You now have seen how dangerous wild animals can be, so I forbid you to go near the animals, especially the tiger.
This is my lifeboat and you will obey my territory and listen to what I tell you
I can't believe I'm eating an animal, I feel like Richard Parker.
Richard Parker, a tiger, helped me survive over 200 days on a lifeboat. He kept me busy and taught me to become a dominant and confident figure.
Through Pi's journey, we see symbols all through out with the different animals representing different things, however, Richard Parker is a symbol for Pi and his animal like personality. Towards the end of the novel, we see how Pi is a dynamic character because he changes from being timid and bullied to being dominant and demanding. Juxtaposition is putting Richard Parker and Pi together on a lifeboat, trying to survive with each other because the two are physically not similar in anyway. In the beginning of the story, Pi's first encounter with a tiger is foreshadowing his encounter with Richard Parker, and lastly, indirect characterization describes Pi's actions and shows the theme of dominance and the power of territory which played a huge part in this novel.