It is through Pi’s character development that Yann Martel grows and discusses each of these themes, his unwavering faith and his analytical, logical mind. He is the mode of communication through which the themes are shown.Pi, at the beginning of the novel, had no idea how to survive in the terms that he would eventually be able to.
Throughout the novel, we see his character grow more hardened, efficient and improved to the task of surviving. Before he was forced to survive on the raft with the tiger, he was a soft-hearted boy who loved intellectual quests and hated confrontations. As the novel progresses, his personality becomes more aggressive, he will confront challenges head-on instead of avoiding them, he will harden his heart against hard tasks and do them and intellectual quests were abandoned in favour of daily, unskilled tasks.His faith was also challenged. Before his trails, he was filled with what he felt was faith and it wasn’t until he was tossed all alone into the ocean that he had to put his faith to the test. Stories always appealed to Pi, which was why he loved all different religions. However, as the novel progresses, stories become less of a passing fancy and hobby and more of a survival necessity. The story becomes his coping mechanism and we see his faith in stories solidify from being a nice thing to think about, to his realisation that they are actually crucial to survival.