The Moment of Violence in “Wolff”

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Essay #: 057539
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The Moment of Violence in "Wolff"
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Wolff’s story is about the moment of violence: what it feels like to target, and shoot, something innocent, for no reason. The description of his mindset is so honest and beautiful that it leaves one wondering both how Wolff came to be someone who, by his own admission, could only see himself armed, and what happened to him in Vietnam and later life.
In a sense, the way in which the story is rooted in the present is an echo of the Western prototype, in which the hero (always a man of violence) emerges out of nowhere, and rides into nowhere when the movie is over. The man of violence, the Westerner, has no past or future; he springs up out of the landscape fully formed.
Although Wolff is a child...
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.....s fortress was where real soldiers used to fight. I remember looking around thinking that I would find soldiers on the parapets and in the towers. I did not understand the concept of the fortress being a ‘historical’ sight. I remember asking my parents were the soldiers were and being told that they had all gone a long time ago. Of course, in my mind, a ‘long time’ was a couple of days, so I kept expecting to see the soldiers come filing through the main gate.
Both the shrine and the fortress were very calming somehow. I have not really had that same feeling of serenity in America. There is so much history in Korea that one can just sink into it and feel part of the cosmos, but America is a young place that does give the comfort of history.