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Pi’s extraordinary adventure shows that when there is a lack of reason or statistical explanatior’rsf for something, the need of faith comes av 1W.) l‘LqS Having his eyes opened to faith, Pi begins believing in what he originally found to be into play. incredulous and allows his nefilound faith to become reason. Once Pi was told about Jesus Christ and his story, he replies, “I’ll stick to my Krishna, thank you very much. I find his/ divinity utterly compelling. You can keep your sweaty, chatty son to yourself’ (5-6). At this stage in his life, Pi was accustomed to believing in what he was told as a child, and how his . (at, , , .I, u,’ 'l l -' -» 5‘ 4 v Hindu faith was part of his childhood. Pi did not h ve beliefs; he simply followed what was said /, “we .~ 99/” . My}: {3/7/ng to be true in his surroundings. Ignorance is bliss, and Pi’s cgrfil'ortiahifity' with only Hinduism was soon put to the test when he began to believe in Catholicism: “I offered prayers to Christ, who is alive. Then I raced down the hill on the right- to offer thanks to Lord Krishna for having P” “0* Sufi“- awrlnl s l“; . ,@ Nasr 2 m-h . an? Shows that facts are not as important as beliefs to him. Lastly, when Pi’s famil ' t . I y questions his devotion to three dlfferent religions he reminds them of Gandhi’s words that “all ' . t “ . ” “- (x; religions are true and that be Just wantlfs] to tove God” (69). Allah, Lord, Christ or by any " name, there is only one GOd. Piygelieves this and is able to coincide each of the religions to the one God he loves so much. Open heart and minded, Pi gains the ability to disregard physical Information and focus solely on faith as the reason in hislit‘e. ,. K ‘ -'*ltor+ Le) Gt t Claus-3: I In times of major need, when all hope is gone, in a life or death situation, Pi holds on to faith his whole journey. When Pi was visited by the Virgin Mary in a vision, he exclaims, “You bring joy and pain in equal meaSure. 10y because yen are with me, but pain because it won’t be for long... Without a driver this bus is lost. Our lives are over. Come aboard if your destination imam martyr)tun-1r ‘~. ’\ ’ . l V . . . l. n is oblivion-it should beour next step. We can Slt togetherIU ] 1). P1’s faith was so strong he still g 1-.) ‘7 M \, Gylywachvv w) . . . . . . ~'\lltp} didnfit’ give in to reasoning even when hislife was in danger. His vision sparked even more want fffi‘ ‘ x if , \_,,/ H ‘A-Ji' I“ L1 and desire to experience faith and have It lead him through his Journey and potentially save him. “ 2‘..ij ' E‘s)” ‘ L 11:, “It was then that I believed, and the only thing that sank was my mind; my thought process ' .\ ‘ l became disjoined. My leg began to shake. ‘My (:r‘odl/My God!” I whimpered” (2323). Pi claims l I"; /otxl'l‘4 ‘v’ t’1~:':t.w;.i am at}. that his thought process had come to a’halt; hoWever his belief in God is still present wi sugar”; ‘ 0w" l1" . . . 0 Gr o a V By Pi screaming out ,“My God! My God!” during a time of great pam and confusion, it is ’ “'7 9"“ evident that the strength to go on is bmught to him by God, and that idea of him gives him 1 ECLILFL] comfort. Lastly, Pi expresses the idea of belief dominating over reason: “I know my survival is =-~ .. hard to believe. When I think back, I can hardly believe it myself... Proof: I am here to tell you Nasr 3 this Story” (223) His Statistical r“Liming is that he is still alive today to be able to tell the tale of his survival. However that does not fill in everything in between, like how he Survived, but he puts it in the hands of faith and believes the unbelievable. AlthOugh Pi’s lOyalty is tested he remains Strong through his journey and faith prevails. ‘ i ‘ "Although is hard to have faith in something. that enlist be proven, through m E, Yam Martel Delitonstrates that sometimes it is necessary to believe beyond what has been 4' -. a i - l fa _ r a M” 4 I_ , ‘ M seen and expenencfiyr When talking to Mr. Okamoto he retorts to his‘amazing storyJT ‘fNO ' scientist would believe you” Pi in reply said, “These would be the same who dismissed 3' ’71! a?!“ ‘8' Copernicus and Darwin. Have scientists finished coming on new plants? In the Amazon basin, 7 for example?” (294) Not everything that is real must be seen to be deemed real, like Pi says, just because the plants weren’t seen or discovered and named, doesn’t mean they are not somewhere [:3 CL” 5 @419 / in the Antuon basin. Pi firmly believes in every worh hesaid, it may even be true, and explains 7 that just because these two men weren’t there to experience it, he firmly trusts they should. However they keep arguing: “Not a trace has been found. That’s a bit hard to believe, isn’t it?” (296) These men are persistent in having no trust or faith that the extraordinary can and does happen. Mr. Okamoto and his partner refuse to believe Pi’s story. With an astonishing statement Pi was able. to silence the questions: “Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What’s your problem with hard to believe?” (297) P1 makes a dramatic point: love and life are real, but they are hard to be proven or believed to be what they are. He is relation this to God and his story, only with these two must have faith to acknowledge as real. Therefore, whether it is God, Pi’s miraculous story, or anything else when reason cannot explain an occurrence the answer can be 3 found if faith is brought into play. Nasr 4 P' be ' ' a 1 gms ms Story hm becommg part Of thee religious communities: Hinduism Islam and Christlamty. His devotion to not one religion but one God shows that Pi thinks beyond what society claims to be reasonable. While Pi goes through so much thmugh his unbelievable adventure, he still has faith in God to save him. Only survival tips and facts are not enough for him to make it through, he needs the strength of his God. Lastly, when Pi is trying to explain his miraculous story to the men at the end of the novel, they both do not believe him because more of the events were not scientifically possible. However, Pi fights for faith, demanding they look beyond what can be proven and consider his amazing story. ...
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