Sweetheart Sorrow by David Hoon Kim
The parallels of “Alone” by Yiyun Li and “Sweetheart Sorrow” by David Hoon Kim were portrayed beautifully in the characters Fumiko and Suchen. Both young women of Asian decent were haunted by the elements in their lives. This awakens one’s consciousness that to be haunted by one’s innermost demons can become the catalyst of one’s freedom or demise. Therefore, the power lies within one’s self to assent and change those innermost elements to be free.
Superbly written, by both authors, these two riveting stories convey, the poignant haunting of both Fumiko and Suchen’s souls by their inner demons. Fumiko’s nervous breakdown was brought on by the demanding expectations of the Asian culture; enslaved by her demons she choosing chose death: “I finally understood what Fumiko had been trying to tell me in her garbled, mispronounced French: not Ta voix but Au revoir. Gazing up at the rows of windows, I saw the white of the bed sheets and Fumiko’s silhouette” (David Hoon Kim, 12). Fumiko was never to be haunted again by the elements of her culture. Give another sentence of explanation. When readers view Also, Suchen’s life trajectory they realize her suicidal pack gone wrong choosing to live but was in actuality her death sentence in actuality was dead, forever to be haunted by the spirits of her deceased friends: “Yet through their absence the girls had made themselves more present than anyone else in Suchen’s world, and she lived not only for herself but for their unconsumed lives”(Li, 5). Suchen held herself prisoner for living with a contrite heart of never forgiving herself because they had perished (Yiyun Li, 5). Add another line.
Showcased in the lives of Fumiko and Suchen is the valiant effort to escape these elements by relocating to new places. ”Your girlfriend came to France as a cure. But one of the conditions of her recovery was that she avoid things, elements that are reminiscent of
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