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The study on the Chinese rare novel Mingyuetai(明月臺)'s fable-trait and Character

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2019, 54(), pp.89-110
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2019.54..89
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : February 10, 2019
  • Accepted : March 11, 2019
  • Published : March 30, 2019

Myungsin Kim 1

1고려대학교 중국학연구소

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ABSTRACT

This article focuses on the study of Chinese rare novel Mingyuetai(明月臺), where it is important to analyze the value of the work by analyzing the allegorical characteristics of the work, as well as the characteristics of characters and the narrative structure. Mingyuetai is a satirical novel made by Yanshuisanren(煙水散人) in 12 episodes. Yanshuisanren was alive in the mid-19th century, the time of creation was in the end of the Qing Dynasty (1856), whereby it seems to have created the work in the intention to imprint and enhance the value of the human race and its moral virtues, due to the confused era background and the rapidly changing social situation. The artist inserts the bat narrative in the beginning of the work to highlight the allegorical aspect of the work, and it has the purpose of emphasizing the theme of the Three principles and five aspects(三綱五倫), and the Causality Report(因果應報). In the development section and the ending section of the work, the various behaviors of Pei Jishou(裵旣壽) and Gan Baishan(甘百善) give an intense sense of contrast in the story. In this example, Yanshuisanren arranged the characters according to the purpose of their creation and cast their character for those purposes, accordingly since these figures are made up of personality or typical characters of Pei Jishou, Gan Baishan, Pei Siyuanwai (裵四員外), Cui Yuanwai(崔員外) and so on. Pei Jishou is described as a late regretful unfilial person, Gan Baishan is described as a handsome man who is also very passionate, Pei Siyuanwai is described as a father who believes the truth regarding his child to the end, and Cui Yuanwai is described as a person who has a burden to lean on others when events become challenging.

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