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Spatial aspect of <Simsaengjeon> and sense of the author

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2016, (96), pp.105-122
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Published : March 31, 2016

EunKyung, Seo 1

1충남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper investigates the spatial property & sense of the author drawn in <Simsaengjeon>. <Simsaengjeon>is a tragic love story describing the process in which Simsaeng, a noble man parted a middle-class woman after meeting her. The story is divided into street space where they met, room space based on the woman's room where their love was consummated & space of temple after farewell. The street space, the first stage is the place where the protagonist Simsaeng met her in their fate. This is the space where the real amour of man & woman was manifested, excluding the confucian frame. Lee Ok, the author's desire for modernization is indicated here as the author detected birth of new sense of value. The space based on the woman's room as the 2nd space is described as conflict of status and deviation space on the premise of love. The shape of active woman expressed the resistance and challenging sense against hierarchical society. Casting question on irrational social system through conflict between 2 lovers & woman's behavior, Lee Ok expressed the recovery of ego and challenge against the old age. The space of temple, the 3rd space is the actual world experienced by Simsaeng. After he received the written will of the woman, however, this place is changed into challenging space toward new awakening and confucian order. This includes the author Lee Ok's message of challenge and hope toward accusation of the age and new age. Finally, the author Lee Ok's satire toward old order and intelligent through paradox flows under the delivery of perverted theme through the criticism of Maehwoesa. As stated above, <Simsaengjeon> describes the tragic love of man and woman in the continuance of street, room and temple space. Then, the base is penetrated by author's sense of self-awareness of the public in the late period of Joseon, the accusation of the contradictory society and resistance against feudal order.

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