Why is Tokchae a prisoner? What reasons does he give for not leaving his father?

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The first sentence of the story gives readers important setting details:

The northern village at the border of the Thirty-eighth Parallel was snugly settled under the high, bright autumn sky.

The 38th Parallel is an important location because it means that the story is taking place at the dividing line between North Korea and South Korea. During the war, villages located on or near this line changed hands several times as each side pushed their front line deeper...

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