• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Religion in Life of Pi

Extracts from this document...


Religion is a fundamental set of beliefs generally agreed upon by a number of people. People pray to and praise the gods and figures of their religion. Religion helps people get through struggles and problems in their lives. Religion has always been a fundamental part of the world. This importance is stressed in the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel. In this novel there are many underlying tones that emphasize religion, like making the story more believable and a deeper meaning, by Pi's belief in a "leap of faith", and by Pi's ability o survive. Martel shows in this novel that religion makes stories more believable and gives them deeper truth. He uses two contrasting stories in Life of Pi to show the importance of religion. One story describes a trial of struggle and determination to survive, involving human-like animals, while the other describes a horrific tale of death and cannibalism between people. ...read more.


Martel is saying that because agnostics do not choose to believe in anything, they have no purpose. Also, Pi said that agnostics, "...lack imagination and miss the better story."(Martel 64). Martel includes this because he believes that religion makes the world beautiful and makes for a better story. He described the difference in attitudes of atheists and agnostics. Atheists believe in something, therefore Pi can respect them, but agnostics choose not to believe in anything, so Pi sees them as stubborn. "He [agnostic] stays beholden to dry, yeastless factuality" (Martel 64). Agnostics are stubborn because they do not try to see any beauty or try to imagine anything better than the dry truth. Martel makes Pi the opposite of this to show how much better things can be when religion is involved. ...read more.


Martel shows the importance of remaining thankful even in the worst of times. Another time religion help Pi survive was when he was in school. "Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi for short) lives in Pondicherry, India in the late 1970s. He got his weird handle from a swimming pool in Paris, leading to all sorts of embarrassing school nicknames like "Pissing." Pi can cope with this only because his spirituality is so intense" (Gunning). Martel uses Pi to show that with religion, anything can be defeated, even something as simple as a schoolyard tease. Religion in Life of Pi is emphasized in Pi's adventure making it believable and gives it a deeper truth, allowing more to be taken from the story. Also, religion is emphasized in Pi's belief in a "leap of faith". Martel explains that people should choose a belief. Finally, religion is stressed in Pi's ability to survive. Religion kept Pi from giving up on life, helping him overcome his struggle. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Other Authors section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

4 star(s)

This is a very well written essay which uses sophisticated vocabulary.
It shows real understanding of the complex theme of religion and there are detailed explanations of the differences between agnostics and atheists and Pi's reaction to them.
The quotes are well selected but need to be more closely analysed.
Including critical comments from two writers shows excellent research but again they need to be discussed more.
**** 4 stars.

Marked by teacher Katie Dixon 10/05/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Other Authors essays

  1. In "The Only One Who Forgot", Brandy says, 'She's always looked after me, just ...

    She even tells Shelagh, 'You can't always trust a black.' When the girl questions the reasons behind Miss Bella's commands, the woman loses her 'patience' and speaks to Shelagh 'sharply' 'You won't go to the beach again with Brandy ...

  2. In the Necklace, How does Guy de Maupassant succeed in creating a story which ...

    The fact that the husband's name is not even mentioned shows how he is not given any importance in society or to her as his job is his identity. Also, the fact that she believes that "she has come down in the world" by marrying the husband reinforces the idea

  1. In the short stories A Great Day by Frank Sargeson and The Sniper by ...

    You'd be surprised..." Frank Sargeson made Fred interesting by writing the short story in omniscient. Even though the text was in third person, we could identify Fred by the conversations he and Ken had. Through the conversations the two friends have, the reader finds Fred's actions quite reasonable.

  2. Themes, Atmosphere and my favourite character in the story "Games at Twilight" by Anita ...

    How can you not be moved by his despair? He realizes, as we all have at some point in our lives, that he is pretty insignificant, and not nearly as important as he thought he was to his friends. Even if you haven't played hide 'n' go seek, it is easy to relate to a time when you have

  1. So Much To Tell You Exposition. The novel So Much to Tell You by ...

    are noticing about her, ?She trusts us.? To illustrate Marina?s feelings and emotions more effectively for the readers various metaphors are used throughout the story. We see Marina begin to realize that her silence is not always a good thing, that it prevents her from having any emotional connection, ?silence

  2. The Dress is a short story, written by Julia Darling in 2006

    - The mother is as mentioned above working as a bereavement counsellor. Therefore spends her days with tearful needy people. But she tells her daughters, that she would like to get a different job, for example something with jewellery. Where she can sit alone, and work with her jewellery.

  1. The short story Popular Mechanics by Raymond Carver is about two people who are ...

    These adjectives would not be in a story about a happy mariage. As readers we get in a middle of an argument. A man is packing a suitcase and is about to leave. ?Son of a bitch! I?m so glad you?re leaving!

  2. In this short story The pedestrian by Ray Bradbury, he explains how the future ...

    As Mr Mead likes long walks and reading; not television and media, he is considered to be the an outcast, Mr Mead walks everyday and sometimes wouldn?t come back until midnight; but one day he was stopped and taken by police.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work