In Life of Pi, how does Pi's faith contribute to his survival? I need to write an essay on this. Input would be greatly appreciated, along with quotes and page numbers. 

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From the wording of the prompt, it appears that you have already decided that Pi's religion and faith play an integral part in his survival on the life boat. My first suggestion to this essay is to nail down a solid thesis. Don't write the paper and then write the thesis like some students try to do. The thesis statement exists to guide the paper.

As for supporting quotes, the text has a lot that you could use that links Pi's faith to his ability to survive. One thing for sure is that Pi's take on religion is unique because of how it combines three different belief systems. This also shows that Pi is mentally tough and that mental toughness is what absolutely aids him on the boat. Readers can see this mental toughness and deep faith commitment already in chapter four.

But I don't insist. I don't mean to defend zoos. Close them all down if you want (and let us hope that what wildlife remains can survive in what is left of the natural world). I know zoos are no longer in people's good graces. Religion faces the same problem. Certain illusions about freedom plague them both.

This quote shows that Pi believes religion isn't stifling. He discussed earlier how zoos actually help animals to survive, and now he relates that to religion. Faith doesn't hold him back in life. It gives his life a firm base and center. While on the boat, that firm base in religion is what brings him rhythm, routine, and hope.

I practiced religious rituals that I adapted to the circumstances—solitary Masses without priests or consecrated Communion Hosts, darshans without murtis, and pujas with turtle meat for prasad, acts of devotion to Allah not knowing where Mecca was and getting my Arabic wrong. They brought me comfort, that is certain.

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For the first third of the book being entirely about Pi's devotion to religion in different forms, the rest of the book  is surpisingly sparse on any religious commentary or references.  While Pi is in the lifeboat, Martel hardly ever describes him thinking about God.  The first mention is in chapter 53, a couple pages in.  Pi is hopeless, and facing the realization that he will most likely die.  But then a voice in his head says that he will survive, he will not die, "as long as God is with me, I will not die.  Amen."  This resolves him, and he starts planning for survival, instead of moping or cowering in fear. 

At the very end of chapter 60, he discusses some Hindu symbolism to describe how insignifican the feels, then "mumbled words of Muslim prayer and went back to sleep."  He is able to fall asleep, to be comforted by his prayers.  In chapter 63, he lists his daily routine, and prayer shows up several times, so it was obviously on his mind.  In chapter 74, he describes religious rituals he practiced.  He says, "Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love-but sometimes it was so hard to love."  He goes on to describe his fear of losing faith, of sinking "to the very bottom of the Pacific."  But after this, he says that his faith always remained, "a shining point of light in my heart."

Those are just a few to get you started; I hope they help!

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