Pi Patel is a 16-year-old South Indian boy with a soft spot for Religion. But, Despite his beliefs, he also studies zoology for his love for animals. Because of this, he is also vegan and helps his father care for the animals at his zoo.
"Victims of cancer or car accidents, once they heard my story, they hobbled and wheeled over to see me, they and their families, though none of them spoke English and I spoke no Spanish." pg.6
Richard Parker is an adult Bengal Tiger who overall creates more problems for Pi as he tries to not only survive at sea but survive at sea with him. Richard Parker's physical needs add to Pi's to-do list of challenges and by not changing and being a tiger, he is static and flat.
"I looked down between my legs. I thought I would faint for joy. The open locker glistened with shiny new things. Oh, the delight of the manufactured good, the man-made device, the created thing!" pg.77
The main theme of this novel is that when in the need to survive, your morals must be left behind. Pi was forced to give up his vegetarianism in order to stay alive while stranded at sea.
"The ship sank. It made a sound like a monstrous metallic burp. Things bubbled at the surface and then vanished." pg.56
This use of foreshadowing early in the book talks about Pi explaining his conflicts in very general terms, leaving us with little information that we won't learn until the end of the story.
The lifeboat in the story symbolizes safety and care for Pi, specifically by granting him needed materials to survive for so long without assistance.
When the cargo ship begins to sink, it creates a suspenseful situation, leaving the readers with questions on how the ship sank.