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The author's desire in Lee Kwang Soo' novels

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2009, (69), pp.271-298
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Park Hyekyung 1

1동국대학교

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ABSTRACT

Lee kwang Soo had keep his passion for writing the novels, although he had said himself that he was not a writer. His novels show repeatedly the subject of a corruption of real society and its moral rebirth, based on the opposing structure of goodness and badness which divides into two parts of morally ideal society and corrupt real society. In Lee Kwang Soo' novels, the corrupt real society is a dark mirror of narcissism reflecting his desire for his moral self-justification. Lee Kwang Soo would want not only the readers which must enlighten by his moral ideas, but also the readers which recognize his own narcissist image of moral purity of his enlightenment ideas that had been capturing his consciousness through his whole life. In Lee Kwang Soo' novels, there are many characters that assert a sacrifice for the nation and mankind, or identify themselves with the holy man such as Jesus and Buddha. It deeply connects his anxiety of self-identity and a sense of inferiority. Then we find a scrubby man to be troubled with heavy moral complex through his life, in an outer cover of moral rigorism of his novels.

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