Pi's Survival

Abandoning is key once stranded on a lifeboat
Hesham Hammoud

Pi’s survival was everything to him. Trying to save everyone was much too hard. Having to share a limited amount of space with a female orangutan named Orange Juice, a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, and a Bengal Tiger by the name of Richard Parker was much too difficult to maintain peace, and keep everyone alive. After death started to occur, Pi’s only concern was for his own life, which caused him to abandon his morals, and become somewhat of an animal. Being mentally strong, and having faith in God benefited him greatly. In Yann Martel’s novel, Life of Pi, the author demonstrates the notion that sometimes you must abandon the responsibility of saving others in order to save yourself.

Richard Parker helped Pi out greatly. He first started off by killing the hyena, which relieved Pi of some of his stress. However, that caused Pi to think that in order to survive he must become Richard Parker. When Pi began acting like a fierce tiger, he abandoned his morals, such as eating meat. Meat has never touched Pi’s mouth, but when he realized that it had protein, he did what was necessary of him to survive. Vegetarian foods were available, but they were scarce. Pi even took it a step further and began killing animals at every chance he had. He may have felt bad, but after coming to the realization that it provides him with food, he soon forgot about it. Pi did not have a single regret afterward, considering it saved his life just as much as God did.

God played a major aspect in Pi’s survival. He believed that God was with him throughout the journey, even in the middle of no where such as the Pacific Ocean. As Pi was in the life boat he screamed to the world that the water belonged to God, showing the amount of faith in God. This raised his confidence and showed the amount of hope he had in his survival. God was also Pi’s only friend on the lifeboat before he had tamed Richard Parker. This took...