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Epic Structure and Orientation Shown in Gwangmun-jeonseung(廣文傳承) of Yeonam(燕巖)

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2012, (81), pp.137-157
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

kang Hyeon-Mo 1

1한남대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This article reviewed the epic structure and orientation shown in Gwangmun-jeonseung of Yeonam. To understand the intention of Yeonam properly, this article reviewed <Gwangmunjeon(廣文者傳)> and <Seogwang- munjeonhu(書廣文傳後)> together. Gwangmun-jeonseung of Yeonam is composed of 6paragraphs in <Gwangmunjeon> and 2paragraphs in <Seogwangmunjeonhu>, and those paragraphs are divided into approximately 5sub‐paragraphs respectively. Each sub‐paragraph makes small square structure and enforces the meaning through the development and the repetition. When Gwangmun-jeonseung is reviewed from the perspective of the episodes, it has similar epic structure. It has 9episodes, 7 of which in <Seogwang- munjeonhu> have the characteristics of the introduction. The first and the second episode are introduction, showing Gwangmun as Paedu and local people’s lives respectively. Episode 3-6 shows Gwangmun who gets fame with his artistic quality even though he is a beggar. In the 8th episode, he leaves Seoul enjoying the fame but he is destroyed. The 9th episode is the conclusion of Gwangmun-jeonseung. It shows Gwangmun who disappears because he realizes that the current life is vain. The epic structure of Gwangmun-jeonseung has 3 square structures. The biggest square structure shows Paedu of Geola, the middle structure shows the life of ordinary people, and the smallest one shows the ‘not found.’ The orientation of Gwangmun-jeonseung is downsize oriented consciousness that has been shown in other works of Yeonam.

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