For this assignment, you will write a 4-page (double-spaced, 12-point font) argumentative essay related to the book “Silence” by Shusaku Endo and the film of the same name directed by Martin Scorsese. Please include a title page with your name and course information on it. Marks will be deducted if you do not include a title page with these items on it.
Both the book and the film tell of the introduction of Christianity to Japan by the Jesuits in the 16th century which brought with it a great deal of suffering for many people including the Japanese converts to Christianity. Both the book and the film portray the suffering of people in different ways and you will explore this element of the book and film.
The purpose of this assignment will be to offer an essay whereby you will argue how the book and the film portray the theme of suffering. Does either (both? neither? Etc.) the book or film more effectively show this theme of suffering? How so? In what ways? I want you to consider both mediums (book and film) and offer a compelling argument about the theme of suffering in the book and film. Keep in mind that these are inherently different mediums of communication.
I will be looking for a number of things in this essay, including a clear introduction with a thesis statement or question, plenty of support in the body of the essay to support your thesis, and a conclusion to draw together your ideas.
You do not have room in this assignment to be comprehensive. Choose examples from the book and film that best demonstrates and supports your thesis. Be as specific as possible with your examples. Please cite both the book and the film in your bibliography (I am fine with you using the citation style of your choice, e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago). There is only a need for in text citations when you are quoting from the book or detailing the particulars of a specific scene from the book. In these instances, cite the page number from the book (or time stamp from the film) at the end of the appropriate sentence in brackets.
I would like to see your own analysis of the book and film and so there is no need to draw in secondary sources.