Essay On Suffering In Life Of Pi

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To live a life without some extent of suffering is inevitable. Pi Patel, a character in the novel Life of Pi written by Yann Martel represents suffering in its entirety. Pi, a young man, loses his family as the ship they were on sinks into the Pacific Ocean. He ponders “I am to suffer hell without any account from heaven” (122). Pi spends 227 days adrift in the ocean accompanied by Richard Parker, a tiger, wondering why he endured such hardship and when he will receive his return from “heaven”. For Pi, a very religious man the words “hell” and “heaven” are used piously, but those words can be substituted plainly with synonyms such as “suffering” and “relief”. Anyone including Pi, can have a different point of “heaven”, but such bliss is…show more content…
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