Victimization of Minor Characters in Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate and Shusaku Endo's Silence
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In a novel, minor characters are never the focus of the plot. Minor characters are present in a novel to affect the major characters and help the character development of the major characters. Minor characters influence the major characters in many ways. One of these ways of supporting the major characters, is the victimization of the minor characters. Two excellent examples of minor characters that impact the major characters of the novels due to the minor characters being victimized is Nacha in Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel and Monica in Silence by Shusaku Endo. Father Rodrigues met Monica for the first time shortly after he has been betrayed by Kichijiro. From the first time that Father Rodrigues encountered Monica, she…show more content… Monica offered Father Rodrigues a cucumber, showing her respect for him by giving him what little food she had to offer. From this small yet generous offer made by Monica, Father Rodrigues reflected on his mission to Japan.
Since coming to this country, he reflected, he had caused nothing but hardship to these poor Christians, and he nibbled at the cucumber with his front teeth. He had received from them the little hut in which he had dwelt, they had given him the clothing he now wore, he had eaten their food. Now it was his turn to give them something. But what could he give? The only thing he had to offer was his life and his death (Endo 81).
Monica was already malnourished, yet she selflessly offered her only food to Father Rodrigues, a man she had never encountered before. This was huge to Father Rodrigues and it made him question what he can do to help her in return. Monica?s impact and the victimization made Father Rodrigues question whether or not his coming to Japan really worth it or not. He realized that he had only created more hardships for the Christian peasants that he had encountered throughout Japan. However, at the same time, Father Rodrigues also realized that many of the Christians looked up to him and were thankful that Father Rodrigues would try to come and help them. Monica, through her being victimized, helped Father Rodrigues decide his fate in the end, dying as a martyr, or living and trying to resurrect a