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Behind the Eyes of the Sad and Pathetic

Scott on April 18, 2007 at 11:39 am

Two of the one-act plays written by Virginia Tech murderer, Cho Seung-Hui, have been posted on-line. You may want to take 10-15 minutes to read over them, though don’t take the time to read them unless you also have the time to take a shower afterwards. Though it certainly isn’t a clinical diagnosis, it isn’t stretching things very far to say that he had ISSUES!

I’ll make a couple quick observations…

1) It is being reported that he was an English major. If that was the case, then as my grandfather used to say, he was a piss-poor excuse for one. His writing wasn’t just weak, it was BAD. Cho Seung-Hui’s stuff is poorly written, badly constructed and reads as a young man’s desperate attempt to be noticed while operating under the misconception that the liberal use of profanity and sexual imagery and allusion are the same thing as good writing. Some of the best playwrights have been people with anger and who have been haunted by a host of dark issues, and who have expressed their frustration and disillusionment through the characters within their plays. I think that Cho Seung-Hui was too far gone and too badly damaged in his head/spirit/psyche/whatever to do anything but create these plays in a desperate attempt to find meaning in his life and to express his need/desire for help.

2) In both plays, Cho Seung-Hui makes frequent reference to anal sex and child molestation/pedophilia. Several of his characters (who are minors) talk about it as though it has happened to them, while accusing the adults in the plays as being the perpetrators. In one case, the accusations seem to be true (in the play “Mr. Brownstone”) and in the other case the accusations are a vicious attempt on the part of teen boy to get his step-father into trouble with his mother. If the authorities really want to understand what was going on in the mind of this guy, they should find out what happened to him in his past and who was responsible. I’m thinking that if they look hard enough, they might find that this guy was molested and/or abused in a variety of ways, and probably by adults in his family or in his close circle of friends.

I have to wonder how many people out there who knew this guy over the years saw various warning signs, but didn’t connect the dots. And of course, there were the warning signs that were noticed by the girls he harassed, the professor who read his writings and became concerned, and the students in his play-writing class who were afraid to give him feedback because they were afraid of what he might do.

I also heard this morning that his parents have been hospitalized. I wonder what they and other family members know about this sad, tragic young man. Imagine the guilt that a family member would have if they knew something but failed to act on it. Hopefully that isn’t the case with Cho Seung-Hui’s parents, but one does have to wonder.

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