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Elements of Fears In Yann Martels novel Life of Pi Pi seems to be shocked and terrified by many fear factors such as the sinking of his ship being alone with Richard Parker The Bengal Tiger the death of zebra the death of hyena and so on All these fear elements that haunted Pi during his long journey also taught him survival techniques While on his 227 days through the shark infested waters Pi encountered many ordeals which at a time made him hopeless and at a time made him to ask different Gods faith for example Vishnu Hindu God Muhammad Islamic Prophet and Jesus Christians God Some of the evidences of his fear includes his description of the tiger teeth his intention to make a raft so that he can use and abandon Richard Parker his dilemma decision as to whether to jump above the tiger or hover over the sharks and repeated words about his plan 6 use of similes especially when he compares his fright to that of Sage Markandya who fell out of Vishnus mouth while Vishnu was sleeping Although Richard Parker scared him to death Pi later said that RPs company occupied his mind and didnt therefore think about the fate of his parents Pi added that RP was both his nightmare and his happiness p181 The first fear element that shocked Pi the most was the sinking of his ship This was a big nightmare and the beginning of all terrors that haunted Pi His father was an atheist and because of this incident he tends to different religious faith for rescue This is in fact one of the ironies in this story for an atheist son to turn to faith religion for a help The second element was the death of a zebra being a lovely animal to him Pi was so saddened and terrified by zebras death Pi added
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