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The Circumstances of the 『Plum Blossom by Night』

Shin Hyun-Tae 1

1상명대학교

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ABSTRACT

I have reviewed the bare face of misfortune of 「I」, a nameless young writer of Tokyo, shown in 『Plum Blossom by Night』 while comparing it to the real life of Ibuse. For him, complex of all the suffering of youth, except romantic feeling, has become the motif of his early works. Afterwards, he recognized that his egoism(obsession), his characteristic demerit, was the main factor causing tragedy and from that recognition, he started to realize the misfortune as an avoidable fact of life and ceased useless emotional exhaustion. That is, the sensual enlightenment letting him recognize all the reality in a positive attitude was naturally occurred from of inner side of him. Since then, the works showing formula that 「I」 am Ibuse" has been almost disappeared. Even though 「I」 showed his presence in the novel, he only faithfully redendered narration but exerted no impact to it; a literary youth in the early days, filled with agony, could not be found anywhere. Ibuse has overcome the tragedy of youth appeared in earlier works and has steadily grown up while making real life of ordinary people main theme of life on the enriched base of painful personal experience.

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