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Storytelling And Religion In Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi

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Looking back at childhood, children sat down in circles around their teacher to hear stories, fables, and fairytales. These narratives removed children from reality and hid them from the ugliness that is man-kind, whilst teaching morals and values. Also, many of these stories disguised true human nature subtly in characters with such innocence that the children were never aware of man-kind’s capabilities. These stories provided direction for the children with dreams for the future. They provided meaning and one of the most important feelings; hope. Lastly, the stories provided faith and good teachings for them to carry throughout life and perhaps even teach to their own children. In similar ...view middle of the document...

Religion offers people the opportunity to a fill a void that they cannot seem to find in daily life. They can have the comfort of a constant presence guiding them and a challenge before them that they must work at on a daily basis. By practising a religion people have a greater being who seems to guide life and help make decisions. Religion was created essentially so that people could answer phenomenons that they otherwise could not explain. For example, if one asked where man-kind originated, religion could provide the simple answer that man-kind was created by a higher being, such as God. The purpose of religion is to not only teach morals and guidelines to follow throughout life, but also to teach hope. It gives guidance and direction. It gives something to believe in and work for. Religiously, believing in the after-life means that one would have the goal to go to heaven by accomplishing good deeds, another goal or purpose in life. When there is nothing left to believe in, religion provides faith. God is always there to believe in as He is a spiritual power. In essence, religion provides meaning, guidance, direction, purpose, hope and faith in one’s life.
Storytelling is an act that is very common is society and people are familiarized with it from a very early age. The critical motive behind storytelling is to provide the same essentials for life as religion does. It provides guidance, hope, faith, meaning and purpose, just as religion. Storytelling is something that is magical and miraculous. It is astonishing how influential stories can be. There are stories told to gain morals and ethics, often fables with a lesson learned in the end. There are stories which absorb one into the imaginary world of creativity, utterly separating one from reality. They can become pass times, reasons to keep believing, reasons for dreaming and having goals. Stories can hide the true nature of man-kind innocently yet provide the same lesson to learn. And in this way, they provide and fulfill the same role as religion.
In the first part of Life of Pi, Pi Patel tells the reader about important memories from his childhood before the ship`s accident and his adventure as a castaway at sea. It is from these memories that the reader is able to see a real development of Pi's character. There comes a better understanding of his thoughts on life, religion, and the knowledge he has gained from his family, teachers and other influential people in his life. One of his many thoughts on religion and the amalgamation of it into the lives of people appears in Chapter 22. This is where he describes the end of two individuals’ lives. Both individuals’ see a white light overtaking them. One of the individuals recognizes that it is God, in one form or another, overtaking them and they become a believer. The other remains stubborn in his scientific reasoning, and rationalizes that the white light is a visual phenomenon that is caused by the lack of oxygen to his central nervous...

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