Do not focus on the ridiculous description of the hero


I took this passage from my favourite author’s, Slavoj Zizek, latest book, entitled Violence. It is a passage from one of the propaganda texts distributed by North Korea during the Korean War.

Hero Kang Ho-yung was seriously wounded in both arms and both legs in the Kamak Hill Battle, so he rolled into the midst of the enemy with a hand grenade in his mouth and wiped them out, shouting: “My arms and legs were broken. But on the contrary my retaliatory spirit against you scoundrels became a thousand times stronger. I will show you the unbending fighting will of a member of the Workers’ Party of Korea and unflinching will firmly pledge to the Party and the Leader!”

I urge you not to focus on the ridiculous description of the hero and the details such as how he is able to speak if he is holding  a grenade with his mouth. Instead try to interpret in a different manner. I won’t give you any hint. You must do your own interpretation and if you wish you can share it by commenting on this post.

Reference: Zizek, Slavoj, p. 84, Violence, 2008

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