Authors use many different techniques to help illustrate their meaning or to help convey their message. One of the ways is through the foil or minor character. A great example is in the novel Life of Pi. The tiger, Richard Parker helps define who Pi is and shapes him into the man that he eventually becomes. The struggles that Pi goes through with Richard Parker and against Richard Parker demonstrates just how an important a foil can be in a novel. Richard Parker magnifies Pi's strengths and helps expel his weakness.