A Research on Implication of "failure" implied in the narrative of Tale, The Debts Have Been Repaid at the Hell>

Son Y.

Journal of Literary Therapy , vol.47, pp.199-224, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Name: Journal of Literary Therapy
  • Page Numbers: pp.199-224
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this research is to examine the meaning of the story of "The Debts have been Repaid at the Hell", which is known as a story characterized simple witticism or fraud. We focus on the analysis of the loser who paid back money that was lost, and we thoroughly examine why he failed to accept the money regardless of whether he believed in the hollow afterworld. Therefore, the major conflict of the narrative is defined as a defeat of the invisible principle of life's visual reality logic, which is the principle of behavior demonstrated by an individual who is known as a person who eats money. As a result, the person who receives a good money has devastated the environment of his inner life by pursuing a visible reality logic. And the person who fails to pay money, brings a person to his life through 'the story of afterlife'. It is understood that he advises him to look back. In this respect, the story of "the debts have been repaid at the hell" reflect human limitations that are easy to overlook and invisible values ​​that are biased by realistic and reasonable values. We can understand that this story led to a small failure, a small loss, and a way of enriching the back of life, and life as a whole. This narrative goes beyond the meaning of simple trivial competition and demonstrates a precious understanding of the principles of human life. Therefore this research has significance because it reaffirms the story.