Yun Heunggil is one of the writers who tried to overcome the trauma of the national division through reconciliation as a way to heal the wounds. His representative works include The Rainy Spell, When Will the Rainbow Rise, and the novel A Sickle. While the first two works suggested the necessity of condolence and reconciliation to restore family relationship, A Sickle differentiated itself from the others by attempting reconciliation at a social level beyond an individual dimension. However, while private-level reconciliation proceeded in a relatively smooth manner, the process to achieve social reconciliation was inevitably more complicated due to the longer period of time when the division system had continued. It turns out to be the harmful consequences of the division trauma that hinders objective reflections on the d ivision an d the war.
A Sickle by Yun Heunggil reveals the pattern of a division trauma that operates in a society at the end of 30 years after the Korea War. In addition, he faces that the healing of the trauma of division is a structure that cannot be cured without reaching a social consensus beyond the individual level. Therefore, in order to objectively reflect on historical events as a beginning of social healing, concealed memory is restored to attempt to integrate the memory. As a subsequent phase, he suggests that it is necessary for the victims to encounter each other to talk about and listen to their wounds. He argues that the final stage of overcoming division is the process of social healing.
This article aims to analyze condolence, reconciliation, and social healing as a solution to overcome the division suggested by Yun Heunggil and examine its limitations.