『それから』연구-代助의 結婚問題를 중심으로
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Natume Souseki(1867-1916, hereafter Souseki) represented conflicts due to love and money in human life, which was much admired by readers. Among his works,『Sorekara』represented human conflicts very well and was published serially from June 27, to October 14, 1909 in the 『Asahi Newspaper』in Tokyo and Osaka.
When『Sorekara』was examined centering on Daisuke's marriage, two questions were presented: The first was why Daisuke delayed his arranged marriage for three years. He tried to delay it as much as he possibly could although he said he could marry as there was no harm in it as his father recommended. So, this study is to specifically speculate on the reasons why he delayed the marriage. The second question is why he decided to continue his relationship with Michiyo, Hiraoka's wife while denying the arranged marriage with Sagawa. This study suggested that he had desired to marry Michiyo, not Sagawa because he followed his own ideas.
In speculating on『Sorekara』-Centering on Daisuke's marriage-, the personality of the character named Daisuke, his marriage and changes in his views on work were analysed.
First, he was an idealist derived from the idle intelligentsia as he was trained by his father. Second, the issue of Diasuke's marriage was divided into causal effects between Daisuke's views on marriage and arranged marriage, and his recovery to nature. Of the two, his views on marriage as an idealist were speculated on centering on analysis of the personality of the character. In respect to Diasuke as a scapegoat for the arranged marriage, what sacrifices his family wanted him to make were analysed. Third, for Daisuke's recovery to nature, what influence did Michiyo, who was naturally selected by Daisuke, have on his marriage through their past and present, and his feelings before and after he selected Michiyo were examined. Finally, changes in his views on work before and after he decided to select Michiyo were investigated.
To sum up the results above: First, Daisuke has lived as an idle intelligentsia based on his father's financial power, which kept him out of touch with reality and had an influence on his ideals. He criticized and was negative about Japanese society while living as an idle intelligentsia and he had an attitude of nil admirari as he felt useless as he practiced what he was taught by his father.
Second, the geisha theory as one of his views on marriage criticized urban people who considered arranged marriage or divorce as easy and includes his mind to marry for love.
Third, his family did not respect Daisuke's personality and tried to gain short-term interest through the arranged marriage.
Fourth, his recovery to nature means that he gave up his life as an idle intelligentsia and decided to marry Michiyo while confirming Michiyo's never-ending love through reunion of the Hiraoka couple although he tried to live as an idle intelligentsia.
Fifth, Daisuke realized that his affluent life was replaced by a life where people have to work hard to get food and money as he selected Michiyo. When he left his home to get a job in the final scene, it became a real opportunity for him to grow up to be an adult and join society.
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