Life is a repeating cycle of endless trials and unexpected changes. Whether the changes were the test in faith, belief or courage, the trials never end. This is very similar to the endless series of numbers that make up Pi. Faith, on the other hand, is the circumference which guided Pi along the circle of trials. The story Life of Pi, written by Yann Martel, is a story about how the influence of geometry had helped a boy hold his faith in God and survive the incredible shipwreck that shaped his life forever.
Piscine Molitor Patel, also known to Pi Patel, was the main character in the story. Pi had lived a life of faith. Nevertheless, the boy had never stopped loving God. Mr. Francis Adirubasamy had once mentioned the toy train in the botanical garden, “A train still runs on Sundays for the amusement of the children. But it used to run twice an hour everyday…The toy train had two stops: Roseville and Zootown. Once upon a time there was a zoo in the Pondicherry Botanical Garden (Martel XI)”. Pi’s faith in God is like the toy train. It is a cycle that must be tested over and over again. No matter how busy Pi’s life was, he never forgets to slip in a prayer during his days. No matter what changes will be made in his life, Pi will always return to God. No matter how many times the train stopped, it will always continue to be on its track. No matter whether the train was broken or stop functioning, it could always be fixed and continue to toot its way around the track.
Pi had been trapped by the figures of geometry during his journey and throughout his faith. Pi had once noted: “To be a castaway is to be a point perpetually at the centre of a circle. However much things may appear to change...the geometry never changes. Your gaze is always a radius. The circumference is ever great. In fact, the circles multiply… (Martel 215-16)”. Pi Patel is trapped in an ocean of geometry. In the midst of boredom, geometry appeared before Pi as he looked into “the Sea of Tranquillity”, wondering whether there is someone else trapped like him (Martel 216). Pi had used geometry as his companion during times of desperate. Trapped by the meaning of his own name, geometry had guided Pi to God. One of the major people in Pi life had been Mr. and Mr. Kumar. Mr. Satish Kumar, Pi’s biology teacher, was introduced into Pi’s life as a figure of geometry: “…he looked like two triangles, a small one and a larger one, balanced on two parallel lines” (Martel 25). Ironically, Pi’s Muslim teacher was also named Mr. Kumar. The ideas of biology versus religions contradict each other. Yet, Mr. Kumar had introduced Pi to Islamic and had made zoology and religions the center of Pi’s life.
Mathematically, Pi is also a term referring to the series of endless numbers that is used to measure the circumference of a circle. People commonly...