Show MoreFaith in the Life of Pi ¶When it comes to a battered subject such as faith, one could arguably say that faith is one of the most highly discussed and highly controversial subjects amongst humans all over the world. I, myself, have never really been much of a religious person during my life. My father was raised in a very Jewish household where he attended Hebrew school, celebrated Passover and Hanukkah every year and ate kosher meals. My mother was raised as a Christian, although I’m not too sure if she attended church on a regular basis because my grandmother was an immigrant from Japan so she wasn’t exactly the biggest Christian. So throughout my life we have celebrated Hanukkah and Christmas together as a family to keep in touch with…show more content…
As I said earlier, I do support and agree with some of the lessons and teachings from certain religions and I am willing to believe if I am given a good enough reason to believe, and to me this is what faith is. ¶Piscine from the novel, Life of Pi loves science. Science, along with reason, helps us control and manipulate the world. It's how we survive in the world. But Pi points out that like religion; science has an element of faith in it. The scientist often commits to a worldview of atheism and to the methods of his discipline. For Pi though, this isn't enough. Science can explain the world up to a certain point, but its usefulness ends. According to Pi, when things get really hairy, religion has to step in with a good old-fashioned story. So a perfect combination of the religion and science can lead to a fulfilling life.
¶Piscine from the novel is anything but an agnostic. He majored in religious studies and Zoology, an interesting mix of science and religion. Pi has the uncanny willingness to believe whatever he thinks sounds good. At one point in his life he was Catholic, a Muslim and also practiced Hinduism so one could say that he was unsure about his religion because he liked the teachings of all those religions and decided to follow all of them at the same time where he was quickly shot down by his father and others. Pi’s family members tell him that he cannot follow
Pi's Constant Faith In Religion In Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi
In Yann Martel’s international bestseller, Life of Pi, Piscine Patel battles many hardships soon after becoming stranded in the Pacific Ocean due to a shipwreck. In the course of Piscine’s (also known as Pi) grueling voyage in hopes of finding a safe haven, he experiences many troubles within himself. He starts going against his morals in order to survive, and questioning his faith in all religions. As Pi’s time as sea progresses, however, he comes to sudden realization: the only real elements keeping him alive is his faint but growing relationship with Richard Parker, and his faith religion. The teachings and morals of religion and hope of a higher being kept him alive. Pi’s constant faith in his three religions, Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam, is what pushed him to continue living through the hell-like experience he went through. Many events show this throughout the story.
Many elements in the story test Pi’s faith, one being when he becomes stranded on a lifeboat with four animals: a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a tiger. While they are all on this twenty-six foot long boat, the atmosphere is very hostile, and Pi has a strong fear that once the weaker animals are dead and gone, he will be the next victim. This, however, does not happen. Pi knows how to keep himself relatively far from harms way with the help from his morals, instincts, and zookeeper father’s teachings. Through the terror and hostility during those first several days on the lifeboat, Pi managed to keep his faith, and refer to it almost constantly. This test of Pi’s faith was only the first of many to come.
Another instance where Pi’s faith was tested was when he and Richard Parker came across a blind man who had also been drifting in the Pacific. At this time, all of them were blind: Pi, Richard Parker, and the French man. When Pi had heard the man’s voice, he immediately came to the conclusion that it was either his inner self or Richard Parker, and that he was going crazy because he was so close to death. This was not the case, though. Pi and the man started talking about food and how they enjoyed each other's company, but this man’s intentions quickly turned dark and twisted. The French man leaped on Pi, trying to kill and eat him. Before he achieved this task, Richard Parker grabbed and killed him instantly. During this point in the story, Richard Parker is almost like a hero or savior to Pi, and Pi...
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