'Story telling' as a way of catharsis - The similarity and difference in 「A wish」and 「My latest possession」-
Through this essay, the characteristic of 'story telling' is examined with the works Chae Mansik's 「A wish」and Park Wansuh's 「My latest possession」. As a result, it was found that there were similarity and difference between two works, in terms of solution of oppression, accomplishment of desire, structure of communication, catharsis process.
'Story telling' gives the speaker some solution for psychological oppression, and that is related to desire for achievement, and there are some treatment effect by the forming of sympathy to the hearer. Furthermore, social aspect that no person can contact with surroundings makes readers more intimate with the work. And the confession style for dramatic effect played an important role for intimacy.
This 'story telling' is a creative reappearance through the talk of the speaker, which composed of one way talking. And it's a kind of communication structure, in which 'I' in 「A wish」speaks for her husband's will and feeling to her supporting sister. In 「My latest possession」, there are sender and receiver who are sisters in law, the writer describes the grief of 'I' who lost her son, and the process of her gaining sympathy of her sister in law.
Here, 'wife' the speaker 'I' is a spokesman for her husband, who wants to recover ordinary life, at the same time, ‘I' becomes a character that get to obtain positive life through straightforward of the grief.
The catharsis which is attained in the process of story telling is a share of the speaker. 'I' in 「A wish」speaks for her husband who felt catharsis through insanity or mental excretion, there are some weak points that his insanity bears another psychological oppression. But considering the last stage of Japanese imperialism, it can surely be apprehended; it is not simple madness but appearance of oppressed self-conscious of a colonial intellectual.
In「My latest possession」, 'made-up I' who couldn't face the sadness and indulged in nihilistic falsehood, through the sorrowful tears, found out real feeling and can get sense of freedom. Here, it is certain that the tear is the same cause of catharsis, but there must be placed jealousy and envy on the basis of that.