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The Everyday Life and the Children’s Plays of Ham seduk in the Wartime System

  • The Journal of Korean drama and theatre
  • 2019, (66), pp.131-161
  • DOI : 10.17938/tjkdat.2019..66.131
  • Publisher : The Learned Society Of Korean Drama And Theatre
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : November 20, 2019
  • Accepted : December 18, 2019
  • Published : December 30, 2019

Son JeungSang 1

1경북대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to reconsider the meaning of Dakkwa aideul and Owalui achim. Dakkwa aideul and the Morning of May are works written as the script for the school arts festival and children’ play respectively and should be evaluated as children's plays rather than on the same view as adult plays. Referring to the historical context in which everyday life became an important place in children's plays at the end of Japanese colonial rule, I looked at the existence and characteristics of children's plays at the end of Japanese colonial rule through Dakkwa aideul and Owalui achim. Instead of going to school, working children appear, but children look forward to a bright, pleasant, and hopeful future in Dakkwa aideul. This is the main characteristic of contemporary children's play, as it served as discipline, not as an individual's temperament. In Owalui achim discipline children's bodies and spirits through ball play, hierarchical order through the president, and modern time. Looking at Dakkwa aideul and Owalui achim, the children who started to go to school for a better future were eventually disciplined through school education, reborn as soldier-type humans, and become sympathetic to the imperial nationalism of children. In this way, the scene in Dakkwa aideul, where the only one who is not involved in school discipline, sings a traditional Korean song, revealing the disturbing message that Ham seduk is a colonial child who cannot be a child of the empire.

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