud cover breaks; dawn light glows down on Pi.
A grunt from the lifeboat. Pi turns, surprised. He grabs the tow line and reels into the lifeboat. He lifts the tarp; Richard Parker's eyes glow out at him from the shadows, greeting Pi with a low snarl. Pi gingerly lowers the tarp and casts the raft back from the bow. He looks up. I give myself to you. I am your vessel. Whatever comes I want to know.
Show me. The foldout map of the manual shows the ocean's currents, longitudes, latitudes, and depths. Pi stares at the chart, bewildered by it all. He rises up on his knees, looking out at the ocean around him, then sits back, hand to forehead. PI There are no lines! Establish a strict schedule for eating, keeping watch and getting rest.
Do not drink urine or sea water.
Keep busy, but avoid unnecessary exertion. The mind can be kept occupied by playing card games, Twenty Questions, or I Spy. Community singing is another sure- fire way to lift the spirits. Telling stories is highly recommended. Above all, don't lose hope. A96 EXT. The waves pick up. The lifeboat rocks. Somewhere beneath the tarp, the tiger lets out a faint groan of discomfort.
On Pi as he contemplates this Waves are more strongly felt when a boat turns sideways to the current. A sea anchor is used as a drag to keep the boat's head to the wind.
Pi takes a sea anchor from inside his life ring and tosses it overboard. As soon as the sea anchor has been deployed, the raft slows down and the anchor lines go taut. For castaways who must share their lifeboats with large dangerous carnivores it's advisable to establish a territory as your own. The following course of action is recommended.
Step one: Step two: Step three: With sufficient repetition, the animal will associate the sound of the whistle with the discomfort of seasickness. Similar methods have long been used by circus trainers, though they generally lack access to rough seas. He reels in this line, turning the boat sideways to the waves. The rocking increases. Pi blows the whistle several times harshly "warning" signal as the rocking increases. From within the boat, he hears the tiger groan.
He grabs the original lifeline that connects the raft to the boat and hauls himself in. Pi grins, spits out the whistle. Let the trumpets blare, let the drum rolls begin! Prepare to be amazed!
Here it is, for your enjoyment and instruction, the show you've been waiting for all your life will soon begin! Well, then - I give to you Pi lets go of the second line, raising his hand with a flourish. He pulls the raft next to the tarp end of the lifeboat. The tiger crawls out from under the tarp, violently ill. Hello, Richard Parker. Sorry about the choppy ride. Pi pulls himself onto the bow.
Richard Parker tries to lift his head, then groans, giving it up. Pi lifts the whistle to his mouth and blows it repeatedly as he advances to the front edge of the tarp, opens his fly and pisses in a straight line across the midpoint of the boat. He blows his whistle You understand? He steps back to observe the effect of this provocation on the seasick tiger.
To overcome starvation and preserve his life, Pi must choose the way of a carnivore by surviving on sea life. In the midst of unremitting suffering, Pi turns to God. In his account of his survival at sea, Pi evokes religious faith by his dedication to religious rituals and fighting will to live at sea. Even in the last moments of the novel when two officials from the Japanese Ministry of Transport interrogate Pi to ascertain why the ship sank, they do not believe his story of survival.
Their conversation makes the idea more vivid: You grant your metropolises all the animals of Eden, buy you deny my hamlet the merest Bengal tiger! Patel, please calm down. Isn't love hard to believe? Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. God is hard to believe, ask any believer.
What is your problem with hard to believe? Okamoto and Mr. Chiba doubt Pi's story, which really insults Pi. In response, Pi asserts one of the guiding principles of his life.
Love and God are hard to believe. The existence of human beings also seems like a miracle. Whether or not Mr. Chiba agree with the rest of what Pi says, Pi's own existence — at this point — is a miracle.
Which is a better story, the story with animals or the story without animals? In both versions, Pi survives without his family. However the story Pi tells initially is the key. They chose the story with Richard Parker and the floating island. That was the story with God.
The story in which Pi believed, miracles happened, and God saved him. This punch line is a deliberate, direct narrative challenge. Martel challenges readers, aesthetically and linguistically, and gives faith a chance by allegorically linking religion and story together. In an interview with Andrew Steinmetz, Martel explains: Pi undergoes a lot of emotional upheaval which he overcomes through his deep and unshakable faith in God. Bethune, Brian. April 13, Burns, Steven.
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