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Reinvention is an extremely broad term and can be used to refer to a number of things To a post-modern ear the concept doesnt appear to have much depth or scope However with the recent study of certain various texts relating to Reinventions one discovers that the term has deeper resonances than initially expected This essay will be a discussion of only a small number of the forms of reinventionnamely reinvention of beliefs values and perspectives physical reinvention and a reinvention of self and their relation to a number of selected texts including Life of Pi by Yann Martel A very common form of reinvention is reinvention of beliefs values and perspectives These are related because a reinvention of values or beliefs ultimately affect ones perspectives and vice versa In Life of Pi Pi undergoes a number of changes in relation to his beliefs and perspectives Pi states on page 206 that while stranded on the lifeboat for 200 days my behavior was not an act of insanity or a covert suicide attempt but a simple necessity This quote highlights the fact that we are often forced into reinvention of our self and our perspectives involuntarily and primarily due to external forces such as our situation and circumstances Pi is essentially forced into reinvention in order to adapt to maximize his chances for survival Even before his ordeal involving the sinking of the Tsimsum Pi through his own choosing wishes to become a part of the Islamic and Christian faiths as well as remaining a Hindu This previously unseen act presented not only a reinvention of Pis beliefs however it also reinvented the readers ideologies about the nature of religions and religious beliefs This conversion is brought about by Pis search of God and of meaning Initially a Hindu Pi encounters Christianity and comes to embrace Christianitys message of love Then he discovers Islam a beautiful religion of brotherhood and devotion and becomes a
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