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A Study of Throwing, Capturing and Obstructing Hidden Weapons in The Romance of The Three kingdoms(『三國演義』)

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2016, (34), pp.223-246
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2016..34.009
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Published : November 30, 2016

HONG, Youn-ki 1

1고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

There are some throwing, capturing and obstructing hidden weapons in The romance of the three kingdoms(『三國演義』). The purpose of this paper is to investigate the features of the novel description about these hidden weapons. For example, Meteor hammer(流星鎚), Three meteor hammer(三個流星鎚) and Flying hammer(飛鎚) belong to throwing hidden weapon. Lasso(套索) and Hooking rope(鉤索) belong to capturing hidden weapon. Caltrops(鐵蒺藜) and Tripping horse rope(絆馬索) belong to obstructing hidden weapon. Through this investigation, we can know the following features: The first, All of these throwing, capturing and obstructing hidden weapons in The romance of the three kingdoms(『三國演義』) are actually non-existent weapons in The history of the three kingdoms(『三國志』). The second, the most characters who are using these hidden weapons are fictional characters that the writer give them negative images. The third, as the novel props, these hidden weapons make the excellent action which cause momentary inversion of the battle condition, make heroes death more glorious and more grievous.

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