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June 3, 2009


Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 4:25 am
ex-president Noh Moo-hyun

ex-president Noh Moo-hyun

memorial to Noh Moo-hyun

memorial to Noh Moo-hyun


* suicide: the act of killing yourself deliberately
* depression: a medical condition in which a person feels very sad and anxious and often has physical symptoms such as being unable to sleep, etc.
* mimic: to copy the way sb speaks, moves, behaves, etc., especially in order to make other people laugh
* epidemic: a large number of cases of a particular disease happening at the same time in a particular community
* impulse: a sudden strong wish or need to do sth, without stopping to think about the results


There have been emerging worries that the suicide of ex-president Roh Moo-hyun may cause copycat suicides, called the “Werther Effect.”[1] The Werther Effect originates from the novel “The Sorrows of Werther,” which was written by the great German writer Goethe. The term refers to symptoms in which one commits suicide following the suicide of those one has respected and identifies with.[2]
Suicide has spread like an epidemic disease recently in our society. Last year 1,194 people killed themselves. That’s 30.7 people per day, and has been taking the first position among OECD countries as to the suicide rate for the last 10 years. But the problem is suicide amoung the young is high. It is said that more than half of teenagers have felt the drive to commit suicide. Suicide is actually the second ranked reason for the death of young people.[3] The reasons for suicide are depression that result from social pressure, excessive stress, the pain of a broken heart, family troubles, etc.



Discussion Questions:

1. Have you ever felt the impulse to kill yourself? Why or why not?
2. What do you think about celebrities’ suicides?
3. What are the reasons that the rate of suicide among youth is so high?
4. How can suicide be prevented?

[Class #53, Group#3, Choi Woo-hyun, Jeong Doo-ri, Ham Ji-won ]


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