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In the novel Life of Pi Yann Martel dichotomizes the perceptual realities and psychological realities of Piscine Monitor Patel Martel is insistent in not sacrificeing our imagination on the altar of crude realityPi and to do this he sets forth in making us wonder whether we are reading an imaginative fiction or a real life story Written as a factual account we are constantly reminded that Pi is alive and doing well in Montreal but his storys credibility is also constantly held under speculation with the far-fetched passages such as that of the algae island and the blind sailor The differences between facts and realities fact and fiction literalism and imagination are themes that run throughout the novel Pi deals with these oppositions through his acceptance of co-existence of opposites This is a theory which Pi learns early in the novel with his fascinating religious complexity This is seen furthermore during his journey with Richard Parker and finally with his more believable story he tells the Japanese officials at the end of the novel The ability for Pi to co-exist with opposites is first seen largely with the beginning of his spiritual journey It was Pis upbringing that led to the inevitable interest in seeking God His mother was neutral on the subject A Hindu upbringing and a Baptist education had precisely cancelled each other outPi 72 His father was a proclaimed atheist and Pi being the curious young boy that he was became interested in knowing God because of this situation Pi is curious of the differences but also the similarities of Hindu Muslim and Christian religions He really feels that God is universalPi 75 and that all religions are truePi 76 The mockery of his brother Ravi and the disapproval of the three wise menPi 71 seems not to bother young Pi He uses his mooring with God for stability in what would seem a very unstable relationship with the Metaphysical He
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