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A Study on the Genius Egoism in Shimazaki Toson -Focusing on the Point of Contact with Rousseau-

Choi SoonYook 1

1서울신학대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper is a study on the egoism expressed in the short novel of "the Sprouting" and Toson’s memoirs. Toson compelled the family and his children into sacrifices for literary writing and business. He sent his children to relatives of the house. Toson was impressed on Rousseau as a thinkers when read young. Just as like Rousseau met maid of needlework of at the laundry room of the boarding house, and five children who were born between two, entrusted to the orphanage has caused a stir. Both of them did the same thing which was a thoroughly selfish with the aim of their success in life between Toson and Rousseau. When Toson read Rousseau’s "confession", he caught and understood the ideas of liberty thought as a source of egoism in Toson. Any way, the liberty which not tied to regulations, exists in the human mind. Free people is who in the existence of conduct to remain his heart's content. In terms of the analysis of "the Sprouting" and Toson’s memoirs, we have found that the self-centered egoism of Toson and the style of egoistic behavior in Toson being from the reading in his 22-year-old, and that he was impressed on “confession” wrtten by Rousseau. depicted as liberty thought. Toson said in his memoirs, that he found out a new ego through "confession" by Rousseau for the sake of self-realization. It is said that Toson confessed the fact that he received the idea of Rousseau and moved it to the action into life.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.