In Life of Pi, how does faith and imagination rescue Pi from the depth of his misery?

In Life of Pi, Pi's faith in God ensures that he never experiences complete loneliness on the lifeboat. Instead, he is able to maintain a sense of hope and belief in the miracle of survival. In a similar vein, his imagination and his construction of a "better story" enable him to better process the horror and trauma he experiences.

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Pi’s belief in and love of God are made clear from the novel’s beginning. It is a love strong enough to go beyond religious divisions, and one he practices fervently in his worship as a Hindu, Muslim, and Christian. His devotion to God becomes less prominent during his time on the boat. This is due to the physical needs that dominate his focus. His faith in God, however, never seems to waver, even as he endures great physical and mental torment.

Faith is a significant factor contributing to Pi’s survival and rescuing him from misery. When he is at his lowest, it is his faith that rescues him. Faith allows Pi to recognize the miraculous nature of life and his survival on the boat. This can be noted in chapter 53:

I was giving up. I would have given up—if a voice hadn’t made itself heard in my heart. The voice said, “I will not die. I refuse it. I will make it through this nightmare. I will beat the odds, as great as they are. I have survived so far, miraculously. Now I will...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on July 15, 2020