Currently back around the 17th century Christianity was still onthe go and blowing up spreading across nations. But in Japan, there governmentdidn’t want to be any part of the trending event. Like most of many Christianchurches, going on missionary’s is one way of spreading the word of god and bydoing so Father Ferreira is in Japan trying to spread the teachings of God’sword but is soon later captured by Japans government. Now around this time inJapan, there government thoughts on Christianity are not so good. They wantnothing to do with the Christianity religion.1 Japans religion back then was Shinto and or Buddhism.
Most of the people inJapan believed in both. Shintoism is to worship the sacred spirits such as theimportant things in life for example, the rain, mountains, wing and or theirancestors. Buddhism deals with the belief of reincarnation which means rebirth.This meaning that the practice of Buddhism is to understand the true insight ofnature and reality. Buddhism ways of practices such as meditation are ways thatcan help you change yourself and can help with the development of certainthings like kindness and wisdom, and qualities of self-awareness.2 Thereare a various amount of themes in this book and one of them that stands outmore than the other is religion. Its talk all throughout the storyline.
Oneexample is when Father Sebastian Rodrigues goes off to Japan on a mission whichis to spread the gospel and talk about Jesus Christ. As he is doing that theJapanese government would soon catch on and then Rodrigues faith would soon betested. He would be question of his beliefs would be interrogated and thepeople who listen to him and followed him would be persecuted. Another theme Iwould say that stood out to me was sacrifice. The fathers in the story ofSilence would show sacrificing and the risk they had to take because they knewwhat would and or could happen to them if they are to get caught.
This wouldshow another big them which is fear because they knew the rick they would haveto take even though they knew the consequences they still went and did itanyway.3 Ithink this was a well written book and it had a lot of meaning into. I like findingout what the themes were because there was a good about of them and thestoryline of the book did good with guiding the reader on what the themes are.For a story like this there are many connections you can make as well. Such aswith the themes, you can relate to what happen to the Japanese Christians andhow they were persecuted for their beliefs and also how in the bible when theromans beat down on Jesus for spreading the word of God and he died for all ofus even for those who don’t believe and understand. I can relate to this bookwith many things such as fear.
I still fear things even though I shouldn’t. Butwith having and relationship with God and having faith and believing I know Ican do anything with him by my side. Today Japan is still the same and theirgovernment doesn’t allow Christianity. I hope in the future that Christianitywill continue to grow across the world and that everyone will believe in Jesus.1 EndoÌ, ShuÌsaku. Silence. Picador, 2017.
2 Tamashige, Sachiko. “Seeing Where Shinto and Buddhism Cross.” The JapanTimes, 16 May 2013, www.japantimes.co.
jp/culture/2013/05/16/arts/seeing-where-shinto-and-buddhism-cross/. 3 EndoÌ, ShuÌsaku. Silence. Picador, 2017.