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A study on Yang-Se, “the unrecognized son” in HyeonMongSsangRyongGi

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2020, (51), pp.293-317
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2020.51.293
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : October 15, 2020
  • Accepted : November 11, 2020
  • Published : November 30, 2020

Jeung Sun Hee 1

1홍익대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This thesis examines what Yang-Se the unrecognized son in a disconnected father-son relationship is doing, the kind of feelings he has, and what results his actions produce in the 18th-century Korean classic novel HyeonMongSsangRyongGi. Yang-Se descends into perversity because of his father's disapproval and discrimination, cause a family feud, and tries to kill his father. Finally, he dies by taking part in a treasonous plot. Earlier in the narrative, Yang-Se becomes jealous of his sister because of a father-son conflict, and his jealously motivates him to plot to harm his sister. When this does not work out, he becomes increasingly wicked and eventually hurts his father. Yang-Se wanted his father’s love, but the tragedy began because he was a son who did not meet his father's expectations, and after misbehaving, he came to the conclusion that his father would either kill him or ask the king to kill him. Hence, the figure of Yang-Se in HyeonMongSsang- RyongGi, is a way to advance the narrative interestingly, while highlighting the central family and fostering introspection about father-son conflict the biggest issue of the time.

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