TU || Flax Golden Tales || Four Levels of Interpretation Lesson 22

Level: B.A/ B.B.S || Lesson 22 Then and now: Finding My voice (Elsine H. Kin, Korea)

Words Meaning

Shaman = wizard

Firry = burning

Astrology = science of studying position of the stars

Configuration = structure

Disjuncture = broken part

Recall = remember

Segregate = to discriminate

Admonish = to scold

Perpetual = continuous

Yell = shout

Mascot = lucky thing

Hurried = tried

Diligent = hard working

Summary

Elaine H. Kin wrote this article “Then and Now: Finding My Voice” she is a Korean-American writer. She wants to be told her fortune. When she went to the fortune teller, the fortune teller tells her that she will be a good mother and she will enjoy in her life. According to the fortune teller she will have a nice time between the age of 12 to 17. This period could mark her career. An amateur fortune teller told her about her fortunes in a fund raising party. But it didn’t happen as the fortune teller told. She had to face many troubles. In the Korean War many people, homeless. Nobody took interest in Korean people some people came to American to her house as refugees. Her house was in Maryland in America. Some people claimed that Korea is the part of China and others claimed it was the part of Japan.

Similarly, in America blacks were discriminated and troubled by whites. Blacks were ill-treated Blacks were not allowed to live with whites but Asians could live with them. When she used to go to hotels, the staff of the hotel didn’t give the respect. Though she was born in America she wanted to be somebody and wanted to earn fame in America. She wanted to be student leader. For this is wasn’t easy for her because Americas used to tease her and didn’t accept her as an American lady. They teased her for her small eyes.

Four Levels of Interpretation

  1. Literal Comprehension

Elaine H. Kin wrote this article “Then and Now: Finding My Voice” she is a Korean-American writer. She wants to be told her fortune. When she went to the fortune teller, the fortune teller tells her that she will be a good mother and she will enjoy in her life. According to the fortune teller she will have a nice time between the age of 12 to 17. This period could mark her career. An amateur fortune teller told her about her fortunes in a fund raising party. But it didn’t happen as the fortune teller told. She had to face many troubles. In the Korean War many people, homeless. Nobody took interest in Korean people some people came to American to her house as refugees. Her house was in Maryland in America. Some people claimed that Korea is the part of China and others claimed it was the part of Japan.

Similarly, in America blacks were discriminated and troubled by whites. Blacks were ill-treated Blacks were not allowed to live with whites but Asians could live with them. When she used to go to hotels, the staff of the hotel didn’t give the respect. Though she was born in America she wanted to be somebody and wanted to earn fame in America. She wanted to be student leader. For this is wasn’t easy for her because Americas used to tease her and didn’t accept her as an American lady. They teased her for her small eyes.

  1. Interpretation

The writer tries to show that she experienced the bitter experience when she was in America. The fortune teller told her one thing but happened another thing. She had faced lots of problems. She observed the Korean war in which many people lost their houses and lives. She didn’t get love and affection from American people as much as she expected. Due to small eyes she was teased by American boys. Similarly, she saw blacks were ill-treated by the whites. In this way the writer tires to show racial discrimination in America, life of Korean people and her belief in fortune telling.

  1. Critical Thinking

This is an autobiographical note of the writer. She has written what she observed in America and Korea. The language is very simple.

  1. Assimilation

When I finished reading this text, I remembered my college life. When the result B.A. first year was out, I went to the PCO but there wasn’t the telephone line. I became excited to know my result. Finally, I went to the fortune- teller. I asked him whether I could pass the exam or not. But the fortune-teller told me that you have failed the exam. Then I felt sad and returned home. Next day when there was telephone line. I was informed second division. I felt happy and I cursed the fortune teller.

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