Religion In Life Of Pi

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In the novel Life of Pi, Pi Patel is a young boy who lives to tell a story “to make you believe in god” (Martel 19). Pi believes in three faiths throughout his life and the novel, Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam. He finds a common spirit behind each of these religions and they come together to guide Pi through his journey and his life. Pi is faced with the challenge of staying alive on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger for months on end. He uses his faith and religion to guide him and keep him alive as well as carrying this belief to his adulthood.
Pi is born as a Hindu, and it is the first of the three religions he comes to know and practice throughout his life. When Pi was a child, his mother and aunt took him to a Hindu temple for the first time. Pi did not really remember it, as he was so young, but “something of the sultriness and mystery of the place must have stayed with [him]” (Martel 99). Pi’s first religious experience was all sensory, but left and profound impact on him and gave him his passion for religion. It brought foundation to his life and led him to other religious imagination in Islam and Christianity later in the novel. Pi becomes very passionate about Hinduism and the Hindu gods. He relates these gods to himself saying that Brahman is “no different from atman, the spiritual force within us, what you might call the soul” (Martel 101). This representation of one of the Hindu gods and what he symbolizes is carried out in Pi’s actions on the life boat. He had
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