Throughout the novel, Pi’s thoughts reveal and internal struggle between his desire to live and his own beliefs to what is morally right.Pi grows up on varying religious viewpoints because he studies different religions.This concept of sacrificing his personal beliefs out of desperation is not a comfortable transition for Pi. Since it is his first killing, he does it gently with “tears flowing down [his] cheeks” (Martel 183).
Throughout the novel, Pi’s thoughts reveal and internal struggle between his desire to live and his own beliefs to what is morally right.Pi grows up on varying religious viewpoints because he studies different religions.
His attitude on the raft encompasses the acceptance of fate of the Eastern religion of Hinduism, and the forgiveness of Christianity. In fact, Pi learns by observing the animal that the tiger, as wild, primal, and animalistic as it may be, can actually survive better on the raft than he can.
The tiger is not purely thoughtless and cruel like the hyena, a creature which simply stuffs...
At first, before he becomes a castaway, Pi is obsessed with religion, and how to live as a religious person.
But when cast adrift from civilization, Pi is faced with the even more pressing dilemma of how to survive physically in the natural world.
Martel's book poses the question-how can a religious person like Pi continue be moral yet survive according to his moral laws in an amoral, dog-eat-dog world?
The answer the book provides is complex and simple all at once-Pi must hold true to his values of tolerance, yet be adaptive enough to learn to and respond to his environment.
However, when faced with the challenge of survival, Pi finds he must sacrifice some of his previous beliefs in order to stay alive.
For example, due to his limited amount of food resources, Pi must abandon his lifestyle of being a vegetarian.
The tiger is not a moral beast, but the boy and the tiger forge a connection, out of their difficult circumstances.
Pi claims at the beginning of his tale to be a believer in three religions, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity. It is not a moral being like a human being, but by respecting its life, Pi benefits from the animal's presence.