Turning To God

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28th February 2011 Turning to God Question: Like real people fictional characters have beliefs and values that influence what they say and do. Discuss the importance of beliefs and values in a literary work you have studied. “I turned to God. I survived.” (Martel, 391) Those were the words of Piscine Moliter Patel in a later interview, he who had lost everything he ever loved or knew at sea. He who endured years of hunger and thirst in the endless body of water, he who cooked beneath the scorching rays of the sun, and froze under the icy storms of the ocean. He who turned to his God to survive. ‘Pi’ Moliter Patel is a person of faith, even in times of extreme torment, and he, as he said afterwards, turned to his God and survived. Pi is an Indian child bought up in India, Pondicherry, a former French colony. His father was a zookeeper – a businessman, who put his faith in physical things, things that he can touch, spend eat or invest. Everything he does, is for public relations, or some other form of personal gain. Being a Hindu is no more than to please those he hopes for good relations with. Pi was brought up in his father ‘faith’ - Hindu. However, being taught the Hindu religion first does not contain his search for spiritual fulfillment, and Pi embraced both Christianity and Islam. He sees past the shortcomings of Jesus, the petulance of the Christian God and embraces the Christian teachings of love. He worships the mighty Vishnu and the Hindu pantheon while he admires the Islamic religion’s concepts of brotherhood and devotion. Pi becomes a devout member of not one, not two, but all three religions. He ignores the details, and simply wishes to fulfill his spiritual love of God. This multiple dabbling, of course, does not go unnoticed or perhaps unpunished, and in one of the amusing scenes in the Life of Pi, the head of all three religions
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