The protagonist in Life of Pi battles death for so long, his relationship with death becomes very complex. Death is the thing he must push as far away from himself as possible. Death is also part of life, and our protagonist begrudgingly admits this fact. He seeks death. He runs away from death. By the end of the novel, our protagonist might as well have dated death. They love each other, but used to hate each other. They've broken up a couple times. They've gotten back together. They're together but seeing other people.