Life of Pi by Yann Martel, first published in 2002, is the story of Piscine Molitor Patel. Piscine, later shortened by himself to Pi, is the main character, the protagonist, and throughout most of this novel just a teenager. At the beginning of the story the reader is taken to the world of Pondicherry, India and to the Pondicherry Zoo run by the Patel Family. The Patel family consists of Pi’s mom, Gita, his dad Santosh and his older brother Ravi.
As Pi grows up he takes you through his good and bad times, he takes you through the four religions. Yes, four! He submerges in the realm of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, and Atheism. He is a Christian, Hindu, and Islamic, all at once. He says on that, “Atheists are my brothers and sisters of a different religion” (28). Pi isn’t one to judge, he is extremely open to any religion or faith that a person could have.
The main conflict occurs when Pi’s family is leaving India to sail to Canada. They are in the middle of the Pacific Ocean when the ship Tsimtsum sinks. Everyone drowns except for Pi, a injured zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and Richard Parker the Bengal tiger. So together they start on their journey. After seven days the only two that are left is Richard parker and Pi. They remain together throughout this 277 day voyage, coming across a huge ship, a man that gets eaten by Richard, a flesh eating island, and finally Mexico.
The third and final part of this book is called Benito Juarez Infirmary, Tomatlan, Mexico. This part is a manuscript from two workers from the Japanese Ministry of Transport, who found out that Pi finally landed. They came to find out exactly why the ship sank. Pi doesn’t know for sure why it sank, but he tells the his story. They don’t believe that he survived all that time with a Bengal tiger. So he tells them another version just as graphic with replacing the hyena with a...