Essay on Life Of Pi By Yann Martel

1569 Words Sep 28th, 2015 7 Pages
“‘Religion will save us," I said. Since when I could remember, religion had been very close to my heart. ‘Religion?’ Mr. Kumar grinned broadly. ‘I don 't believe in religion. Religion is darkness.’” (Martel 16). Over history, and since the beginning of human society, religion has had its effect on humans and the way people behave and act. Life of Pi, the novel by Yann Martel, is one of the best novels to analyze for this topic. Martel incorporates religious faith and trends enough in the novel for it to be a prevalent theme. The fundamental purpose of religion is to provide substitutes for complex unknown ideas, provide a sense of right and wrong, and is used for control over people. The novel, “Life of Pi” incorporates these purposes for religion in the book, mostly through the thematic vessel of the main character, Piscine Molitor Patel, who studies, practices, and lives by 3 different religions.

Religion, over time, has been used to substitute for complex unknown ideas and phenomena. Ideas such as fate, karma, reason for living, and the afterlife. Pi, a devout hindu, believe in Hindu ideas of karma, and uses these beliefs in his everyday life. Karma, is something unexplainable. Karma is the sum of a person 's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. Things like this, or the informal statement “What goes around comes around” is handed to religion and faith for justification. “The paths to liberation are…

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