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A Study on Bangjujeon as the Novelization of the Three Bonds

  • 인문논총
  • 2020, 53(), pp.171-192
  • DOI : 10.33638/JHS.53.9
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : August 31, 2020
  • Accepted : October 13, 2020
  • Published : October 31, 2020

Park, Inhee 1

1국민대학교

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ABSTRACT

Bangjujeon is a Hangeul-manuscript classic novel that has not been widely known. In Bangjujeon, the male main character, Bangju, played a minor role. Therefore, this paper attempts to examine the work on the basis of the women who got engaged to Bangju. This will help us to identify what is handled in Bangjujeon and what distinguishes it from other novels. The examination shows that the center of Bangjujeon is four women who got engaged to Bangju. Through the four women's lives, the work shows that women fulfilled 'filial piety', 'chastity' and 'loyalty'. It is the novelization of the Three Bonds, the three codes of Confucian ethics. In respect of the novelization of the Three Bonds, Bangjujeon can be considered as a work functioning as a book for Confucian indoctrination. Bangjujeon is different from other books for Confucian indoctrination in the way that women who fulfilled the Three Bonds were rewarded and this interests female readers. Furthermore, Bangjujeon is different in that dealing with women of higher and lower classes helps all women to accept the work without aversion and realize the female characters' behaviors as a great example. It is important that these differences allow Bangjujeon to overcome the limitations and function as a book for Confucian indoctrination.

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