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On the Tendencies and Characteristics toward Imitation of Natural Objects showed in the Korean Allegorical Proses

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2008, 0(18), pp.5-45
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Yun Jupil 1

1단국대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The materials of Korean allegorical proses could be classified into persona, natural object, artifact, and abstract object. They account for 51%, 38%, 12%, and 11% in the 201 pieces of sample works respectively. Closely speaking, while imaginary personae of history on the material of persona, animals are given most weight on the natural object. However, compared with imaginary persona for 22%, the weight of animal account for 30% in the whole works. We recognize newly that animal allegory in Korea is given a great deal of weight unexpectedly. Also, as the kinds of animals, the frequency is higher according to the order of dog > mouse/cat > tiger/horse > fox/cow/mole/tortoise·turtle/louse·flea etc. The material of allegory roles as the thematic one in the point which it consist of the core of analogy. Also, it deserve to be refered as analogical element while we consider allegory as figurative discourse. In this thesis, through Lee Kyu-Bo's <a View on Dog & Louse> and so, I contemplate how the materials of 'dog' and 'louse' embody the theme of allegorical works. As the result, I found the process of logical conversion as follow. (1) Dog is a helpful animal, louse is a harmful animal. (2) As dog and louse are very familiar with mankind, they are beings to like living against the mankind together. (3) Dog also has the harmful side, louse also has the helpful side. (4) Dog and louse have much more meaning when we compare them with history of mankind or contemporary society. As the result of contemplation on the allegorical works, the analogical elements of animals provide us with the moment to reflect how the mankind should match well their living with the whole creation, moreover how the mankind themselves live well one another. It may be a prejudiced view of mankind that he like a particular animal because of being helpful or hate because of being harmful. In this view, we can comprehend the idea of Lee Gyu-Bo newly. Especially <a Dialogue with the Creator> is remarkable, in which the writer doubts with the creationism of harmful insects to harass mankind always. It is allegorized within it that the whole creation is not fixed as being created at the very first time, is created as new being always, and only by the being of 'I' could be participated fairly with such repeated process of creation.

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