Life Of Pi Animal Analysis

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Animal Imagery’s Significance in Life of Pi Have you ever been on a boat with 4 animals? You should have if you ever got on a ferry for travelling because humans are animals as well. Therefore, Pi not only tells that animals just mean themselves, but also each of them has their humanity side, so there are a lot of animal imageries in this book, Like of Pi. In Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, animals are used to symbolize the characters to show humans and animals are equal, Pi has two sides, and also to make the characters more vivid.

Equality between humans and animals gives a strong reason to why Pi uses animals to symbolize the characters. Visitors of Pi’s zoo used to give food to the animals. This kind of actions always caused animals became
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After the hyena killed the orangutan on the lifeboat, Pi felt extremely angry and sad. However, he could not do anything because he knew that he would not win the hyena, and also he was bounded by his religion. After a while, the tiger put a period to hyena’s life: “Richard Parker had risen and emerged. He was not fifteen feet from me. Oh, the size of him! The hyena’s end had come, and mine. I stood rooted to the spot, paralyzed in thralls to the action before my eyes” (Martel 68). Because the orangutan played a role of mother, and she let Pi feel warm and have an accompany, her death was a grievous news to Pi. Owing to the religious rule, Pi could not take a revenge, but Richard Parker could. Her death evoked the evil side or the brave side of Pi which was the tiger. Although they grew up together, Pi had no trust in him because his father taught him to do so. The word “mine” indicates that he could not control the tiger, and he was afraid of the tiger as well. However, the tiger killed the hyena without any notification or sound, so he might have a purpose. That’s why I thought the tiger symbolizes Pi, the dark part or the brave part of Pi. As a result, Pi used animals to symbolize characters show Pi’s humanity side and evil part clearly to …show more content…
Tirler (1966) reported a three toed sloth, and also the place it lived with some images. After Pi saw it on his own, he thinks it acts like a human: “I am not one given to projecting human traits and emotions onto animals, but many a time during that month in Brazil, looking up at sloths in response. I felt I was in the preserve of upside-down yogis deep in meditations or hermits deep in prayer, wise beings whose intense imaginative lives were beyond the reach of my scientific probing” (Martel 7). Because Pi states that he never put human traits and emotions on an animal, his action which is thinking the sloth into yogis shows how animals’ actions set themselves off to human-beings. Moreover, each animals has their own characteristics; for instance, when we see the sloth for the first time, we might think they are slow, motion less, and lazy, so we never use it to symbolize a murder but a yogi, a person spent many years practicing the philosophy of yoga, because they are kind of similar. As a result, Pi uses animals to symbolize the characters in his story because this makes characters’ characteristics more

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