Life Of Pi Essay

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“No Rain. Only morning greyness. Dolphins. Tried to gaff one. Found I could not stand. [Richard Parker] weak and ill-tempered. Am so weak, if he attacks I won’t be able to defend myself” (Martel, 239). This is one of the many hardships that a young boy had to go through. His name is Pi. Pi is a very religious person. He follows three different religions, in fact. With three different religions, Pi has many rules to live by, but what if he must break some of those rules to live? That is the question: What morals and rules will a person sacrifice to live, and does that person still believe in those morals? So, are morals a bad thing to have? In Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor, he says that ,“if you want your audience to know something about your character… introduce it early before you need it”(205). He is saying that things that will hold someone back is stated before the instance. So for Pi, his thing that hold him back is his morals.
Pi breaks many of his own morals. One is that he tried to eat Richard Parker’s poop. At the time there was no food. It looked as though there wasn’t going to be any more, so he eats it. The moral instinct for not eating poop is one that Pi didn’t set himself. This moral was set by humans in general. What leaves a body, in any way, is gross, which is pretty strange because vampires drink blood to survive and people kill vampires for being themselves. This goes back to Foster saying that vampires feed off of other’s blood to symbolize somebody using someone else to push them up. With that said, is Pi a vampire using Richard Parker to stay alive? Not exactly since Pi and Richard Parker helps each other. For Pi to be like a vampire, the support would need to only go one way, but Pi and Richard Parker and helping in a two way manner.
An example of vampirism in the text comes in where Pi eats turtles and...

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