One of the passages in the third scene of “The Violin” stood out to me as the most interesting. It is the narration of Jhin about the recollection of the murder his own father, which is right after Jink finds out that Jhin is the killer. It shows a detailed description of the murder and Jhin’s emotions during the murder. Audience awareness is manifested well in this passage through an impressive climax with rich descriptions and the characterization of Jhin.
The narration is a dramatic climax which was made possible through a vivid depiction of the murder scene. The murder scene is very graphic and contributes to most of the gore of the story. Such as when Jhin “‘[remembers] the satisfaction that [he] felt as … blood spewed out of his leg faster than water from a hose’”(Soarser, el al, Scene 3). This is one of the most important elements that distinguishes the story as a mystery because if shows the offender’s firsthand account of the crime. It makes a realistic account of the incident with rich details. This passage also serves a niche audience that enjoys horror or thriller due to the cruel imageries. It is successful in expanding the audience by categorizing the story in mild thriller along with mystery and science fiction.
This passage not only broadens the audience but also completes the characterization of Jhin with interesting rhetorical choices. When Jhin talks to Jink, he refers to his father as “‘your father’” (Soarser, el al, Scene 3). Jhin’s denial of his own father is due to the painful memories of his father abusing his brothers and himself. This adds complexity to the story’s villain and gives profound meaning to the murder because it is emotionally linked to the offender who was once victimized by the victim. This is one of the convincing evidences of Jhin’s motivation to kill his own father and shows that Jhin is not one-dimensional. It contains pathos and evokes mild pity for Jhin despite him being the villain.
Another evidence is that Jhin made specific choices when exacting his revenge. Fueled with contempt, Jhin commits the murder in three sequences, each having significant meaning to him. First, he beat his father with the violin. He thought it was fitting to kill his own father with the violin that symbolizes his father’s preference of Jink over Jhin. He then decided to “‘take away the bow, and … the sound of the violin with it’”(Soarser, el al, Scene 3). He drove the bow straight through his father’s femoral artery. Lastly, he stabbed his father with three broken pieces of the bow that represents his brothers and himself. The audience can see that the murder is Jhin’s endeavor to erase the trauma and believe that he is a three-dimensional character.
All in all, this passage demonstrates audience awareness with a graphic climax that widens the audience and the descriptive symbolisms in the murder scene that makes Jhin a more interesting villain. These gives a better reading experience to the audience who are looking for a good story in multiple genres.
The Violin. Storium. Scene 3