The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel Themes

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Life in North Korea/Good Citizenship

Jun Do's story gives a personal look at the way that life is lived in North Korea. The people there are accustomed to being told what to do and how to think. Freedom is an idea that Jun Do finds distasteful. He tells Wanda that it is only the North Korea form of living that has ever made sense to him. He believes that he would feel lost and afraid without the boundaries on which the Korea government puts on him. It is when Jun Do is thrown into jail that his opinions of North Korea seem to change. He had believed that he would not face the same fate as others who had been wrongly jailed before him because he had done nothing wrong. It is only when he helps Sun Moon escape from the bonds of Korea, Jun Do finally recognizes...

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