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A Study on Chinese Rhetoric in the Lines of Main Characters of The Face of Chiang Kai-Shek

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2016, (42), pp.195-224
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2016..42.008
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : October 31, 2016

Na, Min Gu 1 Park Yunhee 1

1한국외국어대학교

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ABSTRACT

Human beings use rhetoric for the more effective communication of their intentions or emotions in language. It is thus helpful for understanding what the speaker says in-depth to examine the rhetoric melted in his or her language. It is the same with play. One can understand the ideas, ideologies, psychology and intentions of characters more profoundly by analyzing the rhetoric in their lines. This study set out to investigate the figure of speech in the lines of the main characters in 『The Face of Chiang Kai-Shek』, a modern Chinese play, by examining the characteristics of the rhetoric mainly used by the types of characters and looking into correlations between the characteristics of characters and rhetoric. 『The Face of Chiang Kai-Shek』was chosen for the study because it was differentiated from the old plays in that it depicted the inner worlds of three main characters and the conflicts among them in a sophisticated manner while addressing human psychology as its topic. The analysis results of its script show that all of three characters have a distinctive individuality and that a variety of rhetoric is used to describe the ideas and emotions of each character. In a word, the play holds huge research value. The analysis results reveal that major rhetorical expressions found in the lines of three main characters were metaphor, parallelism, hyperbole, antithesis, quotation, and contrast. The text analysis results point to correlations between the characteristics of each character and rhetoric and indicate that the uses of rhetoric reflected the ideas, ideologies, personalities, and other characteristics of characters.

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