Life of Pi Summary and Analysis: Part One—Toronto and Pondicherry—Chapters 22-32

Yann Martel

Summary and Analysis: Part One—Toronto and Pondicherry—Chapters 22-32

Chapters 22-24:
Summary
Together these three chapters sum up Pi's confusion regarding the role of faith and meaning in the world. Chapter 22 briefly suggests that the atheist is closer to faith than the agnostic. Chapter 23 describes the time all of Pi's religious teachers met him at the same time, with his family, and had a nasty argument over which faith he followed and which was better. Chapter 24 describes how Ravi teased Pi for his attempt to follow multiple faiths.

Analysis
Chapter 23 is a deeply ironic commentary on the conflict between the ideals espoused by religion and their practices. They are all supposedly paths of love and paths to truth,...

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