Piscine Molitor In Yann Martel's Life Of Pi

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Piscine Molitor is a very diverse character featured in the novel “Life of Pi”, his character is very complex and is more than meets the eye. A person’s personality is a combination of characteristics and qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character. Different situations bring out a variety of different parts from someone’s personality. Many different aspects of Pi come to life throughout the book that allow the chance to understand him at a deeper level. In the novelLife of Pi” written by Yann Martel, Pi’s true character is personified through the zebra, the hyena, the orangutan, and the tiger. The zebra, is an animal that depicts aspects of Pi’s personality.
When the zebra is introduced to the storyline, it is clear there
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The Pi that was heartbroken about killing a fish is shown with this quote: “Tears flowing down my cheeks, I edged myself on until I heard a cracking sound and I no longer felt any life fighting beneath my hands.”(Martel 203). This Pi is soon replaced with a hardened more ruthless version of himself. He starts to resemble the hyena, one who does not hesitate to kill for food and can dismember and eat an animal without a second thought. Throughout the novel Pi seems to live with the motto that when there are desperate times you need to take desperate measures. At this point he is so hungry he will eat anything, such as Richard Parker’s waste. It is evident that Pi is developing into a more savage like nature or the savage side of him has been given the opportunity to make an appearance. Hyenas have been known to eat parts off of their own species. This cannibalistic behavior is also resembled by Pi: “I will further confess that, driven by the extremity of my need and the madness to which it pushed me, I ate some of his flesh”(Martel 284). As no sane human being would do this, Pi is starting to behave more like an animal. At certain times in the novel there is greed in Pi, much like the

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