Richard Parker Courage

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Life of Pi essay Pi may seem like a timid Indian kid from Pondicherry (a town in India); however, he displays major feats of courage in Life of Pi by Yann Martel. First off, Pi learns that there is a zebra, hyena, orang-utan (named Orange Juice), and a 450 pound Bengal tiger (named Richard Parker) in the lifeboat Pi is in. The ship he was riding to Canada sunk due to an unknown reason. Pi is the only human survivor. Eventually, Pi and Richard Parker are the only ones left on the boat (the hyena ate the zebra, Orange Juice attacked and died while fighting the hyena, and Richard Parker killed and ate the hyena). Throughout the story, Pi has to continuously interact and avoid Richard Parker for more than 200 days (which is more than 7 months). Pi says “I was dead centre in the focus of his [Richard Parker] stare.” (pg. 227). He showed courage because Richard Parker was staring right at him, and he didn’t try to completely bail off the boat, and he was able to eventually “tame” Richard Parker.…show more content…
It may not seem like much, but it was a much bigger deal than you would think it was to him. Pi says when he was a little kid, he would shudder at the sound of a banana opening because it sounded like an animal’s neck breaking. He also said “Tears flowing down my cheeks, I edged myself on until I heard a cracking sound and I no longer felt any life [the fish] fighting in my hands.” He eventually overcomes the killing of the animals, but that initial kill to start it is always the hardest to overcome, and Pi was able to overcome it

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