Life of Pi Notes

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Religion today can be a very pressing social distraction from the personal and spiritual growth for the good of oneself. To be considered as having good faith in the present time is to believe in a certain, orthodox religion that the judge approves of. However, no one ever thought that living a life of faith would involve being in a state of being classified into three separate religions. This faith is perhaps looked down upon many, but is, in reality, a personal universe one may enter that increases their love for God and the world. In Life of Pi, Yann Martel portrays a boy loving God in the most unorthodox situations, such as practicing three contrary religions faithfully.

Pi maintains his religious beliefs while on the life boat through his daily prayers. He takes time aside each day to say the prayers that he always would say. In one instance, he turns where he believes Mecca is located, and prays his traditional prayers towards Mecca. Pi also often states that he will include specific animals in his prayers, such as the zebra aboard his lifeboat, and the first fish that he ever killed. With Pi keeping his ritual prayers going, it helped him to survive. He was able to somewhat maintain the religious lifestyle he had prior to the sinking of the Tsimtsum. We also find him making many religious affiliations throughout his journey. He made comparisons between that of Orange Juice, the orangutan, and the Virgin Mary, and would also often bring up Jesus on the cross. Truly, Pi’s religious faith remained strong throughout his journey on the Pacific Ocean.

Pi’s belief in God inspires him as a child and helps sustain him while at sea. In Pondicherry, his atheistic biology teacher challenges his Hindu faith in God, making him realize the positive power of belief, the need to overcome the otherwise bleakness of the universe. Motivated to learn more, Pi starts practicing Christianity and Islam, realizing these religions all share the same foundation: belief in a...
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