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Symbolism in Life of Pi

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Symbolism in Life of Pi
By: Andreas, Tanushka, and Senthuran
Animals
-show changes in behaviour of humans
"If I still had the will to live,it was thanks to Richard Parker.He kept me from thinking too much about my family and my tragic circumstances. He pushed me to go on living. I hated him for it,yet at the same time I was grateful. I am grateful. It's the plain truth: without Richard Parker, I wouldn't be alive today to tell you my story" (Martel 182)
-Help understand nature & personality of characters
-Makes reality of what occurred easier to digest
The Colour Orange
Major underlying theme throughout entire novel
Reprecents Pi's sanity, suvival and religion
Orange life jackets used to build raft & escape Richard Parker
Sanity
Orange Juice is used to represent Pi's mother
Provides Pi with mental stability and hope
Pi
Expresses linear and circular relationships
Symbol is irrational & can't be confined by logic
16th letter of Greek alphabet
"I was giving up. I would have given up-if a voice had not made itself heard in my heart. The voice said, “I will not die. I refuse it. I will make it through this nightmare. I will beat the odds, as great as they are. I have survived so far, miraculously. Now I will turn miracle into routine. The amazing will be seen every day. I will put in all the hard work necessary. Yes, so as long as God is with me, I will not die. Amen.” (page.163)
"And so, in that Greek letter that looks like a shack with a corrugated tin roof, in that elusive, irrational number with which scientists try to understand the universe, I found refuge." (Martel 26)
Richard Parker
Pi's animalistic survival instincts
Representation of Pi's fears
Representation of Pi's strength
"I had to tame him. It was at that moment that I realized this necessity. It was not a question of him or me, but of him and me. We were, literally and figuratively, in the same boat. We would live-or we would die-together." (Martel 181)
Other Animals
Orangutan=Mother
-represents safety and protection
Hyena=Cook
-represents evil in the world
Sailor=Zebra
-represents vulnerability
“She came floating on an island of bananas in a halo of light, as lovely as the Virgin Mary. The rising sun was behind her. Her flaming hair looked stunning” (pg. 123)
Survival
Also an extremely important symbol as it represents survival

This is obvious as most of his items of survival are orange

“It seems orange-such a nice Hindu color-is the color of survival because the whole inside of the boat and the tarpaulin and the life jackets and the lifebuoy and the oars and most other significant object aboard was orange”.
Religion
The universal color of Hinduism, one of Pi’s more prominent belief systems.
Whether Pi knew or no, it may gave given him spiritual and mental stability
Thesis
In Life of Pi by Yan Martel, the author uses symbolism in order to connect the real story to the animal version and show the similarities between animals and humans, and the importance of the items that surrounded Pi. This is evident by examining the author's use of colour, animals, and names.
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