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A Study on the Relationship between Gender Equality and the Meaning of the Females in <Yoohwagiyeon(유화기연)>

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2019, (46), pp.51-78
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2019.46.51
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : June 29, 2019
  • Accepted : August 16, 2019
  • Published : August 31, 2019

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ABSTRACT

As the title suggests, <Yoohwagiyeon> is a Korean-language novel of the late Joseon Dynasty that contains a curious connection between 'Yu' and 'Hwa.' It is unique in that while the family of the heroine Yoo and the family of the heroine Hwa are at the forefront of the story, and it deals with the relationship between the hero and the ‘기녀’ in a high proportion. The relationship between a man and a woman in the work is a big part of the narrative structure of the work, and despite the hero's appearance of the hero, the occurrence and resolution of major events take place under the relationship between a man and a woman, not a special being. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to find out about the effects of association between men and women of unique appearance, as well as the significant contribution of the introduction of <Yoohwagiyeon>. In the work, the main character not only has a flirting sin with the Taegeul Sunnyeo in his previous life, but also an unusual sin of seeing "sobyeon" at a banquet. This will result in a lack of sexual function in the present world, resulting in a much greater proportion of hardship. Therefore, the incident of "sobyeon" at a banquet in his previous life has expanded from the bizarre birth story of a male protagonist without genitalia to a story of hardship. It also becomes entangled in the bondage between men and women, serving as an extension of the narrative for the ‘ChunJungyeon’ and for the lack of sexual function. Also, in the work, not only is the association made up of ‘Cheonjeongyeon.’, the story of a fairy-tale that binds with the ‘기녀 Ok-lang’ also forms a large stem of the epic story. ‘기녀 Ok-rang’ has no previous relationship with ‘Yuchun’, but as ‘Ok-rang’ acts in a way that reveals his strong connection with ‘Yuchun’, his best friend, and it is comparable to that of ‘Yoochun’, a painter. The relationship between ‘Yuchun’ and ‘Ok-rang’ is significant in that they recognize Yoo's presence in the city council by showing a sense of recognition by Okrang, and then lead the case to solve it. Also, the relationship between Ok-rang and Yoo-chun is different from the relationship story in which a man with an upper hand, both physically and economically, approaches a ‘기녀’ with a beautiful charm and ends in a bond. The shape of Ok-rang is not easily accessible to men. It has a high profile, a high level of voice, and a visual acuity. It is a man who does not give side to other men's jokes. In the future, Ok-rang plays a role in solving the male lead's sexual deficiency, forming a story that is unique to <Yoohwagiyeon>. The epic does not solve the male sex organ deficiency problem with the element of illusions. Of course, the elements of the celestial system are inserted in the works. Although elements of the heavenly system have been placed in various places, they do not deviate from their role of keeping the relationship between a man and a woman unbreakable and their supporting roles to help the male lead portray his performance when he is active in the international arena. It is only the relationship between men and women that reveals the deficiency of ‘Yuchun’ and provides hardship and solves the deficiency. Only 'Ok-lang' is qualified. Therefore, looking at the relationship between men and women in the work is important in examining where the story of <Yoohwagiyeon>, which falls into a large category of hero novels, distinguishes itself from the characteristics of common hero novels.

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