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    Shusaku Endo's Deep River

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    The author's religious philosophy and how it shapes characterizations are the focus of this analysis of the novel Deep River by Shusaku Endo in five pages. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

    Name of Research Paper File: AM2_PPdeepRv.rtf

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    On the surface Shusaku Endos "Deep River" is a story of personal and cultural clash which unfolds among a group of Japanese tourist touring alongside  the Ganges River in India. Endos purpose is much deeper than depicting a glimpse of the lives of a few randomly chosen characters, however. Endos real purpose is  to convey his view of religion, a view that is non-accepting of the premise that religions are exclusive of one another. To Endo the Christian God is the same  God as the Islamic God, the Buddhist God or the Hindu God. The story which Endo relates is one which he has specifically tailored to clarify his idea of  a true religion verses a religion which operates on the basis of artificially constructed rules and principles. The purpose of the trip depicted  in Endos "Deep River" is to explore what the Hindu and Buddhist religions consider some of the most sacred sites on the earth. For four of the members of  the tour group the trip could even be considered a pilgrimage of sorts. Isobe, Mitsuko, Numada, and Kiguchi at first appear just like their travel mates. As the  plot unfolds, however, we find that these four have much more in common than they would care to admit. Each is on a spiritual quest to right old  wrongs. Each has reached the point in their lives where they must find redemption. Despite the similarities in their immediate quest,  the circumstances which have brought Isobe, Mitsuko, Numada, and Kiguchi to the sacred sites alongside the Ganges River are quite different. The first member of this diverse tour 

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