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Envy and Jealousy in Roth’s The Dying Animal and Bumshin Park’s Eungyo

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2017, 49(), pp.151-180
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2017.49..151
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : November 10, 2017
  • Accepted : December 1, 2017
  • Published : December 30, 2017

Oh, Bonghee 1

1경남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper explores envy and jealousy caused by conflicts between youth and old age in Philip Roth’s The Dying Animal and Bumshin Park’s Eungyo. In Roth’s Novel, David became envious and jealous of a fictional man when he imagined “the pornography of jealousy.” In this pornography, his imagined rival was a young man who was once David himself but was no longer young who might steal Consuela away from him. In this sense, David's envy towards this young rival can be called “self-envy.” David considered sex an act of revenge on death. But his envy and jealousy undermined his power and effect. In Eungyo, envy and jealousy arose between Lee and Seo when they came into conflict because of Lee’s literary talent and Eungyo. At first, Seo admired Lee. But he grew envious of Lee's talent when he gained popularity and success by publishing Lee's novels under his own name. He was engulfed in jealousy when he detected Lee’s sexual desire for Eungyo. He even insulted Lee’s old age, which enraged Lee. Lee’s rage was mixed with his envy toward the young and his sense of betrayal against Seo. With Seo’s death, all these negative feelings disappeared. Instead, Lee was captivated by the pulsing breath of life and its beauty he observed in Eungyo.

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