Study Guide

Silence Fear

By Shusaku Endo


Let's be real: it would be terrifying to be in Father Sebastien Rodrigues's shoes in Silence. The dude is a straight-up fugitive, hunted down by the most vicious samurai you'll find outside of a Wolverine comic. He's faced with torture that would break the will of even the most hardened warrior. And that's just getting started. As Rodrigues struggles to make sense of this chaos, he comes to learn that fear just might be the most powerful force in the known universe.

Questions About Fear

  1. Why is Rodrigues unable to visualize himself being captured?
  2. Why is Rodrigues afraid of renouncing Christianity?
  3. Are the priests brave? Explain your answer.
  4. How is fear used as a tool of oppression in Silence?

Chew on This

The Japanese government uses fear to control its citizens and keep them from practicing Christianity.

Rodrigues isn't afraid of capture, because he naively thinks that the Japanese government won't be able to track him.