A Study on Wu Zixu(伍子胥) and Chinese Revenge Culture
Wu Zixu lived in the Spring and Autumn Period of China, a complicated period during which wars were fought for a long time before the national era, and wars continued in the same country due to power struggles such as Jehu and Daebu. Wu Zixu lived in the Spring and Autumn Period of China, a complicated period during which wars were fought for a long time before the national era, and wars continued in the same country due to power struggles such as Jehu and Daebu. He is a Gangnam district in China who was abandoned in the State of Chu, and then led the heyday of the Five Kingdoms with Sun Zi Bing Fa’s Sun Wu in the State of Wu. But it was to avenge him after his father and brother died unjustly. His story is a representative revenge story in Gangnam, China, and has been handed down for thousands of years through various genres such as novels, plays, and operas.
I taught the story about Wu Zixu in my major class at university and developed various cultural contents based on it. Unlike the concept of revenge in South Korea, the students understood and expressed China’s revenge with great irritation and desperation. We understood that revenge goes on endlessly and eventually everyone becomes hard and miserable. However, in the Korean cultural industry market, such Chinese style revenge stories were judged to have limitations in marketing and were modified to more passive revenge stories. In addition, in the game contents, in Happy Ending, which succeeded in revenge, BGM was set as background music suggesting complex emotions similar to joys and joys rather than joys, indicating that Korean revenge has a message of the futility of revenge.
It was judged that this was due to the cultural differences between Korea and China, and that there must be a reason why it was acquired through a long history. Through this study, I was able to confirm once again that there is a difference between the universal psychology of human beings and the revenge as their actions and the revenge as a cultural phenomenon, and the concept of revenge between Korea and China. Through these cultural similarities, differences, and relative logic between Korea and China, we hope that it will contribute to an in-depth and practical understanding of both countries’ cultures.