Student Finds Wife for Teacher

Student Finds Wife for Teacher

Headword

훈장 장가보낸 학동 ( Student Finds Wife for Teacher )

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Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer NoYounggeun(盧暎根)

This tale narrates the story of a student who uses his wit to arrange a marriage between his teacher and a widow.

A student asked his teacher at the village school who lived alone if he liked a widow in the village. When the teacher said he did, the student visited the widow for three evenings and asked where his teacher was. When he visited for the fourth time, the widow got angry and while they were quarreling, the teacher sneaked into the widow’s room. The student insisted that he had to check if his teacher was here, and the two walked into the room to find the teacher inside. The widow asked the student not to mention this and made him rice cake, which the student sent around the entire village, saying it was a gift to celebrate his teacher’s wedding. With the rumor spread across the village, the widow had no choice but to marry the teacher.

In some variations, a son helps his father get married; or a farmhand helps a bachelor get married; or the master’s son helps a farmhand get married. Many different tricks are introduced in the various versions, including locking up the widow and the teacher in a room; exaggerating the size of the teacher’s genitals to provoke the widow; and various other ways to create misunderstanding.

The narrative takes the structure of a trickster tale, with added interest due to its clear departure from social norms. In other words, the relationship between the teacher and the student is reversed, and the teacher marrying a widow is also unconventional. The events created by the student, who is the youngest and the least educated among the characters, underline the theme of liberation from the world of ideas and the restoration of humanity.

Student Finds Wife for Teacher

Student Finds Wife for Teacher
Headword

훈장 장가보낸 학동 ( Student Finds Wife for Teacher )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer NoYounggeun(盧暎根)

This tale narrates the story of a student who uses his wit to arrange a marriage between his teacher and a widow.

A student asked his teacher at the village school who lived alone if he liked a widow in the village. When the teacher said he did, the student visited the widow for three evenings and asked where his teacher was. When he visited for the fourth time, the widow got angry and while they were quarreling, the teacher sneaked into the widow’s room. The student insisted that he had to check if his teacher was here, and the two walked into the room to find the teacher inside. The widow asked the student not to mention this and made him rice cake, which the student sent around the entire village, saying it was a gift to celebrate his teacher’s wedding. With the rumor spread across the village, the widow had no choice but to marry the teacher.

In some variations, a son helps his father get married; or a farmhand helps a bachelor get married; or the master’s son helps a farmhand get married. Many different tricks are introduced in the various versions, including locking up the widow and the teacher in a room; exaggerating the size of the teacher’s genitals to provoke the widow; and various other ways to create misunderstanding.

The narrative takes the structure of a trickster tale, with added interest due to its clear departure from social norms. In other words, the relationship between the teacher and the student is reversed, and the teacher marrying a widow is also unconventional. The events created by the student, who is the youngest and the least educated among the characters, underline the theme of liberation from the world of ideas and the restoration of humanity.