Life of Pi: the Correlation Between Science and Religion Essay

1582 Words May 30th, 2010 7 Pages
Sharmeel Bhatti

Ms. Ciufo

ENG-3U1

Wednesday, April, 28, 2010

Life of Pi: Correlation between Science and Religion

One of the most important dichotomies that exist amongst today is Science versus Religion. A dichotomy that started in the renaissance era, a period when people started questioning, looking to other horizons, other than religion and truly began to comprehend reality. The theme of Science versus Religion is portrayed in a great deal in the novel Life of Pi. In Life of Pi, Yann Martle utilizes the protagonist Piscine “Pi” Molitor Patel’s to suggest that humans require both Science and Religion to attain their full potential. Pi’s experiences prior to arriving in the Lifeboat , in attendance of the Lifeboat and
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The orang-utan is a representation of God to Pi; Pi uses the animal as a source of coping mechanism, through which he assures himself that god is with him. Similarly, Richard Parker the royal Bangle Tigre is also utilized by Pi as a source of hope. Pi describes Richard Parker after he gracefully eliminates the Hyena:

I wish I could describe what happened next, (...) I beheld Richard Parker from the angle that showed him off to greatest effect: from the back, half raised, with his head turned. The stance had something of a pose to it, as if it were an intentional, even affected, display of mighty art. And what art, what might. His presence was overwhelming yet equally evident was the lithesome grace of it. (...) matched with a tailor’s eye for harmony by his pure white chest and the underside and the black rings of long tail. (...) But when Richard Parker’s amber eyes met mine, the stare was intense, cold and spoke of self-possession on the point of exploding with rage. (Martle, 151-152)

In the quote above a great amount of imagery is used in order to describe the significance of the tiger, Richard Parker. Pi describes Richard Parker as an art of God which is incomparable. His presence is both vast and stunning at the same time. The colour of his chest represents the purity within Richard Parker; this is significant because Richard Parker is seen as God by Pi because he kills the Hyena. Richard Parker eliminates the Hyena who