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The Application of Children’s Songs and its Meaning in Classical Novels

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2005, (55), pp.165-164
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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ABSTRACT

This paper aims at examining aspects how children’ songs were applied in classical novels and its meaning. The contents discussed in this paper are as follows: Children songs prevailed in the late period of Josun Dynasty. This trend stimulates children’ songs to be accepted in classical novels. There are two types of children’ song expressed in classical novels. The first type is to criticize the misbehavior of corrupted politicians. Writers have intentions to reveal the injustice of them through children’ songs. The second type is to criticize the ruling class. Through the children’s songs, writers express people’s voice criticizing ruling class. Writers of classical novels apply these two types of children’s songs as composition apparatus of their literary works. Thus, children’ songs in classical novels involve in the development of plot. Also, children’ songs contribute to enhance readers’ critical consciousness on the reality. As this, children’ songs in classical novels are the literary apparatus with various functions. Therefore, it is necessary to develop study on children’ songs in classical novels more comprehensively.

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