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The Shape and Features of “Geumsan Mongyurok”

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2022, (59), pp.183-227
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : October 14, 2022
  • Accepted : November 7, 2022
  • Published : November 30, 2022

Yang Hyeseung 1

1서울과학기술대학교

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ABSTRACT

“Geumsan Mongyurok” is a unique structure in which the letters between the two spirits, which are divided due to the preservation and opening of Geumsan Mountain, account for more than half of the works. The difference between the positions of the two spirits who show conflict over the preservation and opening of Geumsan Mountain is main contents. Although Oh Yeon-ong is the main character, he is a person who is not directly related to the incident, and maintains an objective attitude toward the dispute between the two characters outside the case. Oh Yeon-ong, who has read all of their letters, evaluates both the narrow Geumsan godly lord and the Noryangsubu’s attitude to embrace everything, but he suggests solutions only with very short remarks. Here, what he claims short but strong is the intention of ‘mediation’. Although it is a short ending, Kim Myeon-woon expressed his reflection and spiritual orientation through Mongyurok. It is easy to think that mediation is an esoteric moral sermon, but it is related to balancing life in the era of extremes. He also said that it is not to make a compromise after thinking roughly, but to think fiercely and ask for the best conclusion to come out of the human world. In th`is way, Mongyurok in the 19th century can be said to be a unique work in the periphery that did not guarantee popularity in the development of a huge novel history during this period, but it can be evaluated as a unique and vital literature that showed the diversity and abundance of epic literature. The problem consciousness of local intellectuals in the 19th century can be found to be meaningful in that it specifically shows the personal and social situation facing the time and teaches lessons through the combination of narrative and editorial.

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