Life can be kind to some and cruel to others, who have more to cry about. And probably the biggest problem is that many do not hear the cries, mostly because the cries are silent.
Writing in the Kyeongyang Magazine, a
creator of a documentary radio program for over 30 years gives us his
thoughts on "The Scream," by Edvard Munch. The painting helps the
writer recall when his cry became vocal, and he says it was with the
help of alcohol. In his life, the years of growing up were not what he
expected. There was poverty, sickness and fear about the future. It was
his mother who gave him the strength to overcome the difficulties. The
crying was there but silent.
"The Scream," for our writer, is a
depiction of an audible scream. Having worked in radio
for so many years what he reads and sees is easily translated into
sound. He can even hear the sound of a piece of white paper. A reason
the painting means so much to him.
quotes from the writing of Munch for the motivation behind the
painting."I was walking down the road with two friends when the sun set;
suddenly, the sky turned as red as blood. I stopped and leaned against
the fence, feeling unspeakably tired. Tongues of fire and blood
stretched over the bluish black fjord. My friends went on walking, while
I lagged behind, shivering with fear. Then I heard the enormous,
infinite scream of nature." The life of Munch was filled with plentiful
reasons for the "The Scream."
writer then brings to our attentions a horrible crime that was
committed by a knife-wielding criminal. Victims of the crime were many,
families were involved, and fear was experienced, with emotional scars never to
However, seeing the bent-over figure of the
criminal in the papers brings other thoughts to mind and gives those
that see him a heavy heart. He has no credit card, no money, no
telephone, no house--a loner. He has not even one friend with whom to
exchange some words. He even shakes his fist at
the mother who wants to help him. Hasn't he also been silently
screaming? How much of our society has been able to hear these
We are able to see beauty in paintings but there
are also paintings that show us a seamier way of life: A
life that is not so beautiful, with faces distorted and bodies disfigured, showing us a different facet of life. The writer
has been moved by this school of expressionists. Seeing this sadness in
life helps him to purify his own sadness, and seeing the screams he also
screams. He wants us to reflect on the many who are screaming but are not heard.