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Canadian Identity Essay

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Kassidey Smale
December 16th, 2013
ELA A30

It is necessary that we as humans must face a variety of decisions throughout the course of our lives. Some minor and some major. Books can help us discover ourselves as well by placing us in a sea of ‘what- if’s. Such as, what if you were stranded in the middle of the ocean and you had to put aside your morals in order to survive? In The
 Life Of Pi, by Yann Martel, Pi endures this situation as result of conflicting factors that he and his family are forced to face. Many pieces of literature like Life of Pi involve a character that is stuck between cultures or conflicting factors. Pi is a young man who believes in three religions: Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. From these religions Pi develops a deep sense of morality and a kindness towards all living things. Symbolism plays a large role in Pi’s life. One of many examples was the color orange-it represents life; and symbolizes hope and survival. Although some may disagree, In The Life of Pi, Yann Martel uses Symbolism and the idea of religion, to create a vivid connection between Pi's mental personas and how it transforms as he continues to persevere on his demanding journey for survival. Followed by the impact of religion, symbolism and how it relates to Pi’s life as a whole. A sensitive topic that people tend to not understand is religion. Some do not believe in anything. Others just stick to one. Pi, though, is very curious and studies three extremely diverse religions, Islam, Christianity and Hinduism. Though there are multiple religions, they generally teach the same thing: to love each other and respect God. This idea is reinforced in chapter 23, where the priest, the pandit and the imam gather in a religious argument. They argue the same point “God is universal” and that “there is only one God” (Martel, 68). Pi goes even further with the idea of one God by saying “Bapu Gandhi said, ‘All religions are true.’ I just want to love God.” (Martel, 69) Pi says, during a meeting with all the leaders of the religions and his family. Nobody could actually give him a punishment because nobody knew if it was necessarily wrong or right. His parents said that he should choose one because they are complete opposites of each other and cannot connect together. Pi continues to stand by his own beliefs and practices multiple religions. Further Pi’s religions knowledge of God helps him survive the multiple obstacles he faces on the lifeboat. It is a long journey filled with danger, loneliness and doubt, but most of all an exploration of faith. Pi maintains his religious ...

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