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Why Pi will believe in three religions? Why the author will create this kind of character?

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Emily I personally found the multiple religions that Pi chooses to embrace quite interesting. Unlike most religious books where the author chooses to develop a character's faith in one religion, Life of Pi is a universal novel that questions the meaning of religion itself. Pi decides for himself, much to the dismay of his parents and teachers, that "all he wants is to love God". With Pi's youthful view on religion, Yann Martel forces the reader to for once look outside their own religion and into what religion really is. I understand this may be offensive to some, but it is a philosophical piece, like the rest of the novel.
Arisa Dizon Because maybe, the book wants to highlight that one religion is not superior over the others. All religion have this one common goal to love God. It's like saying I love you in different languages. You say it differently but there is one meaning. Pi just wants to love God, no matter how he does it.
Djokoholic Interview with the Author on October 2, 2002 at

"Why the three religions in your book?
I included three religions because I wanted to discuss faith, not organized religion, so wanted
to relativize organized religion by having Pi practice three. I would have like PI to be a Jew,
too, to practice Judaism, but there are two religions that are explicitly incompatible: Christianity
and Judaism. Where one begins, the other ends, according to Christians, and where one
endures, the other strays, according to Jews."
Ingrid Chen Pi's belief in multiple religions is an extended metaphor. He tells two different versions of the same story, but both have the same ending and result, and so it is with his religions. The three religions are different, but the people who believe in them all live in the same world. The three religions reflect Pi's ability to accept that there can be more than one truth, more than one right answer.
Aleksandra Morel Love of God is universal
Jahan Before his story in the sea begins, Pi explains what drew him to each religion. The thundering power and godliness of the Hindu Gods (and his family that borned him a Hindu), the humanity and bottomless love of Jesus Christ, and the brotherhood and discipline of Islam. All of these facets of his religions played an important role in his survival.
Gil Joshua Uy Why make a protagonist that believes in three religions?... Why not? lol
Raúl Omar I believe Pi believes in three religions because he is capable to realise that that there is a higher truth common to the three. He knows that love for God is what is essential.

"I told her that in fact she was not so wrong; that Hindus, in their capacity for love, are indeed hairless Christians, just as Muslims, in the way they see God in everything, are bearded Hindus, and Christians, in their devotion to God, are hat-wearing Muslims" p. 49.
Austin Benny In my opinion, the author cerated a fictional character like Pi who believes in 3 religions because the end of the book acts as an introspective/theological question designed to determine what type of person you are and the author doesn't want the nuances and minutia of religion to play a huge role in your choice, in other words he wants to make it clear that loving god is universal and when answering this questions you should focus on the gestalt.
Erica Faith is common among three. Hinduism teaches respecting all animals, birds and forests.

What is there to say about a novel in which a young boy shares a lifeboat with a fully grown Bengal tiger named Richard Parker? If the book is Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, there’s quite a lot to be said. This is definitely one of the most unusual novels of the year (if not the most), yet the story it tells is so profound and moving that the more enlightened readers will get behind its many oddities to the message at its core.

The book is, of course, the story of Pi (short for Piscine), an Indian teenager whose father runs a zoo. Much of the book’s first section is a detailed description of the minutiae of zoo-keeping, including several lessons about the connection between man and animal that come into play later in the novel.

Eventually, the family – which, in addition to Pi and his father, includes a mother and brother -- decides to move to Canada, taking much of its menagerie with it. Along the way, the ship sinks, stranding Pi on a lifeboat with the aforementioned Richard Parker, along with a few other zoo animals (who, it should come as no surprise, quickly disappear as their voyage progresses). As Pi desperately searches for a place to call home, he and his feline companion form an uneasy truce, and embark on a series of unforgettable adventures that include, among other things, a blind Frenchman and a man-eating island covered in meerkats. There’s also passage upon passage explaining how Pi and his friend manage to combat the twin demons of thirst and hunger without turning on each other.

But Life of Pi isn’t just a simple adventure story. The book’s final pages include a revelation that brings the rest of Pi’s fantastic story into question. But instead of seeming silly and fraudulent, as such twists often do, the ending makes the rest of the story that much more meaningful. At its core, the book is about man’s relationship to animals, and his relationship to God (Pi, as the book explains in some detail, is Hindu, Islam and Christian). Most importantly, the book is about faith – about how believing something sincerely can make it, if not completely real, at least close. read more at

Life of Pi is a simply extraordinary book that actually has something to say about life, yet it’s not preachy or overbearing. It’s just a strange, fascinating and remarkable tale that may even, as its prologue predicts, make you believe in God.
Nenad The story is not about Pi or any particular religion. It is about the God! The point of this story is that all religions tell us a kind of a fairytale story, just like the story with the animals, but the truth is much different and cruel.
Graham Many Indian people see God in everything and take an inclusive attitude to religion, seeing no problem in expressing their devotion in a Hindu temple one day, a Christian church the next, and a Muslim shrine the next, then offering flowers to a statue of the Buddha.
Alice Mutasa The other answers here are much more profound than mine; it's simply a brilliant comic device - it allows for some hilarious situations, with him going from one religious leader to another, & I laughed out loud when he's with his parents & they meet all of them (or two of them?) in the park. Very, very funny.
Timothy A main message of the book is that reality can be interpreted in many different ways, and that each religion is just one of those ways, with none necessarily superior to the others.
Ryan Lee I believe the multiple religions that Pi was interested in prior to leaving India and relied on during the life threatening voyage on the life boat challenge some of our perceptions that there is one God. It is controversal but yet thoughts provoking.
Ajay Schwartz *Grammar has left the chat*
Geo Perhaps he realizes that each religion is illustrating a tiny part of what the entity of God can or should be for the layman. Three religions ... or even one hundred three religions to come in the future ... are still incapable of expressing the entity of God. Pi succumbs to what is available to him now, and leaves the viewer with questions, than answers.

Here is the value of the story.
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