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The Aspect and Implication of Mirror Motif in Choi In-hun’s Novel

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2011, (78), pp.285-305
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

김주언 1

1단국대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper looks into the phase of development about the mirror motif from Choi In-hun’s novel, “The Gray Man” and besides explores the ultimate implications of it. It is hardly consider all problems causing from the process of subject’s subjectivation shown in “The Gray Man”, may begin with the failure of dialectical unification between ego and real world(or between person and society). The hero of this novel has dominant personality which desires to have more difference than dialectical identity. The aspects of split subject can be understood in the context from denial of these identity. The hero is the being who reflects himself through mirror or window from beginning to end. He, a prospective writer, is not only a split subject but also an aesthetic. The mirror is the something that expands his world by splitting. It tears into a pieces. And it faces to fate to be broken by increasing inner conflicts in him. However this broken mirror would also reflect the portrait of literature. In other words, it can reflect the literature itself which is layed as the others of general discourse outside of ideology. The literature would be shown as an another one from the outside of literature through mirror motif. This paper concludes the literature showed like this could agreeable by desire of hero's difference. It is because finally, the aesthetic subject looks into mirror which reflects himself from the outside of strategies of containment of ideology.

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