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A Study of Secondary Characters in ChoUng-Jeon

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2012, (82), pp.101-123
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Yongcheol Kim 1

1부산대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This Paper studies the secondary charaters in ChoUng-Jeon. This types of character appear on the various narratives in the latter period of Choseon dynasty. And there are the variants in ChoUng-Jeon. First, there are charaters related to life and death of the whole empire. Lee Du-Byung is the most important person of this type. He usurps the imperial throne and persecutes Cho-Ung. He is a ‘grandee usurpator’ character. But he is actually incompetent and is defeated to Cho-Ung, finally. Second, there are characters of hermit. They retire from the world and they possess the power of rescue to the world. But they wait his turn of rescue in a secluded place. Especially, the hero Cho-Ung and the antagonists Ildae, Idae, Samdea are hermits and the survived Agi-jangsus, the commander boy. They are a kind of the Saviors. The last, there are the characters of woman. The lady Wang, Cho-Ung's mother, is a noble woman. She ruins and falls in the lower stratum. Then, she becomes incompetent and endures any kind of trials. Her life is similar to the one of Sijip-sali woman, who leads a hard married life. The lady Jang, Cho-Ung's wife, is the transformed character of the heroine of Jeongi-sosul. She marries on her own authority and never yield to the adversity. Kisaeng Keumlyun and Maewol are the symbols of royalty. They don't miss their noble characters in any case. ChoUng-Jeon is a hero novel and hero Cho-Ung plays a major role. But secondary characters play various and important roles, too. They present their own ideology, either. In the future, we are actively studied of this secondary characters in the classical novel.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.