Acceptance of 'Munchangseong' into the classic novel and A good-man character with a fusion of ideas on the border between Confucianism and Taoism —Focusing on Cheongjam in <Wanwolhoemaengyeon(玩月會盟宴)>
This article examines the ideological and narrative origins that make up the characters of Korean long novels. Specifically, with the focus on the family novel series, <Wanwolhoemaengyeon(玩月會盟宴)>, we discussed the process of forming the central figure as a fusion of Confucianism and Taoism by focusing on the aspect of acceptance and the narrative origin. <Wanwolhoemaengyeon> uses the descendants of Cheong Myung-do, who was the initiator of New Confucianism, as the main family. The main character, the male protagonist, is basically a Confucian military figure. Among them, in the case of Cheongjam, which leads the narrative from the beginning to the end of the work, it not only highlights the Taoist image of “Shin Seon(神仙)” in the first appearance, but in the second half, it introduces the past life history, which was the official in the heavens. It is a historical figure, descended from Cheong Myeong-do, and cosmologically set as the successor of Mun Chang-sung.
Munchangseong has a narrative that begins with the image of the heavenly celestial body and transforms into a deity called Munchang empire. Munchangseong is the representative deity of Taoism, and is widely accepted by the upper classes of Joseon society, as well as by Ming and Qing. In addition to the image of Sungmun(崇文, Admiring academics), he confirmed the idea of “Chunghyo(loyalty and filial piety)” based on “Hyo(filial piety)”, which was emphasized by the Joseon Dynasty. 'Chunghyo' in the narrative of the Jaedong empire, which is embraced in the process of personalization and deification of Munchangseong, is emphasized. This can be confirmed in the Taoist scriptures containing the narrative of the Changchang empire. The acceptance of Mun Chang-sung's story elements can be said to be a task in which the high-novel Confucian narrative world embraces the Taoist narrative world with great importance. In addition, the Gunja(good man)-type figure is an ideological fusion-type man who made a narration of Confucian values and Taoist imagination, which seems to reflect the desires of the peoples who wished for a transcendental position on moral superiority.