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It is important to Pi to establish himself in his new school. He is not athletic like his brother, who he compares to Kapil Dev (captain of India’s World Cup cricket team, 1983), but he is clever and knows how to train animals/humans. He repeats his lesson about his new name until it is accepted. In the last paragraph of the chapter, Pi defines himself with his new name.
The name Pi carries much meaning. In math pi is an irrational number,
but though “irrational,” it is used to understand a great deal about the
universe, logically and rationally. Pi will experience “irrational,” unbelievable
things in Part 2 that he explains, logically and rationally. The number
represented by pi describes the relationship between the diameter of a
circle and its circumference. Pi will describe the relationship between
his linear journey and his cycles of faith. For more on the significance
of “Pi,” see Symbolism/Motif/Imagery section.
Once again the author interjects giving the reader particulars about
the adult Pi’s cooking skill. He also notes that Pi has a “reserve of
food to last the siege of Leningrad.”
The character of the narrator is developed further with each of the author’s commentaries. The siege of Leningrad lasted 900 days between September 1941 and January 1944. Food was so limited that hundreds of thousands died of starvation. Why Pi would hoard so much food will become apparent later in Part Two.
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