Yann Martel's "Life of Pi: Religion and Human Nature" Book Review by Top Papers

Yann Martel's "Life of Pi: Religion and Human Nature"
An analysis of Yann Martel's "Life of Pi: Religion and Human Nature".
# 133888 | 1,000 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Religion and Theology (General) , Psychology (General) , Literature (General)


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The paper asserts that few texts are as engrossing as Yann Martel's, "Life of Pi"; the paper then examines some major aspects of the book that allow it to make an indelible impression upon readers. Firstly, the paper looks at the intensely personal nature of the book and how the complex subject of religion is raised in a fashion that is non-judgmental, charitable, and insightful. Of especial note, Martel's discussion of religion reveals why we human beings need it even in the midst of an age that prides itself upon being too rational for such things. Secondly, the paper discusses how if a need for religion is a part of the human fabric, then so too is cruelty. The image of Richard Parker is instructive here because Parker is a remorseless carnivore, a Bengal Tiger, who - the reader only finds this out much later - is really a "stand-in" for Pi Patel himself; it is Pi, after all, who brutally kills a cook who has killed both Pi's mother and an injured sailor fleeing the sinking ship that once bore all of them. The paper shows how Martel seems intent upon crafting a story that captures the human striving after the ethereal and the transcendent - and the bestiality that also characterizes human behavior and makes the moral injunctions of religion necessary. The paper posits that happily for him, his lucid prose, crisp plot, and strong dialogue all permit his central message to not be lost in translation.

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"Few texts are as engrossing as Yann Martel's, "Life of Pi". The following paper will look briefly at some major aspects of the book that allow it to make an indelible impression upon readers. Firstly, the paper will look at the intensely personal nature of the book and how the complex subject of religion is raised in a fashion that is non-judgmental, charitable, and insightful. Of especial note, Martel's discussion of religion reveals why we human beings need it even in the midst of an age that prides itself upon being too rational for such things. Secondly, if a need for religion is a part of the human fabric, then so too is cruelty. The image of..."

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