The purpose of the text is to describe the struggle of North Korean defectors have to go through to escape from North Korea, we know this from experience because the author Hyeonseo Lee not only risked her life but also her family’s life to escape to South Korea despite the dangers if court by either the Chinese police or North Korean agents where they can sent back to a life of horror. The story is told from the perspective of the author in a first-person perspective to describe her life in North Korea from her point of view.
The 20th Century was an era marked by growing turmoil in the world stage. As countries fought for hegemony, it was often groups of people who were most affected by the political turbulence of the times. Throughout this era, many of these oppressive states existed, yet none quite like Nazi Germany and Khmer Rouge Cambodia. Told by the young voices of Elie Wiesel in Night and Chanthity Him in When Broken Glass Floats, each author tells their story of what it meant to grow up as a victim of these regimes. And through the analysis of their experiences are we able to observe the similar tactics two radical government groups imposed and how these tactics-both similar and different- advanced the politics of the aggressors.
There are seven chapters in this book including, “Although I love you”, “Book Parade”, “Happiness the Flower”, “Into the clouds”, “Mom’s present”, “News Day”, and “Who enjoys the race”. The first story, “Although I love you” is about a girl, 이미루, who was adopted by a family in New Zeland. She comes back to Korea where she was actually born after she succeed as a designer; however, her biological mother is dead. The second chapter, “Book Parade”, is a story of students going to the library to pick a character to disguise as for a parade at school. There is a girl in “Happiness the Flower” who gets some flower seeds from her mom and plays the violin for the seeds hoping them to grow up. Later in the story, the seeds grow up and become beautiful flowers.
The feelings of embarrassment and shame poured from my already shattered heart. I momentarily wanted to be back in the Sudan. The chronic starvation and menacing storms of buzzing missiles suddenly didn’t seem so distressing/severe compared to living in this new prejudiced foreign country.
The story beginnings in the midst of the 1960’s, post Korean War. During this era South Korean was going through many, dramatic changes: socially, economically, and politically. Society was becoming for advantaged and
In conclusion, this was all about the life of Esther Ahn Kim. She was in misery and in horrible pain but at the very end still chose to follow God. It wasn’t just Esther’s personality or accomplishments that resulted Korea to be completely transformed, but it was because she suffered for
"Get her out of here," came the soft whisper of a shaking voice. A voice in which was caked with wear and grief. "Save her!" The voice nearly shouted, cracking at the strain of the volume.
“Drifting House” is the title story of Krys Lee’s collection, it presents an older brother attempting to escape famine from North Korea to China with his two younger siblings to look for their mother. By examining Woncheol’s internal conflict and the story’s setting, this paper epitomizes not only the brutal scene that the main characters compelled to make inconceivable sacrifices to survive, but also shows how the fraying complexities of society would force people to risk their lives by fleeing because of its austere political regime.
A tear trickled down my cheek as I read the article on some of his history. It wasn’t a tear of complete sadness. This tear was a mixture of anger, sorrow and desperation.
‘Valarie, Valarie.’ His echoing voice kicked at his chest. It was seconds but it felt like eternity before he reached his wife. Cold sweat covered her body as she curled tighter than a fist on the floor in a corner. He wondered if she was dying as the dread took hold of him and he crawled on his hands and knees and took her in his arms. He felt her warm breath. Sign of life! His heart thanked God. He sat cradling her as only the beat of his heart spoke.
Finally, the author exhibits the crisis of the clash between the old and the new. From beginning to end, the story shows diverse situations in which the traditional values and way of living encounter a barrier in the form of a transitioning Korean society that become more and more Occidentalized. In a way, the assimilation of western values and morals presents itself as a factor in the perversion of the religious structure and the decay of the society, but Kim never seems to blame the westernization for this decline, he simply displays how the country unavoidably changes and succumbs to corruption and
Tears began to well in her eyes as she threw her hand over her forehead, reciting the harrowing details of her ordeal. Her trembling voice evoked pity and pathos as she detailed her narrow escape to freedom.
The doctor looked up to make out whom it was. When he noticed the young looking boy. He saw that the boy had short hair and a pale face, strikingly similar to that of the doctor himself. He looked just like all the other patients that came to see him. But this boy definitely looked younger than most. He put the family portrait face down. A tear fell down the side of his face.
“When I arrived, I was met by the mother, a big startled looking women, very clean and apologetic who merely said, is this the doctor? And let me in.”