Yann Martel’s story Life of Pi, is about a 16 year old Indian boy named Pi Patel who survives at sea with a tiger for about 200 days. Pi’s father runs a zoo in the Indian city of Pondicherry. To start a better life, the Patel family, along with their zoo decide to all board a ship and migrate to Canada. An unexplained event causes the ship to sink and Pi is the only human to make it onto the lifeboat and survive. The lifeboat also contains a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and Richard Parker the tiger. After the hyena kills both the zebra and the orangutan and Richard Parker kills the hyena, Pi is left on the lifeboat with a ferocious male tiger. The two pieces of literature, have a few symbols and themes through which they are comparable or contrastable. In the novel Life of Pi, there are three symbols. The first one being the orange color which represents safety, security and survival, the second one is the Ocean which represents Pi’s journey, and the last one is Richard Parker which represents hope. There are four main themes in the novel. The themes are reality vs. imagination, the will to live, suffering and religious belief. In the poem The Tyger, there are three main symbols. The first one is the Tiger which represents evil and fierce forces in the soul. The second symbol is the Lamb, which represents God, and the third one is the Forest, which represents corrupted social conventions. The main themes of the poem The Tyger, are the contrast of good and evil and religion.By examining Martel’s novel Life of Pi, and Blake’s poem The Tyger, through the use of symbols and themes one can identify many similarities and differences between the two literary pieces. Although the tiger is used in both literary pieces, the significance of its symbolism is portrayed in contrasting methods. Throughout Pi’s journey, he becomes hopeful due to the strong relationship he builds with Richard Parker. Pi says “Or that knowing Richard Parker was here might ever bring me peace. In times like these, I remember that he has as little experience of the real world as I do. We were both raised in a zoo by the same master. Now we’ve been orphaned, left to face our ultimate master together. Without Richard Parker, I would have died by now. My fear of him keeps me alert. Tending to his needs gives my life purpose.” (Martel 89), this quotation emphasizes how Richard Parker symbolizes hope in Pi’s life. The presence of Richard Parker serves as an indirect method of keeping Pi alert, as well as the constant nurturing Pi provides are both vital catalysts in offering signs of hope for the pair. Therefore in the novel, the tiger is shown as a good influence to Pi. On the other hand the poem pursues tigers as evil and fierce forces in the soul. In the poem, Blake says “what dead grasp Dare its deadly terrors clasp?” (Blake, The Tyger), this quote shows that how the speaker is questioning what tools could create such a terrifying beast. Further displaying how the poem perceives the tiger itself as evil. In the novel and the poem, the symbolisms of the tiger is shown in two totally opposite ways. In the novel tiger is not evil towards Pi, but in the poem Blake shows that the personality tiger carries is evil. The theme of suffering is presented in both pieces of literature. The main character Pi in the novel, endures much suffering because he is striving for survival on a lifeboat, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, with a tiger. Pi has a few questions while he is on a lifeboat, he questions “every single thing I value in life has been destroyed. And I am allowed no explanation? I am to suffer hell without any account from heaven? In that case, what is the purpose of reason, Richard Parker?” (Martel, 98), this quote explains how exhausted Pi has become throughout his journey. He has suffered through so much and now finds himself questioning why all these terrible events have occurred. He fails to see the reason of his existence. Although the poem The Tyger is quite short, there are multiple instances where its lines express pain and suffering. In the poem, Blake says “on what wings dare he aspire? What the hand dare seize the fire” (Blake, The Tyger), in these two lines, the speaker is questioning how much man tries to be like God. In Greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire and brought it to mankind, his punishment for eternity is to have his heart eaten by a bird. Through this reference, one can see how suffering is one of the central ideas in the poem. Therefore, the poem and the novel both include the theme of suffering despite their differences. In conclusion, the literary devices such as symbols and themes in the Life of Pi and The Tyger have many similarities and differences. The difference between the two piece is the symbol of tiger, and the similarity is the theme of suffering. Understanding poetry is a process that takes time. A poem can mean whatever the reader says it means. A novel is a fictitious prose narrative of considerable length and complexity that often portrays characters. Poetry can present a story as well as a novel can. With immense analyzation, one can compare the two literary pieces and recognize both similarities and differences.