Maturity In Life Of Pi, By Yann Martel

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In Life of Pi by Yann Martel, the main character shows signs of exerted maturity as he is forced to grow up and adapt to the harsh conditions around him. “The reason death sticks so closely to life isn 't biological necessity; it’s envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can.” (Martel 6) Pi Patel was just a young boy when his life changed forever. Pi and his family were on their way to starting a new life when suddenly their ship sank, leaving Pi without a family. Thus began Pi’s journey of loneliness and the quest in finding true happiness again. Life of Pi includes at least three ways in which the character was affected by the setting of the novel. The setting had…show more content…
A germ of religious exaltation, no bigger than a mustard seed, was sown in me and left to germinate. It has never stopped growing since that day.” (Martel 47) Pi was lucky enough to grow up in a country where Hinduism was common. It was a religion that many people followed in India and Pi was one of them. Pi also had the opportunity of discovering Christianity and Islam. “I entered the church, without fear this time, for it was now my house too. I offered prayers to Christ, who is alive. There I raced down the hill on the left and raced up the hill on the right - to offer thanks to Lord Krishna for having put Jesus of Nazareth, whose humanity I found so compelling, in my way… Islam followed right behind, hardly a year later. I was fifteen years old and I was exploring my hometown. The Muslim quarter wasn’t far from the zoo. A small, quiet neighborhood with Arabic writing and crescent moons inscribed on the facades of the houses.” (Martel 58) It was unsystematic that Pi and his family went on a trip, since it was rare that they left. Good came of them going on vacation. Pi found Christianity and upon returning he found Islam in such close quarters. Pi still stuck to all three of his religions while he was stranded in the Pacific. Pi could have

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