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Life of Pi - Part 2 Chapter 48 Summary & Analysis

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Part 2 Chapter 48 Summary

Pi told the story of how Richard Parker got his name. As a cub he was captured when his mother was shot with tranquilizer darts by a hunter looking for a man-eating panther. After temporarily crippling the mother with darts, the hunter found the cub in some shrubbery crying for her. Both were sent to the Pondicherry Zoo. At the shipping station somehow paperwork got mixed up and the name of the hunter, Richard Parker, was mistaken for the name of the cub. The name stuck.

Part 2 Chapter 48 Analysis

This chapter is characterization of the tiger, Richard Parker. The reader learns that the cub was taken from the wild very young and had known life in the zoo its entire adult life. We also learn that, like Pi, Richard Parker is also an orphan, having lost his mother.

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