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Giving the tiger the human name Richard Parker challenges the distinctions between humans and animals that Pi has been describing all along. This humanizes the tiger that is to become a main character. Pi also slips into anthropomorphizing again, “Don’t you love life?”, “We’re in hell yet still we’re afraid of immortality.” His religious values are providing the motivation to save himself and another of God’s creatures.
Pi describes the first days of the voyage. He is interested in the chimpanzee and her bananas (complete with large spiders). Ravi is interested in the engine room of the ship, where he thinks something is wrong. In the middle of the night, Pi hears an explosion. He tries to wake Ravi, but ends up leaving him and goes out on deck alone. It is stormy, so Pi decides to go back below, but he cannot because the stairwell is filling with water. He goes back on deck, bewildered, hearing the groans of the ship and the shrieks of the animals. Up on the bridge, he finds three Chinese crewmembers. They shove a life jacket with an orange whistle at Pi and throw him overboard.
He lands on the tarpaulin of a suspended lifeboat, losing the life jacket but not the whistle. The Chinese men are shouting at him. A zebra leaps off the ship and crashes into the bottom of the boat. The boat breaks free and splashes into the water.
Pi goes back to describe the sinking of the Tsimtsum and how he ended up in the lifeboat with a zebra. He does not yet understand why the Chinese crewmen are shouting at him. This is a chapter of frightening confusion for Pi.
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