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Religion And Survival Life Of Pi English Literature Essay

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Life of Pi is a story of the survival of the Indian boy ‘Pi’ at sea for 277days. He has been raised up with Hindu religion, and then later he discovered Christianity and Islam. The believability of God is one of themes in Life of Pi. Pi practices three religions at once he pursues studying religion and zoology in university and respects atheists because they take a leap of faith, he dislikes agnostics because they truly never fit. The believability of the presence of god is seen majorly in the third part of the novel when Pi is interrogated and he narrates two stories. One with animals, the other with humans and then asks the question which is more believable. The other majorly dominant theme is the part two of the book, survival at sea. Yann Martel uses his two major themes religion and survival to make his stories and the believability of his stories.

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Orange – Hindu colour, the boat the life jackets and the tiger were all orange. How did this give him the hope? In the story of pi we can see that Hinduism is the first religion where he raised up. Orange is the major colour of Hinduism as its symbol. In Hindu flag there is a wheel in the centre of flag. Which is also called Hindu chakra. This chakra are said to be force centre form a point of the body and this is also connected to water, identity of emotional and ability to accept and change(genders).The colour orange as represent in 2nd of Hindu chakra which represent water. It give them to movement come out of shelters and create(chakras).In the novel of life of pi water is also represented by 2nd chakra can related to the whole story.”My God! The Tsimtsum has sunk!” His survival in the Pacific Ocean with the animals after the sinking of their ship named Tsimtsum. (Martel 113).The colour orange represent survival and also Hindu chakra play very main role for Piscine Patel in his survival while he is in the life boat with the animals in the centre of Pacific Ocean. Only Richard pacer, as is only hope to survive when you lost everything even his family in the ship wreck. The only thing is, he had a good quantity was a believability of god. There were only animals in life boat. Then he tried to spend his time with animals as a family but soon he realized they were wild and could not be part of family members

The holy book of Christianity is Bible. It is mixture of Quran. But Bible comes to only one meaning love. In the age of fourteen pi went to family trip to munnar.which is located in south india.a hill station for tea plantations, wild, forest and valley. Lord Krishna led him to Jesus chirst.in the first morning of munnar he saw 3 hills in every hill there was a temple. In one hill there is mosque second hill there is crunch and in third there is Hindu temple.pi never had been inside a crunch. He wants to go inside a crunch.pi like any other child of his age has very interest and curios. Therefore when he went first day and something which he does not understand. He goes second day to discover that.pi finally reaches that there is no answer and there is no stories and the entire stories link to one message which is love.

Similar Islam has many stories in its Quran of sacrifice and love, just like chiristanity.in the novel pi tell how he come to this religion when he is exploring his home he come to Muslim street and he found a bread of piece on floor. He picks it up and tries to taste it when there is no body on street. as he pick it he listen one call from his who introduced him Mr. Kumar and he lads to his bakery to show him to make them. During the time of prayers. When pi saw Mr. Kumar to prying he becomes very curiosity to know about Muslim religions. And everyday he asked Mr. Kumar to teach him about Muslim prayer. When Mr. Kumar taught about Muslim.He really like that and he become fan of Muslim prayer.pi request his father that he want pray like Christian but in Muslim rug. Father refused pi request and told them this is childish.

in the novel life of pi Richard parker is the one who stranded on the lifeboat with pi when the ship sinks. Richard parker lived on the lifeboat just for pi. pi gives him hopes, food and water.richard parker develops a love relationship with pi.and survive on lifeboat he needs food pi started to kill fishes and turtles for his survival but he had good relation with Richard parker before he eats, he always asks Richard parker first.

When pi almost find his land.He has landed in México and he was greeted by two local Japanese who asked him to introduced him and what really happened to ship.pi told stories with animals, how wild animals kill each other and survive but the two Japanese reject to believe because it seemed unbelievable but after pi tell them the second story which includes humans .this story is similar to the one he told them before. the Japanese people leave him cause they do not get any thing from pi how their ship sank.Pi ask them which of story they believe they told pi that they believe in first rather than second.becasue it is less hurtful and horrible. After that pi said to them that this story is belong to god. because very religious has it own stories he telling his the story because he find the truth what happen to him that makes belief in love of God clear by practicing three religious.islam,hindu and Christian and every religion has its own stories and that is the backbone of religion.

In conclusion the yann martel make person to see animals in another way, as human rather than seeing in useful way like vehicles. Every one can live with animal’s whole life they are also same like human being if you treated them like humans being. It is not necessary that love feeling is just for human. We can love wild animals and animals also love you if love them but people said that animals have no sense and they don’t know what is love. on other hand human have also no sense if a new born child grow on juggle it will also act like animal. In that same way if you teach them .in this novel Yann Martel tell us about pi who spent 227 days in life boat with animals. And also you can survive if you belief in god as pi survive 227 days in life boat without having any food and shelters. It show us that we can do anything if belief in god.

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“Martel, Yann”. Life of Pi. Print. Great Britain: Canon gate Books Ltd, 2002. Print. 12 March 2010.

“Gerber”, Richard M.D. Auras and Chakras. Web.13 March 2010.



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