The Light In Richard Parker

my blog of survival



          I was terrified. I heard a metallic burping noise. One moment I was sleeping in my cage the next moment I was let loose. The boat was shaking, the clouds were dark, rain pouring down heavily. I could feel the boat sinking so I panicked and jumped off of it immediately. I made the decision to jump out of impulse and I did what I needed to survive. I was terrified of the water and I soon thought I was going to die. Suddenly I saw a boy and I kept my eyes on him. He threw me a lifebuoy and I stretched forward and took hold of it. The boy grabbed a oar and tried to push me away but I pulled myself aboard. I was holding on to my dear life and managed to survive and got out of the scary water.

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My Sign of Friendliness

          I was content after I was finished eating the hyena. I was looking at the boy intently and was just simply observing the boy. I enjoyed the presence of this boy as he kept his distance. The boy seemed fearful of me before but has slowly grown upon me. He had provided me with food and water, everything I have needed. I wanted this boy to come closer. I made a snort sound that came for my nostrils, a sign of friendliness I wanted to show towards the boy. I rarely made this noise but this boy was different. I repeated the nose again and my plan had finally worked. The boy stood up and blew his whistle. I listened and did what I thought the boy wanted me to do. 

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Killing Out of Fear

          I noticed the boy was in a state worse of than I was. He seemed faint and as if he were in darkness and no longer alive. I myself was dying of starvation and heat. I was desperate for food and water. A strange man approached the boat which was my territory. He was speaking to the boy as he approached him with a rope. I could feel that the boy who has been my life on this boat was in danger. I felt fear as this stranger was approaching the boy in violence so I did what I thought should be done. I ripped the flesh off the man’s frames and cracked his bones. Killing him for my well being as this man was not welcomed.

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Letting Go

          We reached a beach and I jumped over the boy. I passed directly in front of him on my way to the right. I could not look at him. I reached the jungle and stopped. I wondered if I should say goodbye to the boy. I did not and decided I needed to let go. I disappeared forever out of the boys life but it was out of hope and despair. I knew it was the right thing to do but it felt so wrong. This boy had guided me through so much the past months but I needed to move on. If I had kept hanging on to the boy I would never be able to live my life happily and freely to my full potential. I hope the boy does well and that he will move on too and maybe start a new life like me.

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Blog Design

          The reason why I chose the design of blue, orange, and green as Richard Parker’s blog design was to show the good in Richard Parker. All of the colours are bright but some people might disagree and would think Richard Parker should be represented by darkness. When people think of tigers they only think of the evil that can be done by them but they don’t see the true goodness in tigers. Throughout this novel Richard Parker was innocent as a human being. Tigers only attack out of fear or if they feel threatened. Pi had hope and despair throughout the novel as well as Richard Parker. The sun at the bottom of the page represents Richard Parker’s hope for survival. The sun is orange which is the colour of survival while the clear blue sky is a sense of happiness and serenity which Richard Parker hopes for while on the life boat. The grass at the bottom is the colour of green which is the symbol for life and nature. Grass is also the colour of balance, as when Richard Parker reached the jungle at the end of the novel he was finally set free with nature. The blue and white swirls at the top of the page are not full circles as they do not end. By the swirls not ending show that Richard Parker’s life will continue on after the novel just as Pi’s name and also his life. The title of the blog, “The Light in Richard Parker,” is to show that his blog entries only justify his inhumane actions and show that everything he did was out of love and for survival. 

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