Life Of Pi By Yann Martel

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Independent Book Theme Essay
Life of Pi
Yann Martel

Life of Pi is an incredible survival story written by Yann Martel. It follows a young protagonist named Piscine Patel, Pi, and his journey of hope and courage. His strength is grounded in his faith and religion, as well as his admiration for the startling world of science, and teaches that both science and religion can offer a unique perspective on the world around us. Pi has the simple yet extraordinary notion that even scientists can take a “leap of faith” (1), which enables them to be viewed in the religious community as “brothers” (4), rather than viewed as enemies of faith. The agnostics, however, are unable to conform to this way of society and are left in an indefinable moratorium. Life of Pi offers the unique perspective that science and religion can be balanced and gives one a greater appreciation of life. This idea is exemplified by Pi’s struggle for survival that ultimately is achieved through his concrete faith in religion and foundation in science.

Over the course of Pi’s adventure, he is introduced to two important mentors that are involved with both of Pi’s fascinations and put him on a path of discovery. Both with the name of Satish Kumar, one introduces him to the world of science and biology and the other admits him into the religion of Islam. Life of Pi is “a story that will make you believe in God” (Author’s Note), and although religion is a major component, it is established

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