This paper regards Yeom Sang-seop’s By Inheritance as a female narrative in which a female figure with power actively moves to achieve her purpose, and attempts to explore its political meaning. By Inheritance captures the postwar period from a gender perspective, which is represented as ‘mother-matriarch’s psychology’, an inverted shape of ‘son-patriarch’s psychology’ in Yeom Sangseop’s short stories in the late 1950s.
Yeom Sang-seop focuses on the issue of joining nonpartisan representative and the political and financial ‘inheritance’ of the three families. The generation of ‘father-patriarches’ who lose power and the ‘mother-matriarch’, which symbolizes the legal identity of women as individuals, reflect the context of the 1958 election revision, fraudulent elections, and family law enactment. He calls for the next generation the perception of ‘daughters’ who deviated from romantic love and family norms, not ‘son or son-in-law.’