Religion in Life of Pi Essay

1729 Words Jun 1st, 2016 7 Pages
As you probably remember, this novel had many ups and downs and various changes but one thing that remained constant was Pi’s faith. His belief in God was evidently extremely strong and this was demonstrated in several different parts of the novel.
Although his belief and faith was constant in the book, it wasn’t as strong as it was in the beginning. The trauma that he went through while lost at sea and the experiences he had had an impact on his faith ­ understandably so. Many of the things he had to go through made him question God at times and wonder why such a higher power considered so amazing and giving, would allow Pi to go through all this suffering and difficulty. Although all of this made him doubt and question
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Amen.” (Martel 163) In this quote, we can see how there is a man vs. self conflict. Pi is basically giving himself a pep talk and reminding him to persevere and stay strong. He said “I have

survived so far miraculously” and feeling like that probably strengthened his faith even more because he is in shock himself that he is still alive ­ he feels that he made it this far with the help of God. Pi refers to him still being alive as a miracle which relates back to religion. Also, Pi says that as long as God is with him, he will not die. Pi knows that
God will always be with him so he is using that as motivation that he can and he will survive the rest of this horrendous journey. Pi was a very religious person so consequently religion was a major part of his life. It affected his thought process and daily decisions for example. Pi uses religion in the story more or less as an escape and as a distraction from what is happening in his life.
He kept his morals and values strong and as a result, he fights insanity. Imagine being in Pi’s position. Imagine losing everything ­ your family, your belongings and being lost at sea. Your life is at risk primarily every minute of the day and you don’t know where you are or when this will end. You can imagine how easy being in this scenario can lead a person to insanity. It has been scientifically proven that traumatic events can take a toll on you and lead to loss of sanity. So you can see

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