Han Kang 's The Vegetarian

1042 WordsMar 3, 20175 Pages
After a 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 become 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. For each narrative, Han Kang incorporated distinctive senses that cause characters to act a certain way, which appeals to readers’ emotion and consciousness. The different narration emphasizes Yeong-hye’s determination to become a vegetarian, which has become a serious problem to her health and the health of those around her. Han Kang’s emphasis on the senses, such…show more content…
Unable to withstand the embarrassment of having a wife he is not proud of, he abandons her. Han Kang used the sense of pressure emotionally to depict not only the public opinion but also the force that drives Mr. Cheong’s actions. Han Kang utilized the sense of direction to create the plot of the second part of the novel. 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 in 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 to doing other artwork that cannot satisfy him. However, after his discovery 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
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