Blake’s “The Tyger” and Bishop’s “The Fish” focuses on animal behavior and human understanding of it. Blake gets a feeling of awe and wonders when he thinks about the tiger as an animal by presenting it as the “Tyger”. The poet brings it out as more of the work of blacksmith and not God. He compares the compassion that one feels towards the outward appearance of a tiger to the aggressiveness of the tiger, and therefore, wonders how the tiger can have captivating eyes but is such a dangerous animal, and he ends up questioning the existence of God. The readers get to understand Blake’s understanding and thinking of the animals through his endless questions. He is in a dilemma and asks bugging issues such as who created the tiger and the existence of that particular person. He even compares the evil of a tiger to the innocence of the lamb and scrutinizes the possibility of the two different animals to have been made by the same creator.
Elizabeth Bishop uses her poem “The Fish,” to show the relationship between human and nature as they struggle to coexist. The friendly nature of the human beings towards animals is seen when she leaves the fish to go free, which happens only after she develops a relationship with the fish. Being a commercial fisher, the readers of the story do not expect her to let the fish free as she already sees the commercial use of various parts of the fish such as the white flesh, gills, bones, and jaws. In her wild imagination, she sees the fish for commercial benefit and nothing else. Elizabeth tries to see far beyond eyes of the fish, and this brings out the existence of the human beings to that of the fish. It also brings out the human dominance over the animals for their selfish gains, the killing of the fish, therefore, leading to the destruction of ecology. By setting the fish, free Elizabeth saves a life.
In Martel’s life of Pi, the audience encounters Mr. Patel’s zookeeping abilities and compare it to his parental skills through his son Pi. Mr. Patel uses the goat and tiger experience to teach his son on how dangerous a tiger can become so that he can prepare Pi for whatever danger he may face ahead. Even so, Pi does not use this knowledge in his encounter at the lifeboat. Instead, he uses his knowledge of animal sense, and their predictable behavior o helps him overcome the encounter he meets at the see.
Concisely, the text focuses on animal behavior and human understanding of it. Mr. Patel sees a different view from that of Pi. According to him, he feels that by enclosing a goat and a hungry tiger in the same cage, Pi will learn from the attack that the tiger gives the goat. Ultimately, he becomes more careful in his everyday endeavors. Conversely, Pi uses the knowledge he gains from reading and studying about animals daily to enable him to survive a tiger attack at sea.
Mr. Patel’s view about the tiger is similar to that of Blake’s since they both see it as a dangerous animal despite the fact that the beauty in its eyes amazes Blake. He compares its innocence to that of a lamb. Therefore, Elizabeth, Blake and Mr. Patel have an encounter with the animals to understand their behavior.