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Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi Essay

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Life of Pi is so compelling to read and yet it is such difficult concept to truly understand. Yann Martel's novel, Life of Pi, is the about of Piscine Patel, who prefers it as Pi. At his age of sixteen, he survived for 227 days on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a hungry tiger to worry about. There were other inhabitants on the boat as well, a zebra, a hyena and an orangutan. Yann Martel is such a great author that he has masked one story over the other story though the work of Pi. Pi hides his second, true story by trying to give the people on the boat different appearances, in his devout triad of religions, and disembodying himself from his own thoughts. Pi hides ...view middle of the document...

After the sailor dies, the cook starts to take pieces of his flesh to dry them for later consumption. As is seen, the cook eats the sailor, as well as the hyena eats the zebra from the inside out. By the cook’s actions of savagery without humanism suggest that there is an evil within Pi. With the hyena eating the zebra illustrates that this evil was festering and growing. This rate had grown quickly within but had slowed down as the story progresses. During the time of the cook drying the flesh, the Mother slapped him when he went near to her. “And it was heroic. It was an act of outrage and pity and grief and bravery… It was to salvage his [the sailor’s] dignity.” (309) The consciences of this action were dire, but not shown until two days later. Those two days later, the cook stole some food and water by tricking Pi and his Mother that there was an island. When the cook stole the food and the Mother noticed, she hit him. He hit her back, and they started to have a brawl. Eventually the cook got her to fall, and he pulled out the only knife on the boat and stabbed her multiple times ultimately killing her. In the first story Orange Juice, the orangutan, is beheaded by the hyena after ‘thumping’ the hyena on its head trying to prevent the hyena from eating it. Pi’s Mother resembles the morals of Pi. The death itself of such a good person may point out that Yann Martel is that people are cruel when in stressful situations. Orange Juice is the only other being on the boat with human-like emotions. When she arrived on the boat she was clearly seasick, and she has the courage to stand up against the hyena.

The final characters are Pi and Richard Parker. The first sighting of Richard Parker is soon after the hyena lops off the orangutan’s head, Pi was creating a raft to separate himself and Richard Parker and during this session the hyena started screaming. Most likely due to being annoyed Richard Parker had approached the hyena and snapped its neck. Rapidly he started to eat the carcass. In the second story, Pi goes on the boat, from the raft, with the cook on it and the cook gives him the majority of a sea turtle. Immediately afterwards, with no text in-between, they start to fight and Pi, at long last, kills him. “He gave up. He let himself be killed…He knew he had gone too far, even by his bestial standards.” (310) Pi had used the knife to kill the cook in the same fashion he killed his Mother. Pi mirrors Richard Parker in the book in many ways. For example, the fact that Richard Parker is the only animal in the story to have a human name weighs much on the fact that he represents some part of humanity or a...

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