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A Study of Images of Women in the Discourse on Labor in the 1980s -Focused on The Dawn of Labor

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2011, (79), pp.181-202
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

박종덕 1

1충남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This research is a study of the images of women illustrated in The Dawn of Labor. This is the intention to examine how the true nature of women exposed to multi-repression is illustrated in the worker poet's texts. Various images of women are illustrated in The Dawn of Labor. As the wife is a labor subject on equal terms with the man-narrator, the narrator becomes to recognize the woman-the laborer-the wife as human beings equivalent to himself while studying for labor liberation and through labor movement and struggle based on his study. When you examine the text about the mother, superficially the mother appears to be the absolute good by sacrificing for her child. Although the narrator does not confess his mother is the motive of his struggle, paradoxically through the text declaring the reason of his struggle by the voice of his mother, you can look at the man-narrator's sense of the mother. The images of the women-laborers set as the women apart excluded from his own relationship are consistent. The image of the woman-laborer in a quandary over her problem escaping from the perspective of mechanical formality is presented. And it is noteworthy that he could illustrate the initiative of the woman-laborer concretely by focusing on the process of her independent sense of identity made after awakening the limit of consciousness. In conclusion, women appearing in The Dawn of Labor were on equal terms with the man-narrator. By embodying the process of confirming the woman-laborer's own value of existence dialectically, you can be aware of it that the labor of women-laborers could be the driving force to overcome the contradiction of the world. It seems to be the result of recognizing femininity or maternity positively and progressively. Finally in The Dawn of Labor not only 'women' appear but also the narrator raises the issue of 'women's problems' actively and shows overcoming them dialectically. Eventually he suggests that we can solve 'human problems.'

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