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A study on Social Network and Messages Related to Marriage by Force (勒婚) - Focusing on Sohyeonseongrok, Yussisamdaelok, and Seonghyeongongsukryeolgi

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2015, (32), pp.195-216
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Published : November 30, 2015

JooYoung Lee 1

1서원대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

One of major events included in three‐generation stories is marriage to a princess by force. This study compared the process of such marriages in Sohyeonseongrok, Yussisamdaelok, and Seonghyeongongsukryeolgi, and found both similarities and differences. They were similar in that the son‐in‐law (駙馬) and the princess (公主) did not live in harmony for a while after marriage but the process of solving the problem was different among the stories. The difference arose not only from the personal characteristics of the son‐in‐law and the princess but also from the different aiming point of each story. Thus, this study explored the significance of differences in marriage by force in connection to the characters, episodes, expressions, etc. The three works are different from one another in the degree of rejecting or embracing family members who did wrong. This difference is believed to come from the different situations of each family in the social network. That is, each story set up differently the presence of the patriarch (家父長), family members’ faults, distance from the royal family (王室), conflict inside the royal family, network with people around the family, etc., and marriage to a princess by force is also considered a product of a particular social network. The messages emphasized by the three stories are also different. In addition, characters’ utterances exchanged in the process of the marriage by force show such differences. These characteristic phenomena in expression are believed to reflect the family members’ hope and effort to maintain the status of the family in the social network. That is, if families are different in status, their messages are also expressed in different ways.

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