Growing up in Pondicherry, Pi had many beliefs of how to live a proper life. His religious devotion had led him to a life of pacifism, vegetarianism and worship. However, this routine was completely obstructed after the sinking of the Tsimtsum and Pi was left fending for his life. The twist at the end of Life of Pi exposes the audience to the darker more emotionally disturbing fact that all the animals were just representations of the humans on board the life boat. The Zebra being an injured crewmate, Hyena was an evil cook, Orangutan was Pi’s mother, and Richard Parker was the animalist nature that lay inside Pi. The Bengal Tiger being Pi himself describes that it was actually young Piscine who killed the cook. The will to survive forces Pi to go against the sixth Christian Commandment and the very nature of the religions that he followed; “Thou shalt not murder”. As his journey progressed and Pi ran out of food rations, he became desperate to satisfy his hunger. His life of vegetarianism was abandoned when Pi killed and ate the first flying fish. The will to live pushed Pi to be someone he never though he would be. “Lord, to think I’m a strict vegetarian. To think that when I was a child I always shuddered when I snapped open a banana because it sounded to me like the breaking of an animal’s neck. I descended to a level of savagery I never imagined possible” (Martel 249). After weeping over the dead fish, Pi quickly adapted to his new forced lifestyle of being a hunter. The religiosity of Pi was one of the few things that did not change for the worse during his endurance. Challenging death everyday caused the survivor to look up to the sky for closure . He combined his faith with personal strength as he battled every 227 days on that lifeboat. “I was giving up. I would have given up – if a voice hadn’t made itself heard in my heart. The voice said, “I will not die. I refuse it. I will make it through this nightmare. I will beat the odds, as great as they are. I have survived so far, miraculously. Now I will turn miracle into routine. The amazing will be seen every day. I will put in all the hard work necessary. Yes, so long as God is with me, I will not die. Amen.” (Martel 163)


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