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Life of Pi: Comparison Between the Nature of Man and the Nat

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Life of Pi: Comparison Between the Nature of Man and the Nature of Animals
Thesis:
In the Novel Life of Pi, Pi’s world is portrayed differently then ours, humans take on animal like traits and animals resemble humans.
Pi taking on animal like traits:
- Pi spending so much time on a boat, away from civilization with a tiger starts to affect his humanity.
- Pi slowly starts to act like like Richard Parker as the story progresses. Pi notices that Richard Parker urinates on a tarp to mark his territory. So pi decides to also urinate on the tarp to mark his territory. This shows that Pi has to change his normal way of doing things and adapt to Richard Parkers way of life.
- Pi mentions that he is a vegetarian, but this all changes when he realizes that he has to kill to survive. Pi in the story says that he kills a fish something that he has never done before. This shows that Pi is becoming more savage now that he knows he has to fight to survive.
-”It came as an unmistakable indication to me of how low I had sunk the day I noticed, with a pinching of the heart, that I ate like an animal, that this noisy, frantic unchewing wolfing-down of mine was exactly the way Richard Parker ate.” (2.82.5)
- This quote explains how Pi is slowly becoming more beast like and acting like Richard Parker.
Animals resembling humans:
- In Pi’s second story he refers to each animal on the boat to a human, the Taiwanese sailor is the zebra, his mother is the orangutang, the cook is the hyena and he is the tiger. This shows that Pi saw each animal as a person because they expressed such humanly characteristics.
- Richard Parker is often seen as Pi. Everything that Richard Parker did is said to be what Pi did. It’s no coincidence that both Richard Parker and Pi had problems with there names in the past.
- Pi describes the orangutang as motherly. As the voyage continues the orangutang becomes sick, the orangutang expresses its agony in a very human like way and in response Pi demonstrates the same sympathy towards the orangutang as if it were human.
- Pi describes the hyena as ugly. This shows that he physically analyzed and judged the animals appearance as he would another human.
- "Yes. The tiger killed the hyena – and the blind Frenchman – just as he killed the cook" (3.99.299-305).
- This quote explains how Pi uses Richard Parker as a way to portray himself and his actions on the boat.
Work cited:
http://www.shmoop.com/life-of-pi/animals-humans-symbol.html
http://pining.ning.com/profiles/blogs/wild-card-animals-vs-human
Holcombe, Garan. "Yann Martel Biography." Contemporary Writers. British Council, 2004. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.
Questions:
1. Which story did you believe?
2. How does Richard Parker resemble Pi?
3. How did Richard Parker keep Pi sane and alive?
life of pi pi and richard parker
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