Literary Essay: Life Of Pi By Yann Martel

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Life of Pi Literary Essay Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a book about a teenage boy with a vast knowledge of Zoology and religious studies. Pi, who is the main character in this book, uses his imagination to help cope with solitude. The ending of this book is controversial to readers in an unexpected approach. The story exemplifies how readers’ beliefs can be changed with a stroke of a pen to a piece of paper. It illustrates how God is seen in different lights of different religions, but yet, he still serves the same purpose. I believe Life of Pi shows readers that sometimes the purposes of stories are not always written for them, but for the person who creates the story.
Yann Martel structured this book with short chapters filled with tons of knowledge about the Hindu, Islamic and Christian religious beliefs. In Chapter 16, as Pi states, “We are all born like Catholics, aren’t we---in limbo, without religion, until some figure introduces us to God?” (Martel 47). The person the author of the book uses to introduce the main character to God is his Auntie Rohini. She introduced him to Hindu, which helped Pi see his faith in God. Hindu also helped Pi with the inner expression of his
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Kumar, “Religion will save us” (Martel 27), when they were talking about the politics in the world. Mr. Kumar shared an opposite opinion, he told Pi, “There are no grounds for going beyond a scientific explanation of reality and no sound reason for believing anything but our sense experience. A clear intellect, close attention to detail and a little scientific knowledge will expose religion as a superstitious bosh. God does not exist.” (Martel 27). In the ending of this book, Pi offers two different stories about what happened for the 227 days in between the sinking of the Tsimtsum on July 2nd, 1977 and his arrival on the coast of Mexico on February 14th, 1978, but none of these stories explain why the ship sank. (Martel

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