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The Representation of So Woon-myung Couple and Its Meaning in “SoSsiSamDaeRok”

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2021, (53), pp.233-258
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2021.53.233
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : April 15, 2021
  • Accepted : May 10, 2021
  • Published : May 31, 2021

Jeung Sun Hee 1

1홍익대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study analyzes the representation of So Woon-myung couple and its meaning in the novel “SoSsiSamDaeRok,” a Korean full-length novel written in the late 17th century. So Woon-myung is kind and good at writing, but he was always considered deficient because he was not generous and was swayed by emotions. In comparison, his wife, Lim, was described as a woman like a scholar and a saint because she was virtuous and logical. His second wife, Lee, is a pretty and fragile-looking woman, but she is strong-minded, noble, and pure, so she is detached from Woon-myung’s love. Another wife, Jeong, is jealous of her husband looking at Lee only, so she commits an evil deed and is kicked out to her parents. The significance of this representation can be said to be the relationship between a husband and a wife as a test bed for a head of household, the karma and fate of a previous life, and the solidarity of a virtuous wife and a pure wife. It is noteworthy that “Woon-myung” as an “ordinary person” was considered interesting while receiving sympathy and criticism from the readers, making them immersed in the work.

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