Pi Illustrates His True Meaning of Religion Religion has been a topic for heated debates for as long as mankind can remember. This book, The Life of Pi, strongly suggests many acts of God during Pi’s life which may be an explanation for the miracles that Pi is given throughout his story. It is a story written by Yann Martel back in 2001 which tells of a young man nicknamed Pi who faces horrific ordeals such as being stranded on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with wild animals but experiences miracles at the same time. Religion is used by the author of Life of Pi as a tool to help motivate Pi to psychologically stay balanced during his horrific ordeal and also given a meaningful sense of God that Pi held onto in the story served as an emotional backbone in which that faith in God constantly reminded Pi that he is not alone and that he will be helped to get through the troubles Pi faces throughout the story. Pi originally resided in his homeland, India. He was brought up as a Hindu, but then encounters a Catholic priest who teaches him Christianity. Islam then finds a way into his life which he also showed much appreciation for. So Pi chooses to practice all three religions simultaneously. His father is a very successful entrepreneur/business man who owned a zoo in the beginning of the story. The difficult conditions and the political strife that plagued India forces Santosh Patel, Pi’s father, to relocate the family to Canada. The father decides to also carry along his zoo animals and plans to sell them in the United States once the family settles down and finds a home in Canada. However, during their voyage across the ocean, the ship is wrecked by a terrible storm off the coast of the Philippines. The ship sinks without Pi being able to save his family. Pi and four animals survive the disaster. Eventually, only Pi and the Bengal tiger, named Richard Parker, are left. They drift across the Pacific for almost a year in which they encounter an army of flying fish, multiple storms and large sea life before finally landing on a beach in Mexico. The scrawny tiger wanders into the jungle, leaving Pi on the beach who is eventually found and taken to a local hospital. A couple of officials from the JMT (short for Japanese Ministry of Transport) are looking to interview Pi to find out what really happened to the ship that sank. Pi answers their questions with his story from the ship sinking to about how he survives the ship wreck with four animals on a lifeboat which later became left with him and a tiger. The men do not believe his story however and forces Pi to tell a more believable account of what transpired. So this time, Pi tells the story by replacing the animals with a mean cook for the hyena, a sailor instead of a zebra and his own mother in place of the orangutan. The Japanese officials see that the stories match so they accept Pi’s confessions. The parents of Pi, Santosh Patel and Gita Patel, other than for being married and obviously in love, are very much different in their own beliefs in religion. The father is not confident in religion much and actually recommends his own son to follow science instead of religion. Pi even writes in the story that his father according to Y. Martel (2001) “didn’t have a religious bone in his body” (p. 33). Pi’s mother on the other hand is said by Y. Martel (2001), “was mum, bored and neutral on the subject” (p. 33). Both parents want their son to grow up as a responsible and successful adult, but both believe that his multiple religions may disrupt Pi’s focus. The father expresses to Pi vocally that religion may become a distraction but the mother counters by saying that science tells us about the world, but religion tells us about the heart. The relationship that Pi so desperately tries to create between him and Richard Parker during the ordeal on the lifeboat can be contrasted to the relationship he wants to discover with God as well. The strong dedication…
because they influence us on the actions we make and how we act. Living in a materialistic society causes individuals to develop a lack of understanding behind the true meaning that there is more to life than beauty, glamour, and acceptance by others. I agree with this, because people in today’s society tend to ignore the true meaning of happiness, and attempt to find that happiness from materialistic things. Money can only do so much to make someone happy in life. How can money buy you happiness…
despondent. The nature of his suffering and its source are not yet clear to the reader. Pi tells us that he continued his religious and zoological studies and was a very good student. He mentions that his religious studies thesis addressed aspects of Isaac Luria’s cosmogony theory. He speaks at length about sloths and observes that their very survival is ensured by the fact that they are so slow and dull; they virtually disappear into the background.
We learn that Pi is now working, though he…
What is True Freedom of Religion?
Religion influences people all over the world. Religion is a center piece of some people’s lives. Some people in the world have the freedom to follow who and what they want while others are force to a religion or standard they didn’t choose. Where ever around the globe, religion has touched ever part of the world in different ways. Although the constitution states freedom of religion for every U.S. citizen, government and society creates laws and regulations that…
Life of Pi
1. The main character grew up in what country?
d) United States.
2. What was the main character named after?
a) A famous landmark.
b) His grandfather.
c) His father.
d) A swimming pool.
3. What did the main character think about the animals in the zoo?
a) They were happy living in the zoo.
b) They were fearful of the other animals in the zoo.
c) They would like to return to the wild.
d) They were not happy living in the zoo…
Katniss says she doesn’t know what love is so she probably doesn’t know that she is actually in love. Love is like a coconut the more you smash it the closer it gets to its core so my point is that sooner or later katniss will stop holding back her true emotions and expose her love for Peeta.
Love is incredible; because when you are in love its like falling off of a mountain and never hitting the ground. When you are in love you have no control over your emotions and trust me you could kill yourself…
knowing Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, I would interpret it as a character who has faced many obstacles during his/her lifetime yet has able to overcome them slowly over time. As the novel progresses, this character is ready to give up and turn to evil, since he/she has gone through many hardships, but knows it is not the right thing and instead realizes his/her true objective in life. A tragic hero is usually the main character of the novel. At the beginning of the story, this character…
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Life Of Pi
What is the name of book?
Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
What is the background of story?
The background of the story is Pi and his family live in
India. The family was poor but they owned a zoo. His
mother’s name was Gita Patel. His father’s name was
Santosh Patel. His brothers name was Ravi Patel.
Who are the Main characters?
The Main characters in the Life Of Pi is Pi, The bengal
tiger, Orange juice, Zebra, and the Hyena…
that such characteristics actually provide good reasons for ignoring or discrediting the arguments of those who have them. Logically, of course, the fact that any of these characteristics might fit an opponent provides no reason to ignore or discredit his or her arguments or criticisms.
5. Allegory-a literary device in which characters or events in a literary, visual, or musical art form represent or symbolize ideas and concepts. Ex: the long poem is an allegory of love and jealously.
SAT Essay Happiness
The meaning of happiness is contentment and satisfaction. Finding true happiness is a worthy goal. The problem is many turn to material possessions to reach that goal. Even if that new car, diamond ring or cute outfit makes a person happy, it will be short lived and will leave them longing for the next high. The new car smell fades. The diamonds collect dust. The outfits become outdated. True long-lasting happiness comes from positive relationships, life…
Discuss the importance of believability in this novel.
In Yann Martel’s surreal novel, ‘Life of Pi’, views the measure of how an individual uses their intrinsic knowledge to face up to life’s riveting challenges. Martel portrays the protagonist, Pi Patel, as an individual who explores his own intrinsic identity through imagination, religion & faith as well as the fundamental difference between fact and fiction. Throughout the text, Martel, attempts to question the readers understanding of believability…