silence - ENGL1050H Silence Composition Christian Cicadas...

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ENGL1050H thomarius DaBomb Silence Composition 02/26/09 Christian Cicadas: An Analysis of Cicadas in Silence Insects, though quite small, possess an enormous role in this world. Shusako Endo gives credit to their role throughout his book Silence by utilizing them to reflect characters' moods. In particular, Endo uses the cicada to reflect what Sebastian Rodrigues believes is his religious conviction's strength. Rodrigues, a missionary priest in Japan during a time of Christian persecution, becomes a prisoner of the Japanese. Initially, he possesses a strong religious faith, and “the woods resounded with the voice of the cicada” (78). Rodrigues is determined to gain his “glorious martyrdom” and not apostatize (14). Just as the voice of the cicada is strong, so is his desire to not betray his beliefs. When the guards attempt to make his interrogation a spectacle for the imprisoned Christians, Rodrigues's convictions grow: “the cry of the cicada was cascading from the trees like a waterfall” (103).
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