Daughter-in-Law Who Tamed Her Mother-in-Law

Daughter-in-Law Who Tamed Her Mother-in-Law

Headword

시어머니 길들인 며느리 ( Daughter-in-Law Who Tamed Her Mother-in-Law )

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Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer NoYounggeun(盧暎根)

This tale narrates the story of a daughter-in-law who dominates her harsh mother-in-law by using violence.

There lived in a village a harsh mother-in-law who kept chasing away her daughter-in-laws, one after another. When a new marriage was being arranged for her son, a maiden from a poor family in the village persuaded her parents and became the new daughter-in-law. She did as she was told at first and everyone thought she was discreet and obedient. But when the husband and father-in- law were out at work, the mother-in-law would harass the daughter-in-law, and she in turn tied up her mother-in-law to a large mortar and beat her. When the men returned from work, the mother- in-law, disheveled and upset, tried to explain what had happened. But her husband and son would not listen, thinking that she had gone insane. And when they left for work again, the daughter-in-law assaulted her again. When nobody would believe her, the mother-in-law gave up and begged her daughter-in-law to stop beating her. The mother- in-law had now become tame, and the daughter-in- law took good care of her, and the family became harmonious.

In some variations of the story, the daughter- in-law dominates the mother-in-law without force but with knowledge and logic. The narrative reflects the desire of women to acquire their rightful status within the family.

Daughter-in-Law Who Tamed Her Mother-in-Law

Daughter-in-Law Who Tamed Her Mother-in-Law
Headword

시어머니 길들인 며느리 ( Daughter-in-Law Who Tamed Her Mother-in-Law )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer NoYounggeun(盧暎根)

This tale narrates the story of a daughter-in-law who dominates her harsh mother-in-law by using violence.

There lived in a village a harsh mother-in-law who kept chasing away her daughter-in-laws, one after another. When a new marriage was being arranged for her son, a maiden from a poor family in the village persuaded her parents and became the new daughter-in-law. She did as she was told at first and everyone thought she was discreet and obedient. But when the husband and father-in- law were out at work, the mother-in-law would harass the daughter-in-law, and she in turn tied up her mother-in-law to a large mortar and beat her. When the men returned from work, the mother- in-law, disheveled and upset, tried to explain what had happened. But her husband and son would not listen, thinking that she had gone insane. And when they left for work again, the daughter-in-law assaulted her again. When nobody would believe her, the mother-in-law gave up and begged her daughter-in-law to stop beating her. The mother- in-law had now become tame, and the daughter-in- law took good care of her, and the family became harmonious.

In some variations of the story, the daughter- in-law dominates the mother-in-law without force but with knowledge and logic. The narrative reflects the desire of women to acquire their rightful status within the family.