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A Study on the Parent-Child Relationship in Korean Classical Novels Written in 17th-18th Centuries

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2010, (21), pp.169-200
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Jeung Sun Hee 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

The present paper reviews four series novels written in Korean vernacular in the 17th and 18th centuries--The Story of So Hyeon-seong (Sohyeonseongnok), Three Generations of the Soh Family (Sossisamdaerok) and A Dream of Two Dragons (Hyeonmong ssangnyonggi)--to examine how parents in the novels interact with their children. A special focus is given to the virtues taught to the children and the way they are disciplined. Since these novels' main theme is the family's prosperity and the succession of their bloodline, important implications can be drawn from the way how their characters try to pass on certain values and attitudes toward life to their children, and how they educate them. Accordingly, the study analyzes the parent-child relationships in these novels based on the following four patterns: 1) father and son (a father who is stern to his son but occasionally expresses warm fatherly affection); 2) mother and son (qualities in a mother, which are generally assumed to have been inherited by her son); 3) father and daughter (a father who recognizes his daughter's talent and educates her); and 4) mother and daughter (a mother who considers her daughter as her alter ego, and thus who is even stricter to her). These relationship patterns reveal the interest, duties and wishes of women in noble families, who composed the main readership of the novels at the time of their publication.

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