it's my interpretation, yknot, because of course anything is possible in fiction. Even subduing starving tigers. But the ending is so powerful to me, when pi admits the truth, breaks down in front of them, promises they'll never see Richard Parker again, proves it by sharing the cookies ... he has undergone an incredible religious experience, an overwhelming emotional attack, and survived it by the power of his mind. It is really the only way I can make sense of the book, regardless of other peoples' interpretations. It's also a wonderful tease ... building that beautiful, elaborate story and then tearing it down in a few pages. I can imagine the author laughing his head off at us and how we became emotionally invested in a lie.
The book remains fascinating to me, helping us "agree to disagree" ... and for that reason alone, a boon to religious tolerance. Each of us recognize our own reality. A great lead-off read for our book club.
I think that you have the interpretation exactly right. It was an idea brilliantly executed by the author.
When I saw corruption, I was forced to find truth on my own. I couldn't swallow the hypocrisy.
The animals are not real in the story... they didnt escape from their cages when the ship sank, that was the point at which pi began transfering harsh reality into a fake animal world. The animals running around the ship were actually people. Also, there was no cook. Pi has 3 alter egos the story... first he was the cook, killing the sailor and canibalising him for food, and then killing his mother in a fit of madness and rage. After realizing the horror of the things he had done, pi "kills" that part of himself, and buries it underneath his new alter ego of Richard Parker. Richard Parker is Pi's survival instinct. Without him, Pi would have died in the ocean. However, Richard Parker was ruthless and brutal. Towards the end of his time at sea, a storm hits, forcing Pi into the boat with Richard Parker. This symbolizes the point where Pi and his animal traits personified in Richard Parker become an inseperable one, at least for the duration of his life at sea. When Pi loses the raft (the symbol of his seperation from his alter egos) and becomes blind, he is no longer able to seperate his identities. They all begin mixing in his imagination during his halucination. First he "talks" to Richard Parker, who says that he has killed to people, a man and a woman. Since Pi equals Richard Parker who equals the Cook, this is inkeeping with the theme. The man and the woman are the sailor and Pi's mother, who Pi murdered when he was the cook. Then Pi realizes that Richard Parker has a french accent, as his hallucination begins drift towards the earlier part of his journey. It is like unpeeling an onion. The french man (the cook was french, just as pi was born in a french colony in india), talks of cannibalism and other strange eating practices and then tries to eat Pi. This is the end of his halluciantion. However, there is deep meaning behind this. Pi, who did what was arguably necessary to survive, could not cope with his murder of his mother and the sailor, as well as his decent into meat eating and cannibalizim. Thus, he pretended he was a grusome cook, and then a tiger to cope. Later, he could not seperate these different versions of himself and they all came flooding back in a bout of madness, causing him to finally consider head on the terrible things he had done. However, Pi has one more alter ego, the island. The island symbolizes 2 things: Pi's decent into cannibalism, and his relationship with God. Pi comes to realize while "on the island" that during his time being shipwrecked, he had become so involved with eating, drinking, and general survival that he had become distant from God. He realized that the only way he could continue to truly live, both in this life, and immortaly, was to escape the "island". Ironically however, he only realized this once there was nothing left for Pi to eat but the molar of the sailor. This is truly a comment on human nature. Pi leaves the island and returns home. Once he reaches the shore, Richard Parker, his beloved alter ego leaves without a second glance- his brutal will to live is no longer needed. Later, Pi recounts both the animal filled, and animal-less story to the reporters. However, neither is true. Pi has such a love for stories that every account of what had happened seems true to him. Perhaps even, he has still not quite faced the truth of what took place.
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