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Pi’s inspiration came from his childhood “prophets,” Mr. and Mr. Kumar.
In Chapter 31, where the two Kumars meet and enjoy the zoo with Pi there
is a comfortable intermingling and even a crossing over of the biology
teacher’s knowledge and logic with the Sufi’s spiritual understanding.
These two seemingly opposite men move Pi to a double major, one zoology
and one religious studies. Pi accepts both perceptions as part of understanding
Seemingly opposing religions are brought together in Pi. Hinduism, Catholicism
(or Christianity), and Islam are very different religions. However, they
are all based on belief in one God. Though Brahman (Hindu) is expressed
as countless different divinities, Christ (Christian) is one third of
the Trinity that is God, and Allah (Muslim) is singular, each is a God
of love. Man can have a personal relationship with God in each of the
religions. The dogmas of each religion may contradict each other, but
for Pi it is about faith, not about dogma. Just as he accepts science
and religion as equal ways of understanding the world, Pi accepts all
three religions as equal ways to know God.
The story is told in the first person, but by two different narrators. At first, as expected, the Author’s Note is in the author’s voice, but this voice becomes a fictional narrator as the story progresses. The bulk of the narration is reminiscences of the adult Pi as told to this fictional author. Regardless of which narrator is speaking, the story is from an adult viewpoint. However, the tone of the young Pi comes through and the reader feels as if it is a teenage boy narrating at times.
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