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Life Of Pi Essay

  • Submitted by: il3dsm
  • on December 7, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 961 words

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Below is an essay on "Life Of Pi" from Anti Essays, your source for research papers, essays, and term paper examples.

In this award-winning novel written by Yann Martel and published in the year of 2001 the author tells a story of a boy with the name of Piscine Molitor Patel, or Pi struggling with religious and psychological issues as well as surviving on a lifeboat with the tiger for 227 days after their ship sinks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The earliest struggle for survival he had to face in his life was psychological survival. Being named “Pissing Patel” in his school by a student, the name was quickly picked up by everybody else including a teacher, which was accidental but nevertheless did not help him at all, and made everything worse. Sometimes students would not laugh or even smile when the teacher called him “Pissing”, but as he said “The sound would disappear, but the hurt would linger, like the smell of piss long after it has evaporated.” (Page 22, 2nd paragraph) This small, and from one point of view unimportant but powerful way of bullying was the main reason he has decided to change his name to “Pi” when he had to go to another school in order to avoid the same thing repeating all over again.

The religious survival also plays a big role in this novel. Pi, wanting to love God decides to practice three religions, those religions being Islam, Hinduism and Christianity at the same time. While it seems perfectly fine to practice all three to him, others did not think the same. He was keeping him practicing three religions a secret until he was confronted by three people, a priest, a pundit and the imam who have started arguing on whether Pi is a Christian, Hindu or Islamic and on which religion is the “right” one. Pi has managed to come up with the brilliant answer, saying:”Bapu Gandhi said, ‘all religions are true’, I just want to love God” (page 76, 2nd last paragraph) which forces the priest, pundit and the imam to retreat. Shortly after the incident, his father offers him and his family ice cream, escaping the awkward moment. His struggle did not end...

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