Christianity in Life of Pi
Life of Pi, written by Yann Martel is a novel of Faith, Hope and Determination. The book follows a boy named Pi Patel; he goes through many trials and an unexpected journey that tests his diverse faith, survival skills, and will to live. In this book religion is a reoccurring theme and it guides his decisions through the novel. Pi has three religions: Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism. Christianity plays a large roll in Pi’s life and its rules affect him greatly through the Ten Commandments and the 7 Deadly Sins.

Through Pi’s life in the novel he follows Christian rules like the 10 commandments. It is evident in the book of how he uses them, like how Pi is gentle and this is learned throughout the novel. Pi comes to a crossroad with this virtue when he needs to kill for his survival, “I covered the fish’s head with the blanket and turned the hatchet around. Again my hand wavered in the air. …It was the first sentient being I had ever killed. I was now a killer. I was now as guilty as Cain.” (Martel 202-203), this shows that Pi follows the commandment ‘Thou Shall Not Kill’ and that he takes it very seriously. Another Commandment Pi is loyal to is, ‘Honor Your Father and Mother’ this is shown on page 232, when he “estimated it was [his] Mother’s birthday, I [he] sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her out loud.” (Martel). Although somewhat faltering, Pi believes that there is only one God and he shows this by ending his list on page 162, saying there was, “1 lifeboat, 1 ocean, 1 God” (Martel). Like any good Christian Pi follows these commandments and honors them whole heartedly throughout the novel.

The seven deadly sins are a big part of Christianity, “Seven, being full and complete, means that nothing could be added to it or taken away from it. It is a number of completion and perfection. So if anyone has these particular seven sins, they are in a sense, in a complete state of sin as far as God is concerned.” (Wellman) and they are sins...
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