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Silence Essay

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Makala Harris
Mrs. Meeks
English 10
5/24/13
Silence Essay
Silence by Shusaku Endo is a religious historical fiction novel that has been considered a work of Literary Merit for almost 50 years. Endo weaves an all too real tale and poses questions to his readers through three specific characters in his book. Inoue , Father Garrpe, and Kichijiro, who all represent important people in the bible along with the circumstances that surrounded each. Inoue is this books antagonist, what comes to mind when thinking of Inoue is (Luke 8:12, NIV).“The devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved”. Inoue is the one causing all the chaos and problems. He is against Christianity and doesn’t believe that it will be able to take root in Japan and tries with all his might to keep Christianity out of Japan. The person he represents would be the devil because the devil doesn’t want anybody to believe in God, he uses tactics such as physical and mental torment to try to deter Christians away from God, just as Inoue does in this novel. Not only are their tactics the same but descriptions of each in the Bible and Silence are similar as well. When describing Inoue, Vilignano says he is: “Cunning as a serpent so that the Christians until now had not flinched at threats and tortures succumbed one by one to his cunning wiles”. The devil coincidentally is described in the same manner in (Genesis 3:1, NIV). As being: “The serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made”. They each carry out their hatred differently; Inoue does his destroying by physical tortures, among these tortures are; water torture, starvation, and the pit. There are two different types of water torture being told in this novel one being illustrated by Kichijiro as: “Wooden stakes were fixed in the sea at the water’s edge and the Christians were bound to them. When the tide came in, the water would reach up to a certain mark, and then...
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