Ch 6: Characters in Life of Pi

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Make sure you know about all of the characters in ''Life of Pi'' by referencing the materials found in this helpful chapter. The lessons focus on the major characters in the novel and how they connect to one another, and if you have any character questions, you can send them to our team of experts.

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the characters in Life of Pi for a standard English course. Topics covered include:

  • The meaning of Pi Patel's name and the significance of his character
  • Religion's influence on Pi's life
  • The roles of Gita, Ravi, and Santosh Patel in the novel
  • Francis Adirubasamy
  • Atsuro Chiba and Tomohiro Okamoto
  • An analysis of the cook and the Frenchman in the novel
  • Symbolism of orange juice
  • Deeper meaning of hyena and the sailor/zebra
  • Significance of Richard Parker
  • The departure of Richard Parker and his relationship with Pi
  • A review of the atheist and Muslim mystic Satish Kumars

16 Lessons in Chapter 6: Characters in Life of Pi
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Pi Patel in Life of Pi

1. Pi Patel in Life of Pi

This lesson will focus on Pi Patel, the central character of Yann Martel's ''Life of Pi''. We will go over Pi's character traits, unique set of beliefs, as well as the manner in which he recalls his survival on the Pacific Ocean for 227 days.

Pi's Name in Life of Pi: Meaning, Symbolism & Significance

2. Pi's Name in Life of Pi: Meaning, Symbolism & Significance

In this lesson, we'll discover the derivation of Pi's name, the titular character in ''Life of Pi.'' We'lll learn about how his given name and his nickname reflect larger themes in the novel, such as circle and water symbolisms.

The Role of Religion in Pi's Life

3. The Role of Religion in Pi's Life

In this lesson, we'll examine how religion has influenced Pi's life, looking at the interplay of Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam in shaping Pi's narrative and influencing the way he recalls his story.

Gita Patel in Life of Pi

4. Gita Patel in Life of Pi

In the book 'Life of Pi' by Yann Martel, it is easy to get caught up in the story and even lose track of the characters. This may be especially true for characters like Gita Patel who is present early in the book and then disappears. Read on to get a refresher on this woman.

Ravi Patel in Life of Pi

5. Ravi Patel in Life of Pi

In 'Life of Pi', the main character focuses on his own adventures for most of the story, which makes it hard to get to know the other characters. Fortunately, the narrator gives us some interesting information about Ravi. Read on to find out more.

Santosh Patel in Life of Pi

6. Santosh Patel in Life of Pi

In this lesson, we will examine Santosh Patel from Yann Martel's ''Life of Pi''. Mr. Patel, Pi's father, is a zookeeper in India that decides to move the family to Canada for political reasons.

Life of Pi: Francis Adirubasamy

7. Life of Pi: Francis Adirubasamy

Francis Adirubasamy presents a conundrum in Yann Martel's ''Life of Pi''. Is he a fictional character or an actual person? Yann Martel uses Francis to encourage discussion about metafiction as Francis blurs the thin line between fiction and reality.

Tomohiro Okamoto & Atsuro Chiba in Life of Pi

8. Tomohiro Okamoto & Atsuro Chiba in Life of Pi

The concluding chapters of Yann Martel's ''Life of Pi'' introduce Mr. Okamoto and Mr. Chiba. Although these two characters have a very minor role in the story, it is important. They address the question of fiction, and their reactions to Pi's story provide crucial insight.

Frenchman & the Cook in Life of Pi: Analysis & Quotes

9. Frenchman & the Cook in Life of Pi: Analysis & Quotes

The Frenchman and the Cook are perhaps better known collectively as the hyena in Yann Martel's novel 'Life of Pi.' During Pi's revised story, the human versions of these characters are identified. The similarities in Pi's two stories reveal the true nature of these characters.

Orange Juice in Life of Pi: Quotes & Symbolism

10. Orange Juice in Life of Pi: Quotes & Symbolism

In this lesson, we will examine the character, Orange Juice, who is the most maternal of the zoo animals that share a lifeboat with Pi in Yann Martel's ''Life of Pi''.

Hyena in Life of Pi: Symbolism & Quotes

11. Hyena in Life of Pi: Symbolism & Quotes

In this lesson we learn why Pi creates an alternate reality in which he is stranded with animals and not human beings in 'The Life of Pi.' We also learn how the hyena, an especially gruesome animal, serves as a symbol for the French cook and his inhumane acts.

Sailor/Zebra in Life of Pi: Quotes & Symbolism

12. Sailor/Zebra in Life of Pi: Quotes & Symbolism

In this lesson, we will examine the characters of the zebra and the sailor from Yann Martel's ''Life of Pi'' by looking at quotes. Further, we will identify their symbolism in the novel.

Richard Parker in Life of Pi: Symbolism, Analysis & Significance

13. Richard Parker in Life of Pi: Symbolism, Analysis & Significance

While he might look like a tiger, he represents so much more! In this lesson, you'll learn more about the symbolism and significance behind ''Life of Pi's'' Richard Parker, and what it means for the main character, Pi.

Richard Parker's Departure in Life of Pi

14. Richard Parker's Departure in Life of Pi

In this lesson, we will examine the human-animal relationship between Pi and Richard Parker in Yann Martel's novel ''Life of Pi''. Focusing on the tiger's departure at the end of the story, the lesson delves into the novel's unique treatment of animals.

Richard Parker's & Pi's Relationship in Life of Pi

15. Richard Parker's & Pi's Relationship in Life of Pi

In ''Life of Pi'', the 227 days at sea that Pi spent on a lifeboat were filled with despair and adventure - and facing his fear of the tiger Richard Parker. This lesson explores Pi's relationship with Richard Parker.

Satish Kumars in Life of Pi: Atheist & Muslim Mystic

16. Satish Kumars in Life of Pi: Atheist & Muslim Mystic

This lesson will examine the two men named Satish Kumar in Yann Martel's 'Life of Pi.' Although these men have very different viewpoints, they exert equal influence on the young Pi.

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