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The Meaning of Duplicity of Protagonist group in <Nanhakmong(鸞鶴夢)>

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2012, (25), pp.117-148
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Published : May 31, 2012

LEE, JEE HA 1

1경북대학교

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ABSTRACT

<Nanhakmong(鸞鶴夢)> is a long novel written in Chinese letters by Jeong, Tae-un in late 19th century. It exposes duplicity in many sides such as the figuration of character, the process of contents,author's consciousness etc. For that reason this stady aims to examine the aspect and the meaning of duplicity focused on the protagonist group. Heroines of this novel are figured as a very progressive character more than heroes. However they can not maintain consistency and they change their character to passive way because of author's stand based on filial piety. Heroes are symbolized as a dutiful son and a royal retainer. However they shows incompetent behavior in face of danger. Another main character, Hyungsandosa who gives much help and has an influence on hero's family intervenes in the common world in spite of being an unworldly priest and he insists on confucian ideas in spite of being a Taoist. Above duplicities are caused by following reasons. First, there is discordance between author's purpose emphasizing confucian ideas and the figuration of Character based on realism. Second, author's duplicate desire influences on a view of the world and a political view, so he makes characters who are conflicting between reality and unreality, secularism and unworldliness, an ideology and a fact. Third, this novel exposes lack of harmony caused by technical immature although author tries to make a new style novel by borrowing customs of Korean classical long novels. This duplicity is regarded as a negative element but on the other hand it makes possible understanding the complicated meaning of this novel in the connection of author, period and novel genre.

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