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Comments about suicide psychology of Woonyeong and <Woonyeong-jeon>'s hope for a healing text

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2010, (21), pp.233-272
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Kim, Sooyoun 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This is a paper on a general opinion about a classic story <Woonyeong-jeon> and its possibility for healing text. This study is subject to its nowness and especially I have possibility in mind that mental agony of people today can be cured by a classic story. This story is built around Woonyeong's suicide and it ended in tragedy. There will not be one reason what caused her to commit suicide. Mixed emotions related to her growing up affects her suicide. Woonyeong left her parents when she was thirteen and started living in the court. As she was growing up she reached her scholastic achievements, but she realized that they are useless things for her. She finally has lost all sense of direction in her life and melancholy feelings crept ever her. She tried to look for a new way out, meanwhile, she met Kim-jinsa and fell in love but her love for him did not come about. Even though she was a court lady, Woonyeong thought it's not a sin to love someone other than a royal family. Ahnpyeong-deagun, King Sejong's third son had favored and trusted her. So she felt guilty about giving away the love he gave her. Eventually, she killed herself and she said sorry about her deed as she left. She had been under a lot of pressure and put the blame for all situation on herself, so these feelings drove her to despair. The tragedy in <Woonyeong-jeon> can function as a curer on depression or suicidal tendencies. It's because <Woonyeong-jeon> describes delicately various human psychology beyond the simple structure of comeuppance and it made up of a process confirming emotions that arise in every situation. Reading the tragic story, in the process, readers face up to their mental agonies and they can find out the cause of them. As they brought cheer to grieving Woonyeong, relatively they feel less tragic about their circumstances. Reading process is analogous to that of conversation. It can be a psychotherapy telling someone their troubles or listening to someone's troubles like them. In the process of their reading, they can have a chance to heal their pains through talking to a character who are in the same boat. Reading a novel can't be laid a person under necessity. So you can be flexible in a mood of melancholy that comes in and out. Readers can give vent to and relieve a lot of emotional baggage by describing their 'feelings' that is hard to put into words. This is a novels' trait that most normative papers with educational purpose don't have.

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