Life of Pi

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Life of Pi is a story that it can be translated in completely opposing ways. While one reader might find it deeply religious, another may find Pi's story as atheistic. However, there is a common theme that the book urges to all readers, which is to have faith in your beliefs. Through the character Pi, Yann Martel proves how hard yet ultimately rewarding, it can be to have faith. Born a Hindu, Pi has no doubts about his religion. However, when Pi was 14, he was introduced to Christianity. Pi initially misjudges Christianity, thinking it an irrational religion. Yet Pi's faith is soon fortified upon recognizing the mutual goals of all religions. After learning about Islam from a practicing Muslim, Pi converts to He states that "whereas before the road, the sea, the trees, the air, the sun all spoke differently to me, now they spoke one language of unity" (p. 62) The shipwreck marks a very significant turning point in Pi's life and his view on religion. When the Tsimtsum sank, Pi no longer had support from anyone. The only thing Pi was able to hold onto was his faith. At this stage of Pi's journey, it is obvious that Martel is preaching the importance of religion and faith. Pi tells us, "so long as God is with me, I will not die" (p. 148). The faith that Pi holds onto has given him a reason to live, and Pi believes that fate does not include him dying at sea. Religion continues to be as vital to Pi as food and water while on the boat. Prayers are a very important part of the day for Pi, and they are said at sunrise, mid-morning, late afternoon, sunset, and at night (p. 190). Yet as time wore on, Pi strained to believe anymore. "Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love-but sometimes it was so hard to love" (p. 208). It was in these moments of Pi's desolation that were most important to not give up faith. "The blackness would stir and eventually go away, and God would remain, a shining point of light in my heart. I would go on...
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