Raising Pi for Survival
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This paper takes a look at the novel "Life of Pi" by Canadian novelist Yann Martel. The author reviews and summarizes the novel, introducing the protagonist Piscine Molitor Patel, or Pi and describes his childhood and upbringing. The paper outlines how Pi's father Santosh who was a zookeeper at the Pondicherry zoo, taught Pi about the dangers and psychology of animals. The author also explains how it is this knowledge about animals, and Pi's religious beliefs that lead to his ultimate survival.
From the Paper:"Pi's father was a very big influence on him. When Pi was young, his father showed him the dangers of wild animals. Santosh explicitly demonstrates for Pi and his brother Ravi, how a starving Bengal tiger reacts to a goat being introduced into its cage. "Never forget this lesson" (Martel 44). The two boys watch in horror as the tiger ripped apart a goat that was placed in its pen. Pi learns not to think of animals in a humanistic way. On the lifeboat, this information eludes him at first , as he calls for Richard Parker to join him. Pi is so scared and alone that he is happy to see a familiar face. Once he realizes that he is trying to pull a tiger aboard, however, he tries to retract his previous attempts. He fails miserably."
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- Cole, Owen. "The Story of Gopala." http://www.sln.org.uk/storyboard/stories/h4.htm.>
- Craig. "A Reputation of Courage." Kids Sunday School Place. January 2009.<http://www.kidssundayschool.com/Gradeschool/Lessons/1daniel02.php>
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