Religion as a Topic in Life of Pi

By: Aidan Mackay

Yann Martel's masterpiece is packed to the brim with deeper meanings and symbolisim

Most notable, in my opinion, are it's takes on religion. Both directly through Pi's own experiences and religious beliefs, and more subtly through what can be seen as metaphors for faith throughout Pi's journey.

Pi's Religious Beliefs

Pi not only follows 3 religious beliefs: Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism, but he also has an interest in science, which along with the multiple religions often contradict each other. Pi's success in maintaining all of these as a part of his lifestyle could be speaking to religion about giving their followers more freedom to decide their beliefs for themselves.

Religious Metaphors

"An elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling" - Barrack Obama