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Reading Korean Wisdom capitalizing upon Heroic Novel -Based on <Soudaesungjeon>-

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2013, (27), pp.87-111
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Kim, Sooyoun 1

1한국학중앙연구원

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ABSTRACT

This study is for finding Korean literature & culture educational methods for advanced foreign learners, centering around <Soudea- sungjeon>, the representative work of a popular heroic novel among the classical novels. For this, I primarily look around the feature of the text, explain the story of man-woman connection and the dual structure of heaven-ground as 'a match made in heaven' of Yonga and Yongnyeo, and discussed hero's life story structure as a orphan and begger's life story through the whole work. After understanding of the core structure and contents, on the basis of this, I contemplated the root of Korean culture and values in the level of wisdom. 'A match made in heaven of Yonga and Yongnyeo' continued from the previous life, was read with ‘the view of tie’, a relation-oriented mind, and a storyline which a poor orphan boy become into a king of a country was connected with the Korean traditional value, ‘devotion and lots of love’. As though this kind of mind make a begger, the main character of the novel, into a king, they emphasized that above mentioned mind is the power which can change our lives qualitatively. Classics are not merely ‘story books’ but ‘a collection of wisdom’. For foreign learners, it is meaningful to teach material convenience or modernized civilization that Korea society made in recent decades through modern works, but when we instruct a positive value deep-seated in many Koreans for over a long period of time, they can understand Koreans’ true character, and simultaneously, get a wisdom to overcome the man-made disasters caused by immediate distrust and hastiness for citizens of the world. This wisdom is the power of classics definitely. ‘A collection of wisdom’ is the meaningful text for foreign learners or modern youthful students, another level of learners, thinking of classics as second-language literatures.

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