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Comparative study on『Heartless』and『The Poppy』

  • 日本硏究
  • 2013, (35), pp.13-28
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Published : August 20, 2013

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ABSTRACT

Chunwon Kwang-su Lee's 『Heartless』 and Soseki Natsume's 『The Poppy』 have been studied in attempt to find influential correlation between the two. First of all, the two writers, Chunwon and Soseki, are showing resemblance in their attitude as writers focusing more on common good of the society or the country they belong to than on their literary work itself. 『Heartless』 was to be a wake-up call for the conscious "I" to sublimate into nationalism ideology based on civilization, and 『The Poppy』criticized indiscreet accommodation on Western civilization that took place after collapse of obstinacy. The reason the novels differ in central idea, the theme, is because of the difference between their contemporary circumstances; the blooming modernization of the Korean society and the peak-reaching status of the Japanese Meiji society. One of the evidences is their spatial backgrounds. Just like 『The Poppy』 whose story takes place in the old city of Kyoto and the new city, Tokyo, 『Heartless』 chooses Pyeongyang and Seoul as its stage. Another is the types of characters that appear in the novels. The main characters are intellectual-class men and women in their 20's and friends to one another, and each work has characters divided into either meditative and idealistic or realistic and pro-action characteristics. Third, there is an obvious similarity in story development. Other than the fact that each story includes a love triangle, the main male characters teach English getting to forget about their ladies of past and approach new women. After all, Chunwon can be regarded he adopted Soseki's way that had adopted writing style of full-length novels from his experience gained in England studying abroad.

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