Lady Hyegyong Memoirs of 1802

Lady Hyegyong Memoirs of 1802 - Kimberly Zhang The Memoirs...

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Kimberly Zhang The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong Reading Lady Hyegyong’s Confucian relations 1. Lady Hyegyong’s reasons for writing memoir a. Son, father, brother died in quick succession b. Wants grandson to “avenge [her] suffering and bitterness” c. Wants to record events as they occurred so that grandson will know of them sufficiently 2. Lady Hyegyong’s rejection of viewpoints for and against Sado’s death a. Couldn’t accept either argument because both would have been anti-Confucian (one anti-husband, the other anti-father-in-law and anti-king) b. Argued Yongjo was right because Sado was insane and not himself (and therefore not guilty) c. Saying Sado was guilty of wrongdoing also would delegitimize Chongjo’s claim to throne 3. Lady Hyegyong’s failure in the Confucian virtues a. Husband cruelly murdered, father died prematurely from grief, lost her son before she died, suicide attempt led to brother’s execution b. “Thus I have become one who failed in loyalty (to my husband), affection (to my
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