Life Of Pi By Yann Martel Essay

1121 Words Jun 15th, 2016 5 Pages
Life of Pi is an novel that is seeked after by many, due to its bold promise, “a story that will make you believe in God”. Many skeptical critics jump at such an unbelievable promise. Yann Martel writes a novel based on Piscine Molitor Patel- a young man surrounding himself with God and his journey to understanding the unexplainable. Martel beautifully uses his gallant statement coupled with the light subtleties within the novel to create a dynamic plot that is sure to please many-religious or not. Yet, the many subtleties within the novel reveal so much about the plot, from the title of the novel, the animals chosen and even the colours described all play a large roll. The subtleties that Martel leaves the reader is much like God, how some say He affects us in our day to day lives but in the subtlest of ways.
Pi, at a young age became absorbed with understanding the meaning of life, he surrounds himself with God by simultaneously practising three religions; Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity. Pi believes that all religions are the same and have one purpose-to love God. “All religions are true.” (Martel 76) Religion helps Pi understand the unexplainable. “...in that Greek letter that looks like a shack with a corrugated tin roof, in that elusive irrational number with which scientists try to understand the universe, I found refuge. “ (Martel 41) Pi sees his name as a symbol for home that shelters him from the outside world. At the same time ‘Pi’ is a irrational number.…

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