Han Kang 's The Vegetarian By Three Perspectives Of People Who Closely Associate With Yeong Hye

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After the traumatizing dream, Yeong-hye abandons her way of living and hopes to become a plant to prevent the violent dream from reoccurring. Yeong-hye has turned unfamiliar and disengaged in social activities. Han Kang’s The Vegetarian includes three perspectives of people who closely associate with Yeong-hye to provide various views of their thoughts and experiences with her. Through the narratives, Han Kang incorporated descriptions of characters with distinctive senses that appeal to reader’s emotion and consciousness. The time lapse throughout the novel and different narration emphasize Yeong-hye’s determination to become a vegetarian, which has become a serious problem that also affects people around her. Han Kang’s emphasis on…show more content…
Han Kang’s use of comparison between two closely related but very different characters demonstrates society’s definition of a dutiful wife. Unable to withstand the embarrassment of having a wife he is not proud of, he leaves her. Han Kang used the sense of pressure to depict not only the public opinion, but also the force that drives Mr. Cheong’s actions. Being an artist who constantly searches for inspiration that can fully satisfy him, In-hye’s husband is still trying to find his path. As the second part of the novel is written in third person about the husband, readers note the extreme change of personality after he finds the right path. Initially, he wanders around hoping to find the rightful figure for his artwork. The narrator states, “But he hadn’t found what he’d been looking for. There had been nothing for him in the booming electronic music, the gaudy costumes, the showy nudity, or the overtly sexual gestures. The thing he’d been searching for was something quieter, deeper and more private.” (64). Unable to search for the right inspiration, he is restricted from doing other artworks that cannot satisfy him. However, after his discovering of Yeong-hye’s Mongolian mark, he finds a purpose in his life because he can finally complete his artwork. The narrator states, “He knew he had reached a point of no return. But he couldn’t stop now. No, he didn’t want to stop.” (103). After finding the right direction, he demands more to improvise his
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