Research on the Semiotic Analysis of Father Characters' Paternity in Korean Films

한국 영화에 나타난 아버지 캐릭터의 부성성에 대한 기호학적 연구

  • 이윤석 (홍익대학교 영상대학원) ;
  • 김슬기 (홍익대학교 일반대학원 메타디자인학부)
  • Received : 2010.12.13
  • Accepted : 2011.02.09
  • Published : 2011.02.28


In the history, 'father' has been described as a being who not only take care of the family but also represents the family socially and supports them. Like the Western patriarchal tradition prevalent in the 19th century, fathers in Korean society also bear patriarchal paternity based on Korean traditional Confucian culture. In such a unique family culture of Korea, Korean fathers hold the patriarchal male centered idea and regard it as the roles of man and father to be responsible for the family's living and safety and to be more rational than emotional and more blunt than gentle. Social ideology for this image of father is expressed in media, and an example is the patriarchal image of father in TV dramas and movies. In order to analyze the image of Korean fathers described in films, this study selected two films and examined the semiological meanings of fathers' roles expressed in the films using Metz's syntagmatic and paradigmatic analysis method. The films chosen for case study are 'Fly Daddy', 'The Show Must Go On', and 'Speed Scandal'. These films are good examples demonstrating that Korean patriarchal paternity and its background traditional ideology are projected on media.




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