Animal Imagery In Yann Martel's Life Of Pi

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The use of animal imagery in Life of Pi “The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule: we should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position”(Christine Stevens). Animals are people’s friends, people should not hurt, even kill them. Animals occupy the most significant space in Pi’s heart in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi because Pi likes and enjoys staying with animals; if someone hurts animals, then he will feel sympathetic and wants to save them; and Pi is not willing to kill the animals. Pi believes zoo is a paradise on the earth because he enjoys his time that he lives with animals, and also he can observe each animal very carefully. On one morning, when Pi ready to go to school and walks out the main gate, he meets an unforgettable experience. “Every morning before I was out the main gate I had one last impression that was both ordinary and unforgettable: a pyramid of turtles; the iridescent snout of a mandrill; the stately silence of a giraffe; the obese, yellow open mouth of a hippo; the beak-and-claw climbing of a macaw parrot up a wire fence; the greeting claps of a shoebill’s bill; the senile, lecherous expression of a camel”(Martel 18). Pi likes staying with animals and he is familiar with their every particular gesture and behavior. Furthermore, Pi can learn a lot of knowledge by observing each animal’s behavior, feeling familiar with them, and then remembering their every particular gesture. In
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