Study Guide

Life of Pi Part 2, Chapter 37

By Yann Martel

Part 2, Chapter 37

  • Chapter 37 opens with the sentence, "The ship sank" (2.37.1).
  • Pi doesn't tell us how or why yet – but he's in a lifeboat, in the wind and the rain, encouraging Richard Parker the tiger, who is in the water, to swim up to him.
  • Pi throws Richard Parker a lifebuoy and just then realizes he probably shouldn't invite strange tigers into his lifeboat.
  • Alas, Richard Parker jumps into the lifeboat, and Pi jumps overboard.