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8. “After a thorough investigation, I made a complete list:
!" 192 tablets of anti-seasickness medicine !" 124 tin cans of fresh water, each containing 500 milliliters, so 62 liters in all !" 32 plastic vomit bags .........
!" 1 boy with a complete set of light clothing but for one lost shoe !" 1 spotted hyena !" 1 Bengal tiger !" 1 lifeboat !" 1 ocean !" 1 God” p. 145-146
Pi makes a very specific, quantitative list that goes on for two pages. The last entries on the list are both humorous and philosophical. Pi has God with him, even alone in the middle of the ocean.
9. “Only fear can defeat life.” p. 161
Pi is explaining the dangers of fear, but at the same time seems to be talking himself out of being afraid. Fear can cause the loss of belief and the loss of reason. The “light of words” defeats fear by not allowing your mind to wallow in it.
10. “It came as an unmistakable indication to me of how low I had sunk the day I noticed, with a pinching of the heart, that I ate like an animal, that this noisy, frantic, unchewing wolfing-down of mine was exactly the way Richard Parker ate.” p. 225
Pi kills and eats quickly so he can get his share before having to give it up to Richard Parker. He has become like an animal. Animals are not accountable to God for their actions. This scene comes at a time when Pi’s faith has waned.
11. “I know what you want. You want a story that won’t surprise you. That will confirm what you already know. That won’t make you see higher or further or differently.”
Pi is angry that the Japanese men do not believe his story. The have told him they want to know what really happened. This quote brings the climax of the story. Pi will tell a second story, without animals, about his survival. He will then press the men into confessing which they thought was the better story.
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