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A Study on Honggeulsori: focusing on self-exploratory attitude represented through lamentation

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2012, (25), pp.65-94
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Jungar Lee 1

1가천대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to examine the aspects of lamentation in Honggeulsori in an attempt to shed light on this song's female consciousness - identity as a daughter, a sense of dependence, memory from childhood, a sense of alienation and self-consciousness(pursuing getting out of unhappy life). It's ultimately meant to define the self-exploratory attitude of this song and its meaning. This song's repeated lamentation was rooted in lack of emotional communication with parents. That resulted from the young commoner of the lower classes' unwanted marriage under the patriarchal system (being separated from her mother and going to the strange husband's home). She was emotionally dependent on her mother in childhood, and the incident of marriage forced her to undergo isolation and cutoff. She got to have a sense of alienation in the isolated space, and she got to have a strong self-consciousness and eventually wanted to get out of such a tough reality at the same time. Honggeulsori repeatedly described and reinforced the words of lamentation and thereby represented that she should pursue her own real life and overcome the reality. This song urged her to lead her own life by emphasizing her lamentation. This song's female consciousness could be defined as a self-exploratory attitude, and this self-exploratory attitude could be said as self-awakening of what she should pursue in her life and shows her desire for healing and self-recovery.

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