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Life of Pi

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February 8th 2011
Mrs.Por
ENG 2D1

World Religions In Life of Pi

In the book Life of Pi the author Yann Martel wrote about a young boy named Pi Patel surviving on a lifeboat by himself. Throughout the entire book Pi was very close to religion and in the end his religions were the main reason he had survived. At the start of the book Yann Martel introduces three religions, Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism. There are three main points that aided in Pi’s survival. One being that Pi was open to religions and started to follow the Islamic faith. The second reason is that Islam believed that one should pray five times a day, and Pi did exactly this. The last reason is that the religion believes that suicide is completely forbidden and Pi was thinking of committing suicide on the boat. Pi believing and following the Islamic faith most defiantly helped him survive on the life boat.

Pi was a very open minded person when it came to religion and he practiced three, one being Islam. In the book Pi says “Islam followed right behind, hardly a year later. I was fifteen years old and I was exploring my hometown.” (64). This quote shows that Pi was becoming part of the Islamic faith and later he directly says that he is part of the

Islamic faith by saying “Yes it was all forcefully brought to the attention of my parents. You see, they didn’t know I was a practicing Hindu, Christian, and Muslim.” (71). Little does Pi know that his new religion will ultimately end up saving his life out in the middle of the pacific ocean.

Pi had to deal with thoughts of suicide while on the boat. One of his faiths, Islam says in the Five Pillars of Islam that if one has time, they should be praying a minimum of five times a day. While on the lifeboat Pi did exactly that. He would pray five times a day according to how the faith believed it should be. A quote that supports this is when Pi is explaining to the reader...

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