I want to respond to lisaburg's questions regarding the
symbolism of the blind Frenchman. One of the wonderful things about
literature is its personal relationship with the reader, the fact
that a story can have different meanings for different people.
That's the beauty of reading.
I want you to also consider that Pi studies different religions,
not just Christianity. To him, faith is the important element in
all religions. It's important to believe in something, no matter
what that religion may call its higher power. This is why he can
appreciate an atheist's belief that there is no God. An atheist
has made a decision regarding faith. It is the agnostic's view
that Pi believes is unacceptable because the agnostic is a person
who can't decide whether God exists. To Pi, this shows no
Pi's decision to become a practicing Christian and Muslim at an
early age shocks his parents and the leaders of Hinduism in his
community. Pi sees the three religions as evidence of a greater,
universal belief that encompasses all of the beliefs of the three
religions. He says, "...Hindus, in their capacity for love, are
indeed hairless Christians, just as Muslims, in the way they see
God in everything, are bearded Hindus, and Christians, in their
devotion to God, are hat-wearing Muslims."
What I'm trying to say is for you to take into consideration
that Pi's story is not just a Christian story. It's a story of
holding on to faith in the face of terrible adversity.