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The Significance of Taboo Marriage in <Memoirs of the Lee Family>

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2013, (28), pp.213-252
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Tak wonjong 1

1서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

<Memoirs of the Lee Family> is a novel containing a series of taboo marriages. It offers one out of many types of marriage tales, especially relating to the marriages of half siblings. The novel consists of different marriage stories for males and females; for males there are stories about 'unspoken marriages that brought about discussions of closure', 'dual marriage between paternal siblings', and 'marriages through deceit', while for the females there are stories of 'marriage between second cousins' and 'marriage with a man that treats the woman as a maid'. These marriages are both stimulating and shocking, all having the similarity of being marriages that would be considered taboo. However, these taboo marriages are not portrayed just to erect interest, but to help the readers understand perceptions of marriage. This novel attempts to portray the tipping point of relatively stable looking normal marriages by showing the regret of the families, the relaxed perception of taboo marriages, and violent tendencies of ideal male characters. When the above is considered and focusing on types of taboo marriages, it can be said that <Memoirs of the Lee family> is a dynamic narration.

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