The japanese boat Tsimtsum in which the family takes to travel to Canada with all their animals unfortunately sinks. Pi is able to escape onto a life raft as for the rest of his family ends up not surviving the wreck. The big turning point in the story where Pi now has to find out a way to survive. A tiger named “Richard Parker”, a zebra, a hyena and an Orangutan named “Orange Juice” are all stuck on a lifeboat with Pi. Pi begins to start using the wisdom his dad had taught him through the years.
Lastly, the real reason for this quest and that being a strong will of survival. Pi has to find land to save not only his life, but to find out if his family or any of the animals survived as well. The sad reality was he never did find his family, but he was gifted with the wisdom and the strength of his family or even possibly his religion to save himself from a certain
Also, since the supplies on the lifeboat was only for a few days until rescue came, they began to run out of food and could no longer fish due to the lack of energy. Around the end of his journey Pi washes up among this carnivores Island. The island acts as a reward for them both because there is food fresh water ponds and a safe place to restore their energy. Many muskrats roamed the island and dead fish that came out of the freshwater pond at night. Unfortunately it wasn't what they had expected because Pi found human teeth in fruit like plants, the island became acidic at night, and the fish were salt water fish in a freshwater pond.
Luckily, Pi gets on a life boat just in time but weirdly enough, with four zoo animals who were also in the freighter. Pi continues his journey by learning how to live in a small space with these animals and even training one of them. In the end Pi reveals another story with people replacing the animals that were on the lifeboat before. Pi had initially used animals which best represented the people who were really in the boat. This showed how throughout the story, since these people were put into a life threatening situation, they had revealed a more primal side.
Also, Pi was without a family. Inevitably, Pi suffered while lost at sea. The scorching hot sun and lack of food caused great punishment for his health. Also, the adversity led to the failure of Pi thinking he could withstand the trials of being a shipwrecked young man. His courageous success of survival through the loss of his family and suffering earned him the title of an archetypal hero.
Years later Koro is determined to find a leader and begins to teach and train the boys, in which Pai is not allowed to join because she is a girl. In a final test Koro throws a sacred whale tooth in the ocean but the boys cannot retrieve it. Later, Pai dives for the tooth and is successful, proving her right as leader.
Throughout his 227-day journey, Pi becomes a clear archetypal hero. Pi and his family live in an unfortunate time period, where economic downfall and the threat of martial law plagues the country of India. Pi’s father believes that the family should move to Canada because poor, long-term politics is bad for the business of their zoo. He also wants his sons to live a better life, and hold better chances at a successful future in a prosperous land. When Pi’s father announces the news during a family dinner, Pi is found
At the beginning of the story, it would appear that Pi is trying to determine the kind of person he wants to be as he grows up, to find his identity, so to speak. This is first hinted at when Pi discusses his struggles throughout grade school, especially being nicknamed “Pissing” Patel. Displeased with this nickname, Pi sets out to create a new identity for himself at Petit Seminaire by demanding that everyone shorten his name to Pi, instead of Piscine. As Part One progresses, Pi’s attitude of rebellion stays strong. Some could argue that Pi takes part in three religions at once out of rebellion.
According to Yann Martel in Life of Pi, fear provokes flight to safety, desperation for hope, and illusion of desires. In Life of Pi, Pi and his family flee from Pondicherry to safety out of fear of losing their zoo to the unjust government. "Mrs. Gandhi could have personally bombed the zoo... too see his father sick of worry" (Martel, 87). Mr. Patel was frightened by the power that Mrs. Gandhi had over India and feared having his territory invaded and the risk of losing everything he had worked so hard for. For the same token, humans as well as animals have a certain flight distance and flee to find safety at the mere threat to invade it.
Through a careful examination and analysis it is clear that Piscine’s morals and beliefs were impacted by his nurturing. There are many ways Pi was influenced by his family. Despite all odds, Piscine survives a brutal boat ride with a dangerous bengal tiger on a boat. All while keeping his faith of god and remembering his family who tragically passed away prior to being stranded. His family gave him the strength and tools needed to survive.