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Life of Pi 5

  • Date Submitted: 11/26/2010 08:18 PM
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A course theme is about two human modes of thinking: reason and belief. Pi definitely uses both to help him survive, but which is more important in his struggle?

Life of Pi By Yan Martel is an interesting story with full of challenges ,courage and survival of a young boy called Pi Patel. He and his family decide to move their zoo from India to Canada and on the way he wakes up by a loud noise noticing him in this horrific sea. This is where his basic instinct, spiritual learning   and ways of surviving comes into action. One of the most interesting thing about this Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores the different issues of religion and spirituality from an early age and survives 227 days shipwrecked in the Pacific Ocean. And on the ship he is with a huge 400-pound Bengal tiger. Pi practices Hinduism, Christianity and Islam as he sees something really fascinating and good things about all three religion. He says "I just want to love God" (Martel 69).

His knowledge and his deep beliefs about all the three religion helps him survive multiple obstacles and difficulties he faces on the boat. Serves as a great defensive safeguard from the difficult harsh situations of life. It is a long journey filled with danger, loneliness and doubt, but most of all an exploration of faith.At first fear is the only th ing Pi feels as he is on a boat with a 400-pound tiger and he has lost his family. Thinking that Richard Paker might attact him gets him all scared. He is afraid of never finding his family again, last but not the least the fear of dieing. Pi realizes that before it’s too late he needs to do something to survive and his religious beliefs helps him overcome many problems. Pi maintains his religious beliefs while he is on the boat by performing his daily prayers which helps him to control and sustain his fears and other problems. He faces physical difficulties,ranging from salt-water boils, cold, fear of the tiger on the boat with him, starvation, dehydration and...


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