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Groping for humanity by NeoidealismRevolved around Park Younghee's the Artificial Laborers

Kim, Sang-mo 1

1동국대학교

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ABSTRACT

In this study, I consider Park Younghee's the Artificial Laborers in point of Neoidealism. Commonly, this work has been understood under Marxism and Class struggle. Because it is easy to replace artificial laborers for the proletariat, and then revolution of artificial laborer points contemporary Class revolution. But in this point of view, it is difficult to explain the ending of this work. In the ending of the work, artificial laborers annihilate human and make themselves to human, but they cannot make a decendant. Only two artificial laborers sense each other, feel love, and live together as human. So the important thing is not revolution itself, but the transition from nonhuman to human. This transition accord with Park Younghee' Neoidealism. Through the Neoidealism, he criticizes contemporary literary world. He thinks Many writers adapt Japanese Naturalism unquestioningly. And naturalism is just focused on outside of it doesn't associate with Korean reality. So Park Younghee claims Neoidealism that can overcome disillusive real world. It is important that recovery of humanity like love, life, sympathy in Neoidealism. Park Younghee thinks sense is heart of that recovery. People can imagine other's pain and empathize each other by sense. Without sense, people like as machines or robots. In the Artificial Laborers, humans that make artificial laborers, try to make them perfect human through liberation from labor. But they don't empathize artificial laborers, they deal artificial laborers with products. This neglect about sense makes humans to nonhumans like machines. So ultimately, Park Younghee expects recovery of humanity in the Artificial Laborers. To solve laborers' pain and problems, he thinks recovery of sense is first step. Because only if people can imagine other's pain by sense, they can see problems of society directly and act to solve that problems.

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