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Piscine Molitor Patel is stranded on a lifeboat with a vicious tiger a deadly hyena a motherly orangutan and a hopeless zebra You think death would be imminent for Pi but Pi uses his knowledge to battle these animals Yann Martel puts the animals traits into Pis emotions in his book Life of Pi The animals on the lifeboat share a greater meaning than obstacles in his survival each one shares a different emotions that play a key part into this story Emotions such as fear hate and humanity all play a part in the animals Some emotions stand in the way of Pis survival and in order to survive he must battle these emotions by overcoming them The animals on Pis lifeboat represent conflicting emotions he experiences as he fights to survive Pis fear of death is portrayed through Richard parker who gives him an instinct to survive His first experience with a tiger was when his father showed Pi one of the most dangerous animals in the zoo When Pi was a young boy in his family zoo Pis father established this fear by showing his kids what happens to a goat when a tiger is hungry By showing his kids the dangerous side to a tiger it teaches Pi to never go near tigers and what they are capable of doing Evidence for this is Pis comment Ravi was right Truly I was to be the next goat I had a wet trembling half-drowned heaving and coughing three-year-old adult bengal tiger in my lifeboat99 This quote describes how Pi has feared tigers since he was little and that death was inevitable When Pi admits Truly I was to be the next goat he is thinking back to his childhood and reminiscing on the fear the tiger had brought him But hes not a miserable goat but he is smarter which allows him to survive Pi comments He might not be afraid of
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