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Most members of a society experience a tragic event for example the loss of a friend loved one etc Yann Martels novel Life of Pi tells the story of Piscine Pi Patel an Indian boy named after a pool in France who sets sail with his family towards Canada with their fathers collection of zoo animals As soon their boat reached the open Pacific it sank Pi managed to get aboard a lifeboat where he was stranded for 227 days with a wounded zebra and orangutan a hyena and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker But the question is did Pi Patel imagine the whole ordeal Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD can cause people to have a loss of time place or person orientation or even an increased or decreased awareness of surroundings1 Did he imagine being aboard the life boat with a tiger named Richard Parker Was the second story Pi told real Or is this just a story for Pi to tell to get people to think twice about religion Pi Patel seems to be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD Over 600000 Vietnam veterans suffer from PTSD1 because of the tragic and traumatic events they went through for the 16 years that the war lasted After the ship Pi was on sunk Pi started to imagine the animals on the lifeboat What had happened was so terrifying to Pi that he imagined the whole experience or came up with characters to fill in roles of a story People who experience traumatic events often try to avoid reminders about that event Sometimes these people are aware of the fact that they are avoiding reminders but in other instances survivors do not know that their actions are caused by a need to avoid reminders1 To further prove the point that Pis subconscious is avoiding reminders in chapter 90 page 269 right as Pi says Farwell Dear Father dear
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