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    Throughout the Novel Silence, Shusako Endo depicts the cultural clash between Christianity and Japan. We feel the frustrations that this brings, and are provoked to ask questions such as, why is God silent in the midst of his people’s suffering? But the greater question it begs is what cultural implications have we placed on Christ? Do we expect him to act as a hero in our culture would? He transcends time and culture, but do our expectations and experiences cast a shadow on our impression of

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    Christianity In Japan Japan has been a home for Shinto and Buddhist religions for centuries. The Christian missionaries during the 16th, 19th and 20th centuries worked hard to evangelize the Japanese nation but could not get desired success. There efforts in past failed partly due to sanctions imposed by the local rulers. The Jesuits missionaries traveled with Spanish and Portuguese traders to many areas of America and Asia-Pacific and established their churches and religious missions. They

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    Adaptation of Catholicism in Japan “Catholics comprise less than 1%, 440,000 Japanese citizens, of the population and a majority of people loosely affiliate themselves with Buddhism or Shinto, the indigenous religion of the nation” (Martin). In the 16th century, the expansion of the Portuguese Empire and Spanish Empire played a significant role in the growth of the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world. The Church’s influence was first transported to Japan by a Spanish Jesuit missionary, Francis

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    authors also differed in their portrayal of Christianity in Portuguese-occupied Japan. Hamilton introduces his work by discussing the situation of Christianity in Japan. According to his account, “the Portuguese found this island and Japan to be easily brought over to their notions of Christianity.” Indeed, they converted 180,000 families and “it was believed that the Emperor himself would have become Christian, but a Civil War [was]breaking out in Japan” (Hamilton 299). Therefore, from Hamilton’s

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    Endo Shusaku's Silence

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    show the experience of a foreign priest in Japan as he is trying to do is rightful duty as priest while risking his life. This period, Edo Japan, prohibited practice of Christianity and included the death of those caught in practice. Rodrigues does secret baptisms and listens to people’s confessions but constantly in fear of being discovered. Silence was satisfying as a historical novel because the themes portrayed throughout Rodrigues journey in Japan. Fear of persecution and death is one of the

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    Within the first few pages of the novel, Silence, Shūsaku Endō’s throws his readers head on to the cruelty and darkness that the Christians had faced in 17th century feudal Japan. Father Rodrigues, a Jesuit priest sent to covert the Japanese to the Christian faith, he described the “immersion in the hell of boiling water at Unzen.” the five of priests and two women went through to give up their faith. However, with all the tortures methods used and being immersed in the boil water and being in prison

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    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

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    “Silence is violence” is a common phrase used by people nowadays which references people who lack initiative when it comes to speaking out against oppression. The same phrase could be applied to the ideas within Shusaku Endo’s novel, Silence. Endo was clever to name his novel Silence, because the word is a very prominent symbol within the story. In fact, it plays a crucial role to the development of the main character. Although some readers may argue that the role of silence in the book is neutral

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    by Endo Shusaku is portrayed from a cultural and religious suffering during the 1600s in Japan. The whole trip is carried out with a missionary enthusiasm for the hidden Christians of Japan but also for a personal curiosity to confirm if the stories of Priest Ferreira's apostasy was real. During his missionary trip, Rodriguez felt like his visit was a bringer of suffering rather then to bring the gospel in Japan. The supposed triumphant missionary trip in God’s name has arose demise of the devotees

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    Mori Alliance Essay

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    During the war that ensued in Japan, the Mori clan faced a tough dilemma. Many of the neighboring clans in the Southern part of Japan converted to Christianity. This conversion gave these clans common ground and helped connect them to form an alliance. Mori was not a Christian clan, so this strong alliance that surrounded their borders was an immediate threat to the safety of their clan and their goal of becoming shogun. Despite this alliance being an obvious threat, it took Mori several turns

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