Life of Pi

Religion Is Of The Upmost Importance To Pi, Discuss The Role Of Religion In His Life And How It Helps Him To Survive His Ordeal

  “The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods”
  In Yann Martel’s novel, ‘Life Of Pi’ we see Pi Patel, the protagonist, conquer many challenges ranging from his approach to his spiritual learning and his survival instincts during his trauma at sea. From Pondicherry to the Pacific, we are shown and constantly reminded of how Pi explores spirituality and religion. Pi Patel isn’t your regular religious disciple as he practices three religions. We are introduced to his dedication to Hinduism, Christianity and Islam, seeing good and benefits in all three religions, Pi believes that it shouldn’t matter how many religions he follows, as he “just wants to love God". His knowledge and faith in all three of these religions, and their respective Gods helps him survive his ordeal at sea and the multiple obstacles he faces on his voyage. His understanding of the three religions, serves Pi as an excellent defensive shield from the difficulties and trauma of life, with Pi having to face the ugliest of this, whilst on his 227 cruise across the Pacific, with only one other passenger. It’s to be a long and treacherous journey filled with danger, loneliness and doubt, but arguably the most important, would be an exploration of faith and self-searching.
    After a short time of drifting through the pacific, Pi soon comes to the realization that he is alone, on a small lifeboat, with one of the world’s most dangerous carnivores. At first, possibly out of shock, Pi is reluctant to accept the situation he has been placed in, and struggles to believe that it’s reality. After his realization of how severe the problem he’s facing is, we see him almost immediately turning to comfort in religion, pleading for “Vishnu” to “preserve” him, “Allah” to “protect” him, and “Christ” to “save” him. Pi’s will to...