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Literary Analysis

Hey everyone.

I've decided to do an extra post on some possible symbols I've noticed throughout the story that you may or may not have picked up on as well. I've been trying to preserve as may of the original metaphors, connotation and symbols as I could from the original without compromising meaning.

Gashiyeon, unlike many other fanfictions, is written at a very sophisticated level of writing in terms of literary features, context, language and style. I believe that reading with attention to the themes or symbols mentioned underneath will help enrich the text and understanding of both the story and intent of the author.

The list below are some of the examples I can think of off the top of my head. It is not an exhaustive list.

  • The sun: Purity/ The Ordinary
    • Jaejoong is weak to sunlight
  • Food/Hunger: Emotional Satisfaction
    • Jaejoong is hungry as Suh-Hee will be coming back
    • He feels sick due to feeling of hunger at Yunho's confession that he still does love him- is looking for love
  • Wisdom Teeth: Love
    • In Korean, wisdom teeth are called, literally translated, "Love teeth." This name stems from the fact that they appear when one is old enough to have known and experienced love.
    • Jaejoong states that his wisdom teeth were malformed
  • Semen: Sexual Satisfaction
  • Sex as a substitute for Love
    • Yunho has sex with Suh-Hee as he tries to get to love her in an attempt to forget Jaejoong
    • Jaejoong keeps seeking sex with Yunho when he gets rejected in the beginning
    • Jaejoong refers to semen (sexual satisfaction) as he watches Yunho and Suh-Hee have sex as being "bittter" because he has doubts as to whether or not Yunho is actually thinking of him or not as he is with her. Jaejoong seeks his love. Whereas he refers to the gruel (food as emotional satisfaction) that Suh-Hee made for him earlier in the day as being "rich" along with the comment that he can feel that her feelings of concern for him are sincere. Even though he doesn't like her necessarily, he is satisfied by her love.
  • Contradiction and Contrast as a factor in attraction and destruction
    • Jaejoong and Yunho's violent love hate relationiship
    • Jaejoong's description of himself as being full of contrast (white skin, black hair, etc)
    • Attraction that leads to dissolution of relationships, personal destruction



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 14th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
Thanks to the literature subject I've studied in school previously, I was able to interpret these from the story, haha!

Your list is awesome, thanks for the effort~! <3 ^^
Nov. 14th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for this.
Now I can see why this fic is that popular, besides a quite heavy plot and smuts.
What a pity that I don't know Korean to read the original.
Jan. 10th, 2011 07:32 am (UTC)
Dude, I've always wondered why they called it 사랑니... no wonder! I love this list and it's really interesting how this kinda puts Jaejoong in a more clear light--his love is very twisted, ravenous, and destructive. It makes the story all the more powerful? Haha sometimes I'm concentrating so hard on understanding the Korean & checking up vocab (-________-v so annoying...) that the big themes kinda pass me by. Love this. ♥ :)
Jan. 18th, 2011 06:12 am (UTC)
ahaha. do you study korean? im really impressed that you can read such a high level story if its not your first language! For me I learned both english and korean at the same time so they're kind of both my first language. thanks for loving the fic!
May. 22nd, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
I read this part of the story because I saw this lit. analysis and I thought it would be worth reading. Thanks for posting!
Sep. 4th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
thank you!
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