His belief in Hinduism allowed him to recognise the color orange as the Hindu color of survival, on things such as the life jackets and lifeboat. It also makes him remember the Hindu story about a sage named Markandeya and Vishnu, stating that “I felt like the sage Markandeya, who fell out of Vishnu’s mouth while Vishnu was sleeping and so beheld the entire universe, everything that there is”. This brought him perspective and he realized how meaningless his suffering was.
So we see through the use of religious symbolism and allusion how Pi’s faith helps him maintain hope and his will to live, connects him and allows him to relate to various religious figures and brings him perspective to see the bigger picture.
However, the most important and notable use of symbolism is the raft, which represents his faith. It is something that he has to construct by himself, in order to be effective. We see how this relates to the differences of Whites and Blacks and their actions in “To Kill a Mockingbird”, how religion which was drummed into Whites since birth resulted in hypocrisy as opposed to the strong moral values of the Black community who truly understood their faith. Throughout the tale, his raft never forsakes him, it is the invisible force that finally brings him to safety and the force that transforms him into the individual he finally becomes. the author sends a message that it is our faith that helps us across the unforgiving ad endless sea, to never give up your faith– in yourself, in a better world.