Life of Pi

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Religion and Belief within Life of Pi

Throughout the novel Life of Pi the reader is faced with many recurring symbols and motifs to enhance the themes of religion and belief within the novel. It is most evident when analysing the main character Pi. He is faced with many challenges and has a great challenging uphill journey placed in front of him, but through his beliefs he is able to push through using many techniques along the way. Hunger and thirst, as well as the struggle for dominance and survival play a part in allowing his religious beliefs to clearly be illustrated to the reader. Furthermore, it indirectly allows the reader to better understand his views on life. Lastly, in the novel, the author uses certain religious analogies to enhance the understanding of the novel to the audience by describing a series of daily rituals that help sustain Pi during hard times. Rituals are used as an alternate form of storytelling, that use Pi’s beliefs to spread the teachings and illustrate the power of faith, by showing how a simple act of faith can save a life.

Imagine spending almost a year on a boat; on an island; away from home; without any family, friends, only your thoughts, hopes and faith to help keep you alive physically and mentally. Pi’s story is a tale in which “will make you believe in god” or just make you believe in humanity, because life even without god is still believing. Throughout the novel, each day Pi spends on the island or life boat, he prays and becomes another day wiser in each of his religions: Hinduism, Christianity, and Islamism. Even Pi acknowledged the falter of religion, “I know zoos are no longer in people’s good graces. Religion faces the same problem. Certain illusions about freedom plague them both.” This is quite ironic considering he is trapped on a boat with a tiger that would not be able to be free even if he was not on this boat. Moreover, religion to some seems unbearable, but to Pi religion and schedules is the only...
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