Survival and the Will to Live | Life of Pi - Creative …
Life of Pi
Pi is a vegetarian and pacifist
Kills fish in order to survive
Demonstrates will to live
Returns in becoming a vegetarian afterward
Richard Parker can live without Pi
Realizes: needs to train Richard Parker
Uses minimal equipment like a whistle and turtle shells
After multiple attempts, Pi claims dominance
“My mouth watered as I waited.
Culminating Essay | Life of Pi - Gurvir Hansra
He starts to let go of some of his beliefs. Before having to survive stranded in the Pacific Ocean, Pi participated frequently in his religions, now he makes religion less of a priority and he must only concentrate on his survival. Even though he does have some doubts about God, he continues believing in him. Pi’s belief in God also aids him to cope with his emotional stresses. He feels that believing in God gives him some hope. Pi’s forced to end his vegetarian lifestyle because he has to kill and eat fish in order to survive. At one point, Pi even urinates on the boat to mark his territory, the same way Richard Parker had done in the past. This shows how he becomes more like an animal, Pi also thinks about eating the feces or drinks the urine of the tiger. From Pi’s actions we learn that as humans, we are able to adapt to different situations by disregarding our beliefs, as well as changing the way we act in odor to survive. If you were in Pi’s scenario and you had the will to live, you would probably try anything to survive. In Pi’s case he instantly gave up being a vegetarian, and his first non-vegetarian meal was a raw fish.
Pi says “Without Richard Parker, I wouldn’t be alive today to tell you my story.” (Martel 182) Quote #2 "So the Taiwanese sailor is the zebra, his mother is the orang-utan; the cook is...the hyena – which means he's the tiger!" (Martel 346 Thesis Statement In the novel “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel, an Indian boy named Piscine Molitor Patel or Pi, becomes shipwrecked on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean.