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The Non-revolutionaries

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James Tran

on 9 April 2013

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A presentation by Nicholas Jang, Shawn Bui, Janice Yang, and James Tran The Non-revolutionaries Author Backround This short story starts off with Ok-sun remembering that chilly dawn when North Korean soldiers had banged on her doors and the doors of her village calling everyone out to the play field. Her parents had argued whether to hide her or not because she had been on her studies abroad for a year and no one knew that she had returned. she remembers the day she had returned and falling ill during the same time the North Korean military had poured into South Korea. Rising Action The next part, Ok-sun and her family are standing in the play field and Ok-sun remembers back to when she was a child and all of the memories that took place there. some of the memories included the Japanese occupation. Ok-sun and her town were forced to think and speak in a foreign tongue and to say something in her native language in public was followed swiftly by a slap across the face. another memory includes her father having to prostrate himself infront of one of the Japanese Shinto shrines regularly. Climax Next 100 soldiers, their leader, and 12 men of the village storm into the play field. the 100 men take up unwanted positions in the crowed waiting while their leader and the 12 civilians take places on a stage. here their leader grabs the first civilian and labels him a traitor for mismanagement of supplies. the leader asks for a course of action which is swiftly met by the 100 soldiers crying out "kill him!". the leader then places a pistol to the mans temple and executes him on the spot. Conclusion Lastly the leader of the 100 North Korean soldiers again brings another man and declares him a traitor and again asks for a course of action. yet again the 100 soldiers shout "kill him!", but the leader does not and instead asks if this is really what the crowed wants. he then asks again a minute later and thanks to the 100 soldiers in the crowd, everyone shouts "Kill him!". Immediately following the leader executes the man. this would occur another 10 times while toe chilly dawn turns to a chilly day. Elements Plot Elements: The plot goes through manipulation. The thoughts we see through Ok- Sun's head do not match up to what ends up happening at the end of the story. Instead of peace, she is greated with oppression and a communist state. “ Daddy! Isn't he the leader of the Communists?”
Characterizations: Ok – Sun is a flat, static character. She is presented through with indirect presentation. “ My beloved homeland! Will your rice and your wine ever taste the same again? Will your flutes and your harps ever sound the same again?”(72).
Point of View: The story is told in first person, in the eyes of Ok-Sun. “ I had returned home only a month ago”(71). “ We watched and we trembled as the chilly dawn unfolded into the chilly day”(74).
Literary Devices: Situational irony is used in this story. The citizens of Seoul are supposely free with the division of Korea, but are actually still opressed, under control of the communists. “ Ten more times did the blood of a Korean stain the soil of Korea”(74). By Yu-Wol Chong-Nyon Ok- Sun Introduction Setting How Theme This story takes place in Seoul, South Korea "The boat had arrived at Seoul" (71) and the "playfield" (72).
The story takes place sometime post World War II; around the time of Korea's division in 1945 and the beginning of the Korean War in 1950. "It was at the beginning of my illness that the armies suddenly and without warning swarmed down from the north, blasting their way through my homeland" (71) " 'For purposes of military convenience,' the history books say, my beloved homeland was cut in two" (72).
Also takes place before planes were used as a standard option of transportation between countries as opposed to boats. "My year's scholarship had ended, and I was coming back to bring the wisdom of the West to my 'underdeveloped' homeland. The boat had arrived at Seoul..." (71). Ok-sun is a Korean citizen who returned from her studies abroad one month ago. she had won a scholarship for a school in the west for a year, however as soon as she returns a month passes and she falls ill.
Ok-sun falls ill at the same time the armies of North Korea spill into South Korea. Ok-sun has 1 brother and one sister as well as both her parents still alive. Ok-sun is a flat static character. from what you can infer, she is a smart,well educated person as well as the braver sort. Ok-sun is able to recall all of these events without a stutter or pause. However she is a static character because during the story Ok-sun does not change at all.
"My year's scholarship...'underdeveloped' homeland."(71) Yu-Wol Chong shows the oppressed feeling the citizens of Seoul." Everyone felt the alien presence close to his skin, everyone felt the gnawing cancer digging into his soul"(72) . Even with the division of Korea, they are still controlled by the government. The old leaders are still present in the area they now live in. " We watched and we trembled as the chilly dawn unfolded into the chilly day"(74). Revolutions, counterrevolutions and non-revolutions bring needless death for no apparent reason.
In the story a public execution of 12 people was had in the "playfield" (72). The playfield held many memories to the surrounding community of people. Each of the people in the community were witnesses of the execution. One man was brought up to be executed. A man who was the clerk and in charge of rationalizing the food honestly. He was a man that was "as inoffensive as he was inefficient" (73). This man was called a traitor and was executed for not mending his ways (fixing the food distribution system).Another man was hoisted onto the platform. He was the leader of the communists and was named a traitor because he was a "Communist who has been in South Korea all the time" (74). The story takes place in Korea, when Korea was still united as one country. This is during the Korea War, after WW2. More specifically, the story takes in a playfield in Seoul. The environment of the playfield impacts the story because all the killing happens here. The North Korean communists have invaded South Korea. Because of political differences between the upper and the lower nation, this sets up for disaster. The story “The Non revolutionaries” was written by a young Korean women with the pen name Yu-Wol Chong-Nyon. Her name means “Month-of-June-Youth” in Korean. The pen name she chose for herself holds a special meaning. The meaning is for the generation who grew up into adulthood during and after the civil war in Korea.
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