He resorts to cannibalism, eating feces, and several other disgusting things in his efforts to survive, and advises the reader not to judge him harshly. Never mind whether it's closer to the truth -- it's just too boring, and we need colorful stories to make our lives richer. Pi then sets about conditioning the tiger through rewarding behavior food and fresh water , so that the two can co-exist in the boat. Pi finds an island of algae where he floats for several days. It elevates the story to the level of a fairy tale or parable and allows the literary text to become whatever is needed to communicate both events and beliefs about philosophy, religion, adventure, entertainment, and miracles. This book is sort of a Rorschach test for religious belief, so here's my take. Then, the end of the book comes along, and oh my god I can't even tell you about the end of the book.
To do so is somewhat naïve no matter the good intentions of Pi. Though Pi succeeds, the pair remain on the verge of starvation - until, after several months at sea, they wash ashore an uncharted island packed with fresh vegetation and a bountiful meerkat population. They all take to the name and from that point on, his name is no long Piscine but Pi. Pi states that it is unlikely that certain other plants would make sense if one had never seen them, such as a Venus Fly trap. These vegetarians person and island don't want to harm, but are killing to survive. Even more obscure ideas are spoiled in such a manner.
Of course there's more to it than that. The things that distinguish this story from Robinson Crusoe or Tom Hanks in Cast Away, is that the main character Pi, short for Piscine is trapped in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. He knew the nature of animals, and witnessed the cruelty of the tiger, but it was all contained. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. And then the tiger, whose name is Richard Parker a. The island in the novel Life of Pi represents many different things. Chapter 71 Pi goes over the play by play manner in which he was able to tame a tiger on a lifeboat.
The main character relates his experience in a hospital in Mexico and the kindness of the staff and people after hearing his story. They are almost crushed by an oil tanker, which then passes by without seeing them. However, Pi leaves the island in search of truly living. So, is Pi revealing presumably unintentionally his real reasons for believing in God? Once Richard Parker has joined his voyage, there is no banishing him. Chapter 2 consists of the intrusive narrator's description of a small man living in Scarborough, with dark complexion who wears winter jacket during a mild autumn.
It reminds him of his home and his family and a deep depression hits him. Life of Piis a masterful and utterly original novel that is at once the story of a young castaway who faces immeasurable hardships on the high seas, and a meditation on religion, faith, art and life that is as witty as it is profound. Pi overhears his parents discussing his religious fervor. Choosing to move to Canada, they close the zoo, pack their belongings, and board a Japanese cargo ship called the Tsimtsum. I believe that what makes Pi different from other boys and men is the fact that he is able to realise that both the physical and metaphysical knowledge are rooted in a common true. In the most desperate of circumstances, while Pi is on his lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, imagination and storytelling are the keys to Pi's incredible story of survival.
Pi spends most of him time in despair, not just emotional, but physical. He wonders what the dark will do to the animals before hearing the barking of the hyena and the grunting of the orangutan. Instead of just a fantastical story, you find a fable with a moral. Anyway, once Pi and R. The first week is a horrific one as the animals battle for survival in the cramped boat and Pi quakes with fear as he tries to avoid being part of the food chain. The story begins before the fateful shipwreck that makes up most of the novel.
We can go as far as our reason will take us and then leave ourselves open to further possibilities -- just as Pi himself suggests. It's a castaway story and like all castaway and shipwreck stories it's about human endurance, indomitable spirit and man vs. He successfully pulls the rug out from under the reader and exposes the real message behind the book. This memory leads him to another subject of narration- Man. One thing I can be thankful for is that, although I could have spent the time reading any number of books I would have enjoyed more, reading Life of Pi at least saved me from spending money on the movie.
That won't make you see higher or further or differently. His father tries to convince him to pick one religion, and tells him to talk to his mother, who tries to convince him of the same thing. Of central importance to this novel is the theme of survival, even in seemingly impossible and adverse conditions. The tiger is nothing like Tigger or Lassie. The closing paragraphs of the chapter introduce a character, Richard Parker, as someone whom he misses, but who abandoned him.