Life Of Pi By Yann Martel Essay

809 Words May 16th, 2016 4 Pages
In the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Pi Patel is a member of three different religions. He believes that all these religions are the same, they all work towards an afterlife, and when it is all boiled down to it, each of simply wants to love God. Pi uses this beautiful faith in God as a vital coping mechanism to survive the vast Pacific Ocean. His faith in God proves to be a crucial part in Pi’s survival as it guides him through his ordeal.

Throughout the novel religion is an aspect that weighs heavily across Pi’s life. Towards the very beginning of Pi’s journey he states that:“many people seem to lose God along life’s way. That was not my case” (59) already he is giving the reader insight into how interested of a believer he is in many of the religions that circulate on earth. Within the novel we find Pi exploring three very dissimilar religions. Being a child that was born into a Hindu family and had already been a part of the faith since he was a youngling: “I felt at home in a Hindu temple” (60). Nevertheless, Pi’s devotion to the Hindu faith does not prohibit him from exploring other religions, such as Catholicism and Islamism. His devotion towards these alternate religions motivates him to acquire more information concerning other faiths and provides him with the bravery to interact with strangers. In doing so, Pi builds up this terrific amount of independence to learn as much as he possible can. Furthermore, the same knowledge and independence that is…

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