For the first time I noticed – as I would notice repeatedly during my ordeal, between one throe of agony and the next – that my suffering was taking place in a grand setting. I saw my suffering for what it was, finite and insignificant, and I was still. My suffering did not fit anywhere, I realized. And I could accept this. It was all right (Martel 177).
One of the themes shared by the play J.B by Archibald MacLeish, and Life of Pi by Yann Martel is keeping faith even through extreme suffering. Both Job and Pi are very faithful to God and both undergo extreme emotional and physical suffering and they are rewarded for that.
Pi is a God loving boy who practices Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity.
Life of Pi is a very unique story because as Pi suffers through many trials and is still faithful, the reader is also put through a sort of a test of faith. As Yann Martel wrote this novel, he claimed he ...view middle of the document...
Pi and Richard Parker both become blind through malnutrition and they encounter and other stranded castaway in the middle of the ocean. After a delirious conversation with the man, the other castaway is eaten by Richard Parker. Soon after, the pari encounters and island. It soon becomes and Eden as it has plenty of food and mysterious fresh water ponds. The island is a floating mass of algae with trees growing out of the plant. Aquatic Meer cats live on the island, and they fish in the freshwater pond where dead fish float to the surface during the day. Pi and Richard Parker stay for a long time, but with every Eden comes a forbidden fruit. Pi finds a fruit like object growing off of a decrepit tree. At a closer look, the “fruit” is a mass of leaves, and in it’s center, a human molar. Pi discovers the floating island is acidic and night and is carnivorous, as it eats the saltwater fish that enter it’s freshwater ponds. The pair leave the island immediately.
When they finally arrive in Mexico, Richard Parker runs into the forrest before anyone can spot him. It is a while later that Pi is questioned by the owners of the ship that sank. They do not think is story at all credible and press him for the truth. Pi goes into a much more believable, but a much less likeable story. He replaced all the animals with people. Neither story helps out the mystery of the sinking ship, so before they leave, Pi asks them one question:
"'So tell me, since it makes no factual difference to you and you can't prove the question either way, which story do you prefer? Which is the better story, the story with animals or the story without animals?' Mr. Okamoto: 'That's an interesting question?' Mr. Chiba: 'The story with animals.' Mr. Okamoto: 'Yes. The story with animals is the better story.' Pi Patel: 'Thank you. And so it goes with God.'" (Martel, 317).
And with this Martel offers the chance for the reader to take a leap of faith. It’s an interactive metaphor, if one believes the incredible story that cannot be proved either way, that reader is most likely to believe God.