Faith In Yann Martel's Life Of Pi

847 Words 4 Pages
“Fanatics do not have faith - they have belief. With faith you let go. You trust. Where as with belief you cling” Yann Martel.

In Yann Martel’s novel, Life of Pi, both faith and reason have influenced Pi’s beliefs to create a centrality in his thinking and survival. His faith has influenced the way he believes in explanations as well as creating a significance in his life style. As well as keeping his faith, Pi’s thinking is also swayed by reason. In order to maintain centrality, Pi observes through faith and reason to create a fuller meaning in his thinking and his survival methods. The aspects of faith have a very significant role in Pi’s life. He cannot have faith without reason and vice versa. This has kept him central throughout the
…show more content…
His faith is being applied to his everyday life to help his survival. Pi has used his faith to expand his religious beliefs to make a deeper connection with his God. “But religion is more than rite and ritual. There is what rite and ritual stand for (53). He is describing the characteristics of Hinduism and explains the truth of what the religion. Pi views the world for a Hindu perspective, but is careful against fundamentalism. Throughout Chapter 16, pi proves that it is not about a certain religion, but about the faith. Pi also uses his faith to understand that atheists believe in reason the way he believes in faith. “It was my first clue that atheists are my brothers and sisters of a different faith, and every word they speak, speaks of faith. Like me, they go as far as the legs of reason will carry them and then they leap” (31). This goes to show that the faith of Pi has lead him to a better understanding of others. He does not look down on them, but is optimistic towards the way they believe in their own way of faith. “Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love – but sometimes it was so hard to love (231). Pi persevered through the struggles that his faith brought to him, and no matter what happened, it was something he could always turn to. In times that Pi was struggling, and came close to loosing his hope, his faith became a way to open up to something bigger than another opinion. It has the characteristics of lightness, but also contains the weight of some struggles. Pi has incorporated faith into his life as a very significant component. But, in order for Pi to over come the struggles of his faith, and keep the lightness it provides, he must capture the aspect of reasoning in order to maintain his

Related Documents