Through Pi, he aims to compare the stories discovered within each religion: Christianity, Islam & Hinduism and question the readers understanding of God and how he is ‘hard to believe’.
Pi loves the stories within each religion as they ‘sustain’ him to always look for more stories told in Hinduism, Christianity and Islam as they’re all enjoyable than the ‘dry, yeastless factuality’ in everyday life.
Pi as well finds atheism and science as great stories since followers in these ways have something to believe in, compared to those who choose ‘doubt as a philosophy of life.
’ Martel creates a sense of feeling to the audience that agnostics who cannot make a ‘leap of faith’ in either direction are like readers who cannot appreciate the non-literal truth a fictional story might provide.
Even though its only six pages long, it gives a great insight on how Martel came about the story of Pi.
The author’s note blurs the boundary between fact and fiction, stating that ‘fiction’ is the ‘selective transformation of reality.
Ironically, the presence of Richard Parker gave Pi a reason to fight on and proceed to the finish line with the achievement of beating what to most was the inevitable thought of dying alone in the Pacific Ocean.
Since ‘only fear could defeat life” Pi managed to persevere and overcame the fear of Richard Parker to be one of the “very few castaways to have survived” such a long period of time in the sea “in the company of an adult Bengal tiger.
Throughout the erratic motions of the ocean’s currents, the Algae Island is the pinnacle moment of the novel of when Martel makes the attempt to blend realism and disbelief, as “there will be many who disbelieve the following episode”.
Martel adds this anomalously bizarre element in the novel to challenge the readers’ thoughts and also the Japanese officials; Mr Chiba and Mr Okamoto.