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In literature the extent of the characters circumstances or external forces can compel the character to confront his or hers moral beliefs Ones who are forced upon to challenge his or hers moral beliefs due to the circumstances or external forces would need to reconsider whether to continue listening to their beliefs or to push it aside for the time being In Yann Martels Life of Pi Pi Patel the narrator does confront his moral belief in order to survive through the journey of the pacific ocean At the beginning of this long journey Pis first confrontation was to set a side his religious hinduism acts of being a vegetarian As days pass and supplies slowly deducting Pi was soon forced to hunt and kill animals pushing aside his muslim religion in order to survive from starvation The greatest challenge for Pi during his survival was whether the existence for his love in god shall still rest in his heart or as Pi would say be lost along lifes wayp51 Although it was hard for Pi to go on against his moral beliefs it was the characters confrontations that allowed Pi to have survived from his exceptional circumstances The circumstances of being stranded on a life boat changed Pis eating habitsfrom a religious vegetarian to a savage meat eater As a young religious boy who loved god and studied the religion of hinduismchristianity and Islam the acts of being a vegetarian is essential to Pi which allowed him to portray his faith towards being a hindu Because religion had been with Pi ever since he was a small baby his love for god as Pi would sayis like a germ of religious exaltation that was sown in me and left to germinatep52 Since Pi was unexpectedly thrown overboard onto the lifeboat the importance of being a vegetarian would need to be pushed aside As Pi would say when he first discovered the locker
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