Transition Into Adulthood In Life Of Pi

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Michael Strickland Emily Chamison English 1102 May 1, 2014 Transition into Adulthood In Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, the main character is Pi Patel, a 16-year-old boy who was raised on a zoo in Pondicherry, India, with his brother and parents. While growing up, Pi is continually trying to discover who he really is. During his family’s move from Pondicherry, India to Toronto, Canada, Pi is forced to change his mindset and to mature in order to survive. Pi journeys through rebellion and loss of innocence, but never gains the acceptance desired. Pi starts his transition into adulthood with rebellion and exploration. In the novel Life of Pi, Pi rebels as a child by freely and openly worshipping three completely separate religions all at the same time. In India, this is absolutely against the norm. Pi worshipping all of these different religions at once is his way of rebelling against the societal expectations of Indian culture; Pi just does his own thing. On page 71, Martel writes, “They didn’t know that I was practicing Hindu, Christian and Muslim,” talking about the leaders of all three different religions. Pi never told the pandit, the priest, or the imam about his multi-religious practices. Once the three leaders find out about his religious practicing, they confront Pi and his family about the matter at hand. Pi once again rebels against the system by quoting Gandhi, “Bapu Gandhi said, ‘All religions are true.’ I just want to love God,” I blurted out, and looked down, red in the face,” (Martel 76) showing how Pi’s purpose of worshipping more than one religion is just to worship God. Pi is trying to tell these religious figures and his parents how loving God shouldn’t require religious affiliation. Saying that seemed to silence t... ... middle of paper ... ...’s original story of the animals the truth? Was the tale about the animals just Pi’s was of making the truth sound better by hiding his rebellion and loss of innocence by giving the people animalistic descriptions so he looks humane? Pi just wanted to be accepted by the Japanese men and all who would hear his story and he must have known that nobody would ever understand his primitive and savage actions of killing and eating humans while on the lifeboat. In brief, in order for one to reach full maturity, one must make the difficult transition into adulthood. Even though Pi journeyed through his loss of innocence and rebellion, because he never achieved complete acceptance I do not think that he quite reached adulthood, will continually live in doubt, and will incessantly seek acceptance from those around him because of the events that occurred in his youth.

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