human nature in Life of PiWhat does Life of Pi suggest about human nature if we read it as an allegory?

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In many ways Life of Pi is an allegory of the search for spiritual identity, faith, and even the meaning of life. Pi has always been an inquisitive boy. As a child living in Pondicharry India, he followed three different faiths (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism) in an attempt to discover the nature of man. While stranded on his little boat, Pi asks many of the questions that most of us take a lifetime to ask or perhaps never even do. Is there a god? Why can he be so unjust? What's up with the randomness of life and nature? Why am I here? The questions go on and the answers may lie hidden within the context of human nature. Pi merely poses them and together with his animal friends allows us to ponder the enormity of it all with a truly unique individual.

there are many types of people the main two are those content with what they have been told and the way things are!, then there are the majority that do ask questions and need to know!, i made the quests when i was young,now i am a man of science, there are two answers, proven fact that we can see!, or imaginary people and ancient stories that are changed to fit the time!, the one that gives you the most comfort is the one you will believe, or if one is told to you repetitively from early youth can force one to think one way!,it is a search many take and usually know one way but prefer the other for comfort. mike oldantiqueguy@hotmail.com

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Pi or π is one of the most important mathematical constants, approximately equal to 3.14159. It represents the ratio of any circle's circumference to its diameter in Euclidean geometry, which is the same as the ratio of a circle's area to the square of its radius. Many formulas from mathematics, science, and engineering involve π.

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In many ways Life of Pi is an allegory of the search for spiritual identity, faith, and even the meaning of life. Pi has always been an inquisitive boy. As a child living in Pondicharry India, he followed three different faiths (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism) in an attempt to discover the nature of man. While stranded on his little boat, Pi asks many of the questions that most of us take a lifetime to ask or perhaps never even do. Is there a god? Why can he be so unjust? What's up with the randomness of life and nature? Why am I here? The questions go on and the answers may lie hidden within the context of human nature. Pi merely poses them and together with his animal friends allows us to ponder the enormity of it all with a truly unique individual.

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