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  1. edwardgbunkertoad

    You say:
    “In the end, though, what’s the message? Does Pi’s faith survive intact? Does he decide to choose one of the three religions (as his parents and the religious leaders urged earlier)? Does he give up on religion and, like his father urged, turn to reason? Does he reject his god(s) or like Job accept the ineffable nature of his deity? We never really know.”
    I would argue that we do know. I think the point is made when Pi is interviewed by the Japanese incident inspectors regarding the sinking. He provides two alternative stories. The (arguably) true version is the one where the human survivors fight among themselves. There is murder and canabalism. The (arguably) invented story is the one where Pi survives at sea with the Bengal tiger (and other animals representing the human survivors of the actual wreck). The outcome of each story is essentially the same: the ship is lost, Pi doesn’t really know why, and he is the only survivor. The wise inspectors thus choose the version they prefer; the second.
    I think the book and film apply this reasoning to organised religion. It doesn’t matter which story you prefer; Christianity, Islam, Judaism. They are likely all technically incorrect human inventions. However, the result is the same; there is one God, one creator. This explains why Pi appears to embrace all religions equally. He can’t possibly believe the details of each, but he is clearly a spiritual person.