Claim: The presentation of culture in certain surroundings can affect a person’s moral traits by influencing their understanding of God and their view of different religion.
Evidence #1: “Bapu Gandhi said, ‘All religions are true.’ I just want to love God,” (Martel 69).
Analysis: Pi parallels the belief in God with the belief in a story by saying that everything in life is a story, because it is seen through a certain perspective, and thus altered by that perspective. He believes that the worshipping of God should not be restricted to only one religion at a time. Throughout the book, Life of Pi, it is often referred that God is universal. Pi lives in a community where many different cultures are practiced, thus this influences his knowledge and understanding of many gods. He uses his unique perspective and belief in God to help him have strength and hope when he was stranded on a boat in the middle of the ocean. Pi believes that all gods have one purpose, to give hope and peace to its followers. Therefore, this is also the reason he practices more than one religion.
Evidence #2: “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.” (Martel 50).
Analysis: Culture and religion is often only practiced by a group of devoted people. Such people also only believe in religion and its gods. However, Pi practices three religions throughout the book, Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam. Practicing more than one religion gives a person a different mindset about life, for now they know three different perspectives of morals and happiness. Pi practices Hinduism because it was the religion he born into, a religion he was taught from a very young age. Christianity intrigued him because Christ died, and he thought that Gods were supposed to be invulnerable, like Krishna, but if Christ died for mankind and still maintained his immortality, then he is someone to be praised. He practiced Islam because he was amazed by the faith and strength of the Muslims