Life Of Pi 5 Essay

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A course theme is about two human modes of thinking: reason and belief. Pi definitely uses both to help him survive, but which is more important in his struggle?

Life of Pi By Yan Martel is an interesting story with full of challenges ,courage and survival of a young boy called Pi Patel. He and his family decide to move their zoo from India to Canada and on the way he wakes up by a loud noise noticing him in this horrific sea. This is where his basic instinct, spiritual learning and ways of surviving comes into action. One of the most interesting thing about this Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores the different issues of religion and spirituality from an early age and survives 227 ...view middle of the document...

But instead of all those problems Pi still continues to pray and his beliefs are strong and deep inside he knows that there is God somewhere that will help him to survive as he continues praying regularly and cries and pleads to God In order to survive and get through all the difficulties he is facing at the moment. He remembers the misery he felt after such a long time away from God, saying, "It was natural that, bereft and desperate as I was, in the throes of unremitting suffering, I should turn to God" (Martel 315). His beliefs slowly showed him the right path and gave him the hopes to survive with danger just alongside him in the same boat.

And also on the other hand it’s not just the religion that help Pi to overcome his problems but also science. This theme Religion versus Science is really been focused on this Novel as the Authur utilizes Piscine also known as Pi Molitor Patels to show that human beings need both science and religion to fulfill their capability. Even before Pi was stuck on the boat he was so much into Religion and Science and developed and got more knowledge about science and he really Liked both Mr.Kumars as they gave both gave him full knowledge about both Science and Religion. Pi says this after he accedes Islam. This is the opinion he gives out to his two special teachers saying “Mr. and Mr. Kumar were the prophets of my Indian Youth” (Martle, 61) showing how important those teachers were in his childhood age. One Mr.Kumar was his Biology teacher who was an atheist and said that everything in this world happens because of science. He expressed logical science thus he is so important because he ignites the flame of reason within Pi. And this science helps Pi to solve many of his problem accruing during his time in the sea. But however the light of science never cancelled out the light of religion. Pi’s education Included both science and Religion. He actually obeyed both these disciplines But agnosticism the suspension of belief e.g ‘ I don’t have enough evidence to believe in God so I won’t commit one way or the other But for Pi Belief is one of the most amazing beautiful action of human life. Pi met Mr.Kumar and he was some standing of Islam and explained Pi that Islam believes in one god and everything you see around this world is created by him and much more. This made Green Pi’s favorite colour as Green represents Islam. Religion is a set of beliefs,values and practices and is based on the teaching of a leader. It is an illusion of freedom. Most of born in religion and some stick to it because of family aspect but Pi had All the chances to explore and decide which religion was best for him. Though he was born as A hindu and Faith is one word Pi relates to Hinduism ‘It’s my heart that commands me so. I...

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