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On the study of the consciousness of the writer of “Yu-hyo-kong-sŏn-haeng-lok”through the lens of the choice of the protagonist and his early death

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2021, (52), pp.235-261
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2021.52.235
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : January 26, 2021
  • Accepted : February 9, 2021
  • Published : February 28, 2021

Hwang Ji Hyun 1

1성균관대학교

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ABSTRACT

In this paper the protagonist is “the person who anguished” and the meaning of his early death through the writer’s consciousness was explored, the Second coming of a Saint. “Yu-hyo-kong-sŏn-haeng-lok,” written during the late Cho-sŏn period, is a meaningful novel that illustrated the dominant ideologies and practical aspects of its era. Beyond focusing on the filial duty issues in the novel, I tried to examine the writer’s intention by analyzing the situation and selection of “Yu Yŏn.” Consequently, I have clarified in this paper that the writer had set up a corrupt time, extreme combinations of characters, and the elimination of the possibility of the mending villain. Additionally, the protagonist was revealed as one who anguished about “the right way of life.” Following this, I explored the choice of the protagonist, the narrative strategies used to emphasize his achievement, and the roleof the pain presented in the novel. Due to the desperate necessity, the writer summoned “Yu Yŏn” as the shape of a Saint in one’s ear. However, the severe pain and the early death of the protagonist can be interpreted as the writers’ criticism and the despair.

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