The Life of Pi Study Notes

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Life of Pi Study Questions
Author’s Note
1. The author is the first speaker of the book. He seems patient, witty, and intellectual. Martel’s descriptive language shows that he is a deep thinker. 2. The story the author hears about Pi supposedly will make him believe in God. Chapter 1

3. Mr. Patel’s two majors in college are zoology and religion. Pi explains how such a beautiful miracles of life, such as the three toed sloth, remind him of God.

Chapter 2
4. Chapter is a short chapter that’s sole purpose is to describe Pi. The chapter hints Pi’s simplicity.

Chapter 3
5. Mr. Patel states that the pool is more formal and a “boring flatness.” On the contrary, he finds the beach to be very enjoyable. 6. Our narrator was named after the Piscine Moniter- the only that ever made Mamaji fall silent in awe.

Chapter 4
7. Piscine says that the only two things important to wild animals are the avoidance of enemies and getting food and water. 8. Piscine thinks that animals are better off in a zoo. Pi defends the zoo and attacks the common belief that wild animals are free, whereas captive animals are “unfree.” He explains that freedom in the wild is a myth, and that animals are restricted by their survival needs and instinct.

Chapter 5
9. In changing his own name, Pi shows us that he is independent, serious, and possible self-conscious.

Chapter 6
10. The author is speaking in this chapter, once again describing Pi. 11. The author notes that Pi’s cupboards are packed with a reserve of food.

Chapter 7
12. Pi relates Mr. Kumar’s body to a geometric figure. He also describes how he came about his atheism. 13. Mr. Kumar loves comes to the zoo so often to confirm his belief that everything is in order without God. 14. Pi believes that atheists are just from a different faith. He states that “They go as far as the legs of reason will carry them.”

Chapter 8
15. Zoologists commonly say that the most dangerous animal in the zoo is man. This is because humans are the top of the food chain and the rest of the planet is its prey. 16. ******That zoologists put themselves before

Chapter 10
17. Pi states that an animal hates the unknown above all else.

Chapter 13
18. Pi explains that circus lion tamers are able to tame dangerous beasts by establishing their territory. 19. According to Pi, the expression of social insecurity accounts for the hostile and aggressive behavior among animals.

Chapter 15
20. He compares Pi’s house to a temple. Pi practices several deferent religions.

Chapter 16
21. Pi claims that his heart commands that his heart commands him to be Hindu, and that he feels at home in the Hindu temple. The universe makes sense to him through Hindu eyes.

Chapter 17
22. It irritates Pi that God would let his son die.
23. At first, Pi was worried of being rejected, and felt out of place. The second time he entered the Catholic Church he entered without fear, for he knew that it was his house as well. 24. Pi likes that “Christianity is a religion in a rush.”

Chapter 18
25. Pi was born Hindu. He was introduced to Christianity when he visited the Catholic Church in Munnar through Father Martin’s stories. While exploring Pondicherry, Pi finds a Muslim bakery where he is introduced to Islam. Pi watches the Muslim baker pray, and later returns to the bakery and asks Mr. Kumar (the baker) about Islam, which he finds beautiful. 26. The humorous scene is when the baker surprises Pi.

Chapter 19
27. Pi enjoys praying in the mosque because it’s an open construction to God and the breeze. Pi claims to feel immediate religious contact when praying in the mosque.

Chapter 20
28. Pi feels that the finest reward is the presence of God. 29. The two intensely religious experiences Pi describes in this chapter are when he was on the way back from the bakery and felt as if he were in heaven. A second time...
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