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Animal Symbolism in Life of Pi

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Jacy Copeland

on 25 November 2014

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Fish are often used throughout the novel to symbolize various things.
Birds are used symbolic in the novel as many things, such as gracefulness and stealth.
Albatrosses live in Eastern Asia
In Life of Pi the Albatross is desciribed as " something supernatural and incomprehensible" (Martel p. 121).
Symbolizes an aggressive, blood-thirsty killer. The individual is never pleased. Killing or wanting vengeance just for the sake of it. Never has a reason to be angered.
Animal Symbolism in Life of Pi
Work Cited
Martel, Yann. Life of Pi: A Novel. New York: Harcourt, 2001. Print.
3-Toed Sloth
Flying Fish
Symbolizes extreme dullness,
laziness, but also tranquility.
This sloth is known to have
a low rating on its senses,
(i.e, its smell, taste, sight and
hearing) When awoken, it will
look in every direction but
the one you're in. Resembling
a very tired and blind
Habitat: Central and South American rain forests, living in trees.
Life of Pi
Meerkats are described as, "a small South African mammal related to the mongoose," (Martel p.145) and " a carnivorous burrower" (Martel p. 145). Meerkats are small and only weight a couple of pounds.
According to the novel, meerkats live in plateaus full of vegetation.
In the novel, a meerkat colony is used to symobolize a human society. This is shown when Pi says, " these meerkats had gone for so many generations without predators that any notion of flight distance, of flight, of plain fear, had been genetically weeded out of them." (Martel p. 146)

Depending on the viewer's point of view, sharks could symbolize many things. They usually are used to create fear, and can be used to symbolize power, intimidation and greed.
On the other end, sharks can symbolize grace and determination.
Could be seen as strength, suffering and survival. However, zebra's may also be used to symbolize togetherness (in result of their habit of staying in large groups.)
The zebra's striped pattern tends to show confusion, but it is used to disorient the enemy. In turn, Zebra's also can symbolize cleverness.
According to the novel, tigers are approximately 550 pounds.
The orangutan symbolizes a caring, loving parent (i.e, mother)
They are known to take care of their young and carry them around until they are ready to start on their own. Similar to how mothers are supposed to raise their children.
A Dorado is a brightly coloured fish easily identified by it's flamboyant gold, green and blue scales. They can grow to over three feet long and have tremendous strength.
Dorados tend to symbolize beauty, but can also symbolize power and cleverness because of their hunting styles.
- Whales are the giants of the sea. Their size symbolizes power and strength.

- Whales are often seen as peaceful creatures because of their sounds and grace.
Flying Fish are one of the few
fish that are able to glide through the air.
- As a result, they can be seen as agile, nimble and graceful.
- Flying fish can also be seen as stealthy because of their unique means of escape.
The Tiger is first shown as threatening, cunning and sneaky. However, tigers can also symbolize beauty, strength and playfulness.
Life of Pi, a novel by Yann Martel, has many different forms of symbolism. One of the most common types of symbolism is through animals. Today we will look at some of these animals and what they help symbolize.
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