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The gasa of grief and grief at the loss of one's husband, <Myungdojatansa>

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2022, (50), pp.93-118
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : July 22, 2022
  • Accepted : August 16, 2022
  • Published : August 31, 2022

Park eun bin 1

1전남대학교

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ABSTRACT

The <Myungdojatansa> is a gasa, which is inherited with haengjang(行狀) that eulogize Ms. Namwon Yoon’s chastity, And it is known and researched as the literature of virtuous woman over the time. However, in the matter of <Myungdojatansa>, regarding Ms. Yoon as a virtuous woman is not a good perspective. <Myungdojatansa> was written with her thought and emotion without restraint. It’s hard to find the obedient woman who chose her death in extensive pressure in her era. Therefore, delineating Ms. Yoon as woman who had no choice but to choose her death by her Confucian ideology is not reasonable. Furthermore, interpreting her behavior as the intent attitude to keep her chastity based on Confucian ideals is an inadequate perspective. In <Myungdojatansa>, the narrator her expresses every feeling without reserve, but she showed no will to keep, her chastity. To elucidate <Myungdojatansa>, it should be interpreted by itself, not shed light on descents' Confucian ideals. The <Myungdojatansa> should be explicated gasa itself, without any Confucian background of chastity. Sympathizing the groan and bereavement in <Myungdojatansa>, the reason of Ms. Yoon’s death is transparent. Ms. Yoon did not choose her death to keep her chastity or by the pressure of historical background. As Ms. Yoon felt limitless sorrow and loss, she took her life after her husband passed away. Ms. Yoon’s death is not a self-immolation for her chastity, Ms. Yoon took a suicide which she chose after her husband death.

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