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A study of the Exile Narrative of the Movie The Book of Fish

  • Journal of Popular Narrative
  • 2022, 28(1), pp.13-32
  • DOI : 10.18856/jpn.2022.28.1.001
  • Publisher : The Association of Popular Narrative
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : December 27, 2021
  • Accepted : February 10, 2022
  • Published : February 28, 2022

Kim, Sun-Mi 1

1중앙대학교 다빈치교양대학

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ABSTRACT

This study focuses on analyzing the characteristics of the exile narrative in the movie The Book of Fish. The most basic elements that make up exile narrative are the exile site and the exile. In exile, nature functions like a prison. Therefore, the majesty of nature sometimes discourages exiles. In such a space, the exile actively conducts writing activities or exchanges with local residents in order to endure the life of exile without a release date. The movie The Book of Fish reflects the characteristics of this exile narrative. In particular, it positively describes the exile process of ‘Heuksan’, the exile site, and ‘Jeong Yakjeon’, the exile. ‘Exile’ is likely to be perceived negatively based on ‘sin.’ However, ‘exile narrative’ can have a positive storytelling. It contains a universal narrative of ‘the story of a person who adapts to an unfamiliar environment.’ The movie describes Heuksan, an exile site, as a healing space, and highlights the positive aspects of exile through the appearance of Jeong Yakjeon, who assimilates with local residents in the space. The exile narrative further enhances the understanding of human life through the appearance of an exile seeking recovery by overcoming fear in unfamiliar places. The movie The Book of Fish closely depicts the exile process that has not been properly dealt with in the video media. This study is meaningful in that it is possible to discover the meaning of the exile narrative through the analysis of this work and derive a new positive image of exile.

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