The Role Of Religion In The Life Of Pi And The Scarlet Letter

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In “The Life of Pi” and “The Scarlet Letter”, religion plays a major role in the story as well as the lives of the main characters, Pi and Hester. Although the religions between books are different with “The Life of Pi” containing Christianity, Hinduism, and Muslim, and “The Scarlet Letter” containing strict Christian beliefs, they all affect the characters in various ways through the entire story. Hester has gone against her religion and is punished for it. Pi on the other hand acknowledges many religions, claiming he “just wants to love God”. In either situation, their faith gets them through an extremely tough encounter. In both stories religion is a major part of their lives. However, while Pi is learning through his religious beliefs and using God as a motive to survive, Hester has committed a sin and is learning from her mistake.
Both books have similar and contrasting features between religions. The first thing that jumps out while comparing is that both characters believe that God or some religious figure is on Earth. While Pi believes to have seen The Virgin Mary, and calls the ocean “God’s cheek” and the sky “God’s ear”, Hester believes to see other figures that are more evil. An example of this is Hester’s child Pearl. Countless times she will refer to Pearl as a demon or imp child. In both stories, the main characters have gone against how everyone else lives their lives. Unlike his entire family and anybody else in India, Pi believes in...

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