Among the higher animals there is no trace of them. As many anti-theists make claims people fall back on religion, so in this case the investigators like story 2 because it falls back on their believes without taking a leap of faith to believe what is in front of your eyes. The boys were traumatized by this sight, but their father continued by listing other ways even seemingly docile animals could hurt or kill them. In this version of Pi's tale, the cargo ship sinks and, during the ensuing chaos, he is joined on the lifeboat by a ragtag group of zoo animals that also managed to escape: an orangutan, a spotted hyena, a zebra with a broken leg, and a Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker. Whereas the number of animals being tested should be limited! Religion doesn't change one's basic nature. Pi notices that Richard Parker urinates on a tarp to mark his territory.
I don't have an opinion one way or the other. I became an atheist after inspecting my religious belief that was instilled by parents I suspect most atheist are like this. I believe that all of the animals seen in this story represent different aspects of Pi's personality. Now for me, here is the first clue. My take is similar to Nif's.
So how could such a person be anything like a dangerous creature such as Richard Parker? Piscine Molitor Patel, known to all as Pi, is a Hindu boy who embarks on a journey to Canada along with his family and their zoo animals. Zoos are no exception, as Pi explains here: 'I don't mean to defend zoos. Even things as strange as two life boats with two blind men on each bumping into eachother, in the middle of the pacific and one life boat has a tiger on it. We will not remove any content for bad language alone, or being critical of a particular book. The author wants the reader to believe that this is a true story, that this realy did happen to a guy name Pi Martel, but yet the reader nows that this is a fictional story. Whether it was factually true its totally beside the point in my opinion.
This large carnivorous feline is a Bengal tiger by the name of Richard Parker. The first story is beautiful, comforting, lyrical and warm, the second is hard and vile and heart-breaking. What is it about animal and human interactions that are not suitable for the adult world? The entire book is designed in a way to give faith of some kind to the reader. Infants will stay with their mothers for some six or seven years until they develop the skills to survive on their own. I believe the animal story, because that's what Pi believed, and that's what he needed in order to survive.
Animals, like humans, generally like comfort and ritual, so a good zoo provides a sense of order that they have no desire to escape from. He wants us to create our own version, substituting what we believe the characters represent with our own. For example, many people believe that Richard Parker, the Bengal tiger, is Pi himself. Martel may have written the story, but he wrote it in a way that allowed the readers to take away their own conclusion based off the opinions they found to be more realistic to them. Just like how him making up this story with animals makes his experience seem better to us and to him.
I think that showed that Pi also assumed he was open-minded, when really his instinct was to survive like everyone else. The people in the story turned out to be wrong and realized animals do not always behave and relay the same emotions as human. When Pi tried to go back to find his family, the stairs were covered with water. Making up a story to prove a point doesn't match his character. There are 4 survivors set out on the lifeboat. I think that Richard Parker was a metaphor for Pi's will to survive. Themes in Life of Pi In Life of Pi, author Yann Martel deals with several important themes, some of which concern relationships between humans and animals.
That is not the conventional western way of thinking, for sure! However, religion is like a family when you need to feel like you belong somewhere. Interpretation is subjective but the question is intended to serve as a moment of theological reflection. I for one try to enjoy life as much as possible while respecting others, and believing in god would not make the universe more elegant than I view it now. This points toward the fact that his story requires the leap of faith, just as God does. Gods also show feelings unique to mankind such as jealousy, greed, love, etc.
So pi decides to also urinate on the tarp to mark his territory. I don't believe a human could do what the animals did even if it is to survive. The first is for the person that can believe anything and believes in the imagination, in a way. Do you believe the second story as science over religion in the first story, or do you believe the second story because your brain rules the common sense is the truth which this station puts you in the same shoes as the investigators at first I think the author wants you to think the animal story is true as with the evidence and all the articles seem to me to indicate he sees it as the religious mirror where it can make people believe in God. Pi describes the wonders of the zoo and compares it to a hotel with especially uncooperative guests. Which is something that all mystics and spiritual masters say. Of course, I could be wrong and maybe the names are just a coincidence.
Non-human animals should not be a part of destruction, pain, incarceration and underprivileged conditions that are caused by humans, yet they are. However he also seems self-aware he wrote it in a way to test because their are arguments on each side. You can watch the video, or you can download the podcast by following the link on the right side of the screen here: The reference to The Life of Pi comes at about 28-29 min. This shows that Pi has to change his normal way of doing things and adapt to Richard Parkers way of life. Pi had told this whole elaborate story, but when pressed came out with the other.
It was not about comfort but rather that explaining the universe with god is suppose to be more elegant and this I and probably most atheist will disagree with. There were so many eager, curious hands that pulled at the curtain that we had to replace it regularly. Surely the emotions felt would have been consistent between the two versions if allegory was his purpose. Sometimes I would also dress my pets and style their hair, which was very unfortunate for them. In the end, Martel leaves it up to the reader.