George W. Bush once said, “I think you can judge from somebody's actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots. I mean, there's a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve” (“Religion”). This quote means that religion can affect people in their attitudes in daily life and help them to achieve success in life. The novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel portrays how religion is important and helps the protagonist of the story, Piscine Molitor Patel or Pi to survive during 227 days of difficulties and sufferings at the sea after a shipwreck. He encounters so many afflictions at the sea and time after time, his faith is tested. Pi is able to survive because he is
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In addition, Pi also states that “It was Richard Parker who calmed me down. It is the irony of this story that the one who scared me witless to start with was the very same who brought me peace, purpose, I dare say even wholeness” (Martel 216). This symbolizes how God is to be feared but then, it is God who will bring peace, a reason to live and instills the feeling of wholeness in an individual. It is only through Richard Parker (God) that Pi could survive and has the strength to continue his life. Therefore, “IF you have established a personal relationship with God, THEN you can approach Him with your prayer requests, and THEN He will answer them” (“Prayer”). This means that in order for a person to be able to approach God for prayer, the person must be willing to create a strong personal relationship with God first so that God can answer his or her prayer. Pi is willing to abide in Richard Parker (God) and is willing to live in him (God). Hence, Pi has established a strong relationship with God. Since Pi is able to create an intimate relationship and connection with God, he is able to intensify his faith and survived.
Furthermore, during Pi’s days at the sea, his undying hope helps him to survive as it strengthens his belief that he will be rescued. Hope is “a belief that something you want will happen” (“Hope”). During his destitution at sea, Pi continues to practice on his prayer routine at the