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Transcript of The Non-revolutionaries
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.