Beanie level: Entertainer-in-training

Kim Ji-hoon “Flower of Evil”
I really miss him and I wish they’d give him more to do.
Love the mane of glory. Why isn’t he in a sageuk?

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    I actually forgot that they cast him in this, too 🧐🧐 But also because it happened so late into the casting process/news

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    This mane in a sageuk…. sign me up

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    Speaking of sageuks my first Kim Ji-hoon drama was the excellent JOSEON X-FILES: SECRET BOOK (2010) and recently I saw him in the film THE AGE OF BLOOD (2017) with Jung Hae-in which is available subbed at Viki.
    His FOE role is starting to expand. I enjoyed him in episode 10.

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      He saved that movie for me. He’s much more experienced in sageuks than JHE.
      He was a young king in the “Iron Empress.”
      I thought he was dead but it’s good to see that he made it. His parents are something else.

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        Re:
        Line 1. I thought JHI gave a fine performance but his facial hair did not work for me, just too young. Lol.
        Line 2. 78 episodes. Bravo!
        Line 3. So far KJH’s character in FOE seems like a ‘good’ guy unlike mom/dad. I thought there might be a mashup of CAHM where Nam Shin (SKJ-anti nice guy from WEATHER) came back just as nasty. I hope KJH continues as a good guy.

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK: Eps 16 (Our last Once upon a time) “Finding the Real Face.”(Written by Ko Moon-young and illustrated  by Moon Sang-tae).
I want to keep this on my wall and I am very grateful to AzureBlueSky2020
@azuresky2020 for compiling all 4 parts and sharing it on twitter 🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️…
https://twitter.com/azuresky2020/status/1292505678007820288

PART 1.

Once upon a time, in a castle deep in the forest, there lived three people whose faces were stolen by the Shadow Witch. The boy wore a mask with an awkward smile. Then there was the princess who was loud but all empty inside, and there was also a man who was trapped inside a box. They could not make any facial expressions because their faces were stolen from them. They had no way of understanding each other’s feelings, so they always misunderstood one another and fought.

The Box Man spoke, “If we want to stop fighting and find happiness, we must retrieve our stolen faces.” So they hopped onto their camping car and began their journey to find their faces.
One day, they ran into a mother fox who was bawling, curled up on the snow. The Masked Boy asked the mother fox, “Ma’am why do you keep crying?”  ” I came out to find food but dropped my baby whom I was carrying on my back somewhere in the snow.” The mother fox’s tears had run dry. She wailed while beating her chest. When the Masked Boy saw that, warmed tears started gushing from his eyes. Then the snow began to melt quickly and the baby fox who was frozen under the snow soon appeared. 

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK: Eps 16  “Finding the Real Face” 

PART 2

The three resumed their journey. Soon, they ran into a clown who was dancing naked in a field of thorny flowers.
The Empty Can Princess asked, “Why are you dancing with all your might, knowing you’ll be pricked by the thorns?”
I feel this is the only way to make people look at me,” he answered. Then the Empty Can Princess walked into the field of thorny flowers and started dancing with the clown. “I am an empty can so, I won’t be hurt even if I get pricked by the thorns.”
When she began hopping and dancing, loud clanking noises echoed from her empty torso. And upon hearing those sounds, people began to flock to where they were. The crowd watched their dance and applauded them.

They began a new journey to find their new faces, but the evil Shadow Witch appeared in front of them again. She kidnapped the Masked Boy who shed tears on behalf of the mother fox as well as the Empty Can Princess who danced with the clown.
“Two of you will never be able to find your happy faces!” After placing such a curse on them, she locked them in a deep, dark mole tunnel.

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK : Eps 16 “Finding the Real Face.”

Part 3

The Box Man found the mole tunnel a few days later, but the entrance was so narrow that he could not go in.
“What do I do? I need to take this box off my head to get into the tunnel.”
That moment the Masked Boy’s voice reached him from inside the tunnel. “Mister, don’t worry about us. Just run far away. That Shadow Witch will return soon!”
However, the Box Man mustered up the courage to take the box off his head. Then he went inside the tunnel and saved the Masked Boy and the Empty Can Princess.

Upon getting out of the dark tunnel, they saw the man’s face covered with dirt and grime instead of the box and burst out laughing. They laughed and giggled. While laughing uncontrollably, the Masked Boy’s mask fell off, and the can surrounding the Empty Can Princess’ torso fell off with a loud clunk.

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK: Eps 16 (Our last Once upon a time) “Finding the Real Face”
(compiled by AzureBlueSky2020)

Part 4.

The Box Man, now out of his box, said this when he saw the two of them finding their real faces while laughing.
“I’m happy.”
What the Shadow Witch had stolen from them was not their real faces, but their courage to find happiness.

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    I wish I read this as a child. I am about to have a nephew soon and I sure am going to tell him these stories when he grows up. Wish I could buy the books but these are written in Hangul so there’s no point in gifting them.

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK: (final episode) “Finding The Real Face.”

Saranghae!!!

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK eps 5 “The Brothers”
This is the hanja for “saram” or “people”. It is what Dr Oh was explaining. Each individual person is weak, so we lean on each other, just like each stroke on this word.
(shared by ᴋɪʀᴀɴɪɴɢ❧@doramaticbites)

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Disney to release Mulan online Sept. 4 on Disney Plus, for $30 in US.

It’ll cost roughly the same amount in other select countries, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a number of countries in Western Europe.

https://www.cnet.com/news/disney-mulan-release-date-online-disney-plus-sept-4-30-dollars-us/

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    $30??? Really???

    I guess that’s how much taking a family to the theaters would be but what if you wanted to watch it alone lol

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      $30 is a lot! I’ve never paid that much for a movie in my life, including popcorn and a good seat. I’m not sure I understand their marketing strategy tbh. If I were an existing user I’d be annoyed.

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        The cost to make Mulan was around 200 million. Just adding it to the existing subscriptions won’t make it’s budget back. It’s brand new and instead of sharing profit with the theaters it goes into Disney’s pocket.
        I’m guessing it’ll be in the theaters in South Korea. Most of the Disney movies do well in Korea.

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      My family loves going to the movies so this is way less than what we would spend to watch one movie. I understand that it’s too much for just one person though.
      When one works for Disney, the whole family gets a lot of freebies. We go to every Disneyland park for free (except Shanghai), we get Disney + for free, we get 40% discount for any Disney merchandise, we take our friends to any Disneyland for free etc….I’m very very grateful!
      It’s about time we pay $30 and I’ll gladly pay beside I’ve been looking forward to Mulan for a long time.

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    Wow 😳
    No, thanks…

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    Ive been looking forward to Mulan for SUCH a long time butnIm not giving them 30 bucks on top of my subscription. Itll be on disney+ eventually. I can wait.

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SPOILER

IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK eps 14: “The Hand, The Monkfish.”
Sang-tae oppa and Moon-young ❤️😂.

ST- I’ll feed you ok? You are not feeling well today, so it’s ok to be fed like a baby (heh)…
MY- I’m sorry. I’m really sorry. Forgive me…
ST- Ok I’ll forgive you if you eat this. (Moon-young eats) Yes! Good girl.
Look at you. You seems to like it. My gosh you are such a good girl…
Moon-young, you are such a good girl. Here, good job!
Don’t fight with Kang-tae. A kiss is better than a fight..
ST- Don’t cry (wipes her tears with his sleeves). I guess you are feeling very ill Moon-young.
MY-I’m so sorry Sang-tae.
ST- Just two … two more spoon.
Good girl.

(These two has the most heartfelt and heartwarming conversations in this drama (had to skip some in this convo to make it shorter).
I just love this family of 3 and if anyone tries to break them apart, I’m going to fight them with my handsome pen ☠️.
Sang-tae oppa didn’t just feed her with delicious food but he fed her with positive encouragements. I want a big brother like Sang-tae too.
When he said two more spoonful, if felt like Mary Poppins was somewhere in the house singing “Spoon full of Sugar” 😃. Now I can’t get it out off my head).

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    I’m so far behind…

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      It’s ok to be far behind as long as you get to finish it :).

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    This was a beautiful scene. His gentleness and kindness (and the comfort food) was healing. Human warmth and support is so eloquent in this drama.

    Also I can’t say too much about Oh Jung-se’s acting. Have you noticed his hands – so expressive. His detailing is mind blowing.

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      LIKE I AM OBSESSED!!!!
      He has PERFECTED the Autism Spectrum Disorder behaviors so well… if this was my first time seeing him onscreen, I’d BELIEVE he’s on the spectrum!
      As a psychology student, this HITS the sweetspot.

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        I saw an interview with him when When the Camellia Blooms was filming and he says he pays attention to the smallest details to get the character right, like missing the loop on his belt. He also sometimes finds himself rehearsing scenes that have already been shot. He seems so humble too. Have you seen him in Hot Stove League? He’s totally different (and shows many shades of his character there too.)

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      One of the best interpretations of ASD done by an actor. OJS deserves this year’s Baeksang award.

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      “Have you noticed his hands – so expressive.”

      Yes, I have. He’s doing such a great job.

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK eps 13: “THE TALE OF TWO SISTERS”

A JOSEON ERA FOLK TALE

JANGHWA HONGRYEON, The Legend Behind “A TALE OF TWO SISTERS”

Introduction

Once upon a time, there was a man named Muryong whose wife had a dream where an angel gave her a beautiful flower. Nine months later, she gave birth to a pretty baby girl, who the couple named “Janghwa” (“Rose Flower”). Two years later, they had another pretty girl and named her “Hongryeon” (“Red Lotus”). Unfortunately, the mother died when Hongryeon was 5 years old; and soon thereafter, the father remarried to continue his line. The new stepmother was both ugly and cruel. She hated her stepdaughters, but hid those feelings, only to reveal them once she had three sons in a row, which gave her a good deal of power, and she abused the girls in every possible way. But Janghwa and Hongryeon never told their father about any of it.

Conflict

When Janghwa came of age and got engaged, Father told his second wife to help Janghwa plan a wedding ceremony. Stepmother became angry, not wanting to spend a penny of “her family’s money” or “her sons’ future fortune” on Janghwa. So she came up with a dirty plan: One night when Janghwa was sleeping, Stepmother had her eldest son put a dead skinned rat in Janghwa’s bed. Early the next morning, she brought Father to Janghwa’s room, telling him she’d had a bad dream about her elder stepdaughter. When she pulled back the covers on Janghwa’s bed, something that looked like a very bloody miscarriage shocked everybody in the room. Stepmother accused Janghwa of unchaste behavior, having an out-of-wedlock child. Father believed this. Janghwa did not know what to do so she ran out of the house to a small pond in the nearby woods. Stepmother ordered her eldest son to follow Janghwa and push her into the pond. As Janghwa drowned, suddenly came a huge tiger who attacked Stepmother’s eldest son, taking one leg and one arm from him.

Stepmother got what she wanted–Janghwa’s death–but at the cost of her own son’s health. She turned her anger upon Hongryeon, hating and abusing this remaining stepdaughter more than ever. Unable to bear this treatment on top of the loss of her beloved sister, Hongryeon soon followed Janghwa; her body was found in the same pond in which Janghwa had drowned.

After that, whenever a new mayor came to the village, he was found dead a day after his arrival. As this kept happening, mysterious rumors spread through the village, but no one knew for sure what had happened to the men or for what reason.

Resolution

A brave young man came to the village as a new mayor. He was aware of the deaths of predecessors, but he was not afraid for his own life. When night came, he was sitting in his room when his candle was suddenly blown out and gruesome noises filled the air. The door opened to reveal no one, at first, but then the new mayor saw two young female ghosts. He asked them who they were and why they had killed the previous mayors. Weeping, the elder sister explained that all they wanted was to let people know the truth: the elder girl had not been an unchaste girl who committed suicide in shame. She had been framed by her stepmother and murdered by her eldest half-brother. The mayor asked the ghost of Janghwa for any evidence of this. Janghwa told him to examine the miscarried fetus that Stepmother had shown to the villagers.

Conclusion

The next morning, the new mayor did what the sisters’ ghosts had asked him to do. He summoned Father, Stepmother, and the eldest son and examined the fetus that Stepmother insisted had come from Janghwa’s body. When he split it with a knife, it was revealed to be a rat. Stepmother and her eldest son were sentenced to death. Father, however, was set free because the mayor thought Father had known nothing of Stepmother’s evil plan and in fact was just another victim.

Years later, Father married again. On the night of his third wedding, he saw his two daughters in a dream. They said that since things were as they should be, they wanted to come back to him. Nine months later, Father’s third wife delivered twin girls. Father named these twins “Janghwa” and “Hongryeon” and loved them very much. The new family lived happily ever after.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janghwa_Hongryeon_jeon

A TALE OF TWO SISTERS ( a psychological horror drama film 2003) by Kim Jee-woon.

Plot

A teenage girl, Su-mi (Im Soo-jung), is being treated for shock and psychosis in a mental institution. She is released and returns home to her family’s secluded estate in the countryside with her father (Kim Kap-soo) and younger sister Su-yeon (Moon Geun-young), whom she is protective over. The sisters have a cold reunion with their stepmother, Eun-joo (Yum Jung-ah).

Su-mi has a nightmare of her late mother’s ghost. The next day, she finds family photos which reveal that Eun-joo was formerly an in-home nurse for her then-terminally ill mother. She discovers bruises on her sister’s arms and angrily confronts Eun-joo about the abuse. That night, their uncle and his wife arrive for dinner and Eun-joo tells bizarre stories that bewilder them. The uncle’s wife suffers a violent seizure and tells her husband that she saw the ghost of a young girl beneath the kitchen sink. When Eun-joo is in the kitchen alone, a ghost girl is seen watching her in the background.

After finding her pet bird dead and seeing defaced photos of herself, Eun-joo locks Su-yeon in the closet. Su-mi releases her hysterical sister and is confronted by their father, who begs her to stop acting out. She retorts that he is blind to Eun-joo’s abuse against Su-yeon. Her father tells her that Su-yeon is dead but Su-mi refuses to believe it.

The next morning, Eun-joo drags a bloodied sack through the house, whipping it. Su-mi believes that Su-yeon is inside the sack and she and Eun-joo and Su-mi get into a violent physical altercation. Su-mi’s father arrives to find an injured Su-mi unconscious.

It is ultimately revealed that Su-mi and her father were alone in the house the entire time. Su-yeon and Eun-joo were merely hallucinatory manifestations of Su-mi’s dissociative identity disorder. Throughout the film, Su-mi simultaneously switched personalities, acting as herself and Eun-joo. She hallucinated Su-yeon as a result of not being able to accept her death. In her “Eun-joo” mode, Su-mi imagined scenarios where she impersonates Eun-joo “abusing Su-yeon” but in reality injures herself to act out these situations. The bloodied sack simply contains a porcelain doll.

The father and the real Eun-joo, a much different woman from the imaginary version, send Su-mi back to the mental institution. That night, Eun-joo hears footsteps in Su-yeon’s old bedroom. Simultaneously, Su-mi hears a mysterious whistling and recognizes it as Su-yeon – this contrasts her delusion of Su-yeon, who was unable to whistle, thereby confirming that the one who whistled is the real ghost of Su-yeon. Su-yeon’s real ghost crawls out of the closet and kills Eun-joo, finally getting her revenge. Su-mi smiles, appearing to have finally found peace.

Flashbacks reveal the day that led Su-mi to be institutionalized. Her father and Eun-joo, who was still the nurse of their mother at the time, arrive home, announcing their engagement. This upsets the sisters and Su-yeon discovers that their mother hanged herself in Su-yeon’s closet, depressed by the news. She attempts to revive her mother, causing the closet to collapse on top of her and slowly crush her to death. Eun-joo walks in and is about to save Su-yeon but encounters Su-mi, who engages in a heated confrontation with her. Angry at Su-mi’s insults, Eun-joo decides to leave Su-yeon to die and tells Su-mi that she’ll “regret this moment.” Su-mi leaves the house, unaware of both her sister and her mother’s conditions.

Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YmCIp4qlGg&list=PLcGoUMssSuQ62iqYmXe_aPJJhUH-BqBtY

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    This really put my perspective together for what is to come in next week’s episodes. Now I shall go and dream nice things related to IOTNBO. Thanks a lot dear for your posts about all he fairy tales/episode themes.

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    A Tale of Two Sisters is such a haunting film. I always get chills at the moment when the real stepmother is shown and we see that Sumi has been been pretty much alone the whole time. It is both a frightening and deeply sad story.

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      I’m not into horror films but the Koreans are so good at making them.

      I post it because I’m not sure if the writer is going with the original tale or the story from the movie since the titles are different.

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        Yes, I call this a horror film with depth and emotional weight. There was a English-language remake of the film, but it doesn’t compare.

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    @kiara. May I ask how you know what the theme of the episodes will be? Are you checking the drama network’s site? Thanks!

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    I’ve always wanted to watch the movie but i’m too scared!

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      It does have frightening moments–and two particularly spine-tingling scenes–but I think that it is more sad than anything else.

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    This film is really good.

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK eps 12: “ROMEO and JULIET”
Every one is happy,happy happy? Buckle up because Shakespeare is here to shake things up.

Romeo and Juliet Summary

An age-old vendetta between two powerful families erupts into bloodshed. A group of masked Montagues risk further conflict by gatecrashing a Capulet party. A young lovesick Romeo Montague falls instantly in love with Juliet Capulet, who is due to marry her father’s choice, the County Paris. With the help of Juliet’s nurse, the women arrange for the couple to marry the next day, but Romeo’s attempt to halt a street fight leads to the death of Juliet’s own cousin, Tybalt, for which Romeo is banished. In a desperate attempt to be reunited with Romeo, Juliet follows the Friar’s plot and fakes her own death. The message fails to reach Romeo, and believing Juliet dead, he takes his life in her tomb. Juliet wakes to find Romeo’s corpse beside her and kills herself. The grieving family agree to end their feud.

https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/shakespedia/shakespeares-plays/romeo-and-juliet/?gclid=CjwKCAjwsO_4BRBBEiwAyagRTYRByQ9OTCIsOmvDK-PWI-Rc-BWhge1wBa9OroFF58LPoMEwRgXV9hoCWMEQAvD_BwE

Character analysis: Romeo and Juliet
https://www.bl.uk/shakespeare/articles/character-analysis-romeo-and-juliet

Themes in Romeo and Juliet with Examples and Analysis
https://literarydevices.net/romeo-and-juliet-themes/

Romeo and Juliet: Analysis by Act and Scene
http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/romeoandjuliet/romeohudsonaction.html

Criticism and interpretation

Critical history

The earliest known critic of the play was diarist Samuel Pepys, who wrote in 1662: “it is a play of itself the worst that I ever heard in my life.”Poet John Dryden wrote 10 years later in praise of the play and its comic character Mercutio: “Shakespear show’d the best of his skill in his Mercutio, and he said himself, that he was forc’d to kill him in the third Act, to prevent being killed by him.” Criticism of the play in the 18th century was less sparse but no less divided. Publisher Nicholas Rowe was the first critic to ponder the theme of the play, which he saw as the just punishment of the two feuding families. In mid-century, writer Charles Gildon and philosopher Lord Kames argued that the play was a failure in that it did not follow the classical rules of drama: the tragedy must occur because of some character flaw, not an accident of fate. Writer and critic Samuel Johnson, however, considered it one of Shakespeare’s “most pleasing” plays.

In the later part of the 18th and through the 19th century, criticism centred on debates over the moral message of the play. Actor and playwright David Garrick’s 1748 adaptation excluded Rosaline: Romeo abandoning her for Juliet was seen as fickle and reckless. Critics such as Charles Dibdin argued that Rosaline had been purposely included in the play to show how reckless the hero was and that this was the reason for his tragic end. Others argued that Friar Laurence might be Shakespeare’s spokesman in his warnings against undue haste. With the advent of the 20th century, these moral arguments were disputed by critics such as Richard Green Moulton: he argued that accident, and not some character flaw, led to the lovers’ deaths.

Dramatic structure

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare employs several dramatic techniques that have garnered praise from critics; most notably the abrupt shifts from comedy to tragedy (an example is the punning exchange between Benvolio and Mercutio just before Tybalt arrives). Before Mercutio’s death in Act three, the play is largely a comedy.After his accidental demise, the play suddenly becomes serious and takes on a tragic tone. When Romeo is banished, rather than executed, and Friar Laurence offers Juliet a plan to reunite her with Romeo, the audience can still hope that all will end well. They are in a “breathless state of suspense” by the opening of the last scene in the tomb: If Romeo is delayed long enough for the Friar to arrive, he and Juliet may yet be saved. These shifts from hope to despair, reprieve, and new hope serve to emphasise the tragedy when the final hope fails and both the lovers die at the end.

Shakespeare also uses sub-plots to offer a clearer view of the actions of the main characters. For example, when the play begins, Romeo is in love with Rosaline, who has refused all of his advances. Romeo’s infatuation with her stands in obvious contrast to his later love for Juliet. This provides a comparison through which the audience can see the seriousness of Romeo and Juliet’s love and marriage. Paris’ love for Juliet also sets up a contrast between Juliet’s feelings for him and her feelings for Romeo. The formal language she uses around Paris, as well as the way she talks about him to her Nurse, show that her feelings clearly lie with Romeo. Beyond this, the sub-plot of the Montague–Capulet feud overarches the whole play, providing an atmosphere of hate that is the main contributor to the play’s tragic end.

Language

Shakespeare uses a variety of poetic forms throughout the play. He begins with a 14-line prologue in the form of a Shakespearean sonnet, spoken by a Chorus. Most of Romeo and Juliet is, however, written in blank verse, and much of it in strict iambic pentameter, with less rhythmic variation than in most of Shakespeare’s later plays.In choosing forms, Shakespeare matches the poetry to the character who uses it. Friar Laurence, for example, uses sermon and sententiae forms and the Nurse uses a unique blank verse form that closely matches colloquial speech. Each of these forms is also moulded and matched to the emotion of the scene the character occupies. For example, when Romeo talks about Rosaline earlier in the play, he attempts to use the Petrarchan sonnet form. Petrarchan sonnets were often used by men to exaggerate the beauty of women who were impossible for them to attain, as in Romeo’s situation with Rosaline. This sonnet form is used by Lady Capulet to describe Count Paris to Juliet as a handsome man.[76] When Romeo and Juliet meet, the poetic form changes from the Petrarchan (which was becoming archaic in Shakespeare’s day) to a then more contemporary sonnet form, using “pilgrims” and “saints” as metaphors.
Finally, when the two meet on the balcony, Romeo attempts to use the sonnet form to pledge his love, but Juliet breaks it by saying “Dost thou love me?” By doing this, she searches for true expression, rather than a poetic exaggeration of their love. Juliet uses monosyllabic words with Romeo but uses formal language with Paris.[80] Other forms in the play include an epithalamium by Juliet, a rhapsody in Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech, and an elegy by Paris.[81] Shakespeare saves his prose style most often for the common people in the play, though at times he uses it for other characters, such as Mercutio.[82] Humour, also, is important: scholar Molly Mahood identifies at least 175 puns and wordplays in the text.[83] Many of these jokes are sexual in nature, especially those involving Mercutio and the Nurse.

Psychoanalytic criticism

Early psychoanalytic critics saw the problem of Romeo and Juliet in terms of Romeo’s impulsiveness, deriving from “ill-controlled, partially disguised aggression”,which leads both to Mercutio’s death and to the double suicide.
Romeo and Juliet is not considered to be exceedingly psychologically complex, and sympathetic psychoanalytic readings of the play make the tragic male experience equivalent with sicknesses. Norman Holland, writing in 1966, considers Romeo’s dream as a realistic “wish fulfilling fantasy both in terms of Romeo’s adult world and his hypothetical childhood at stages oral, phallic and oedipal” – while acknowledging that a dramatic character is not a human being with mental processes separate from those of the author. Critics such as Julia Kristeva focus on the hatred between the families, arguing that this hatred is the cause of Romeo and Juliet’s passion for each other. That hatred manifests itself directly in the lovers’ language: Juliet, for example, speaks of “my only love sprung from my only hate” and often expresses her passion through an anticipation of Romeo’s death. This leads on to speculation as to the playwright’s psychology, in particular to a consideration of Shakespeare’s grief for the death of his son, Hamnet.

-Feminist criticism
-Queer theory
-The balcony scene

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romeo_and_Juliet

ROMEO and JULIET 1968 movie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZBjlKf3AW4&list=PLjT3Z589ba7OpE9o1zsLA1U3Q3HLHCtBq

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    I knew it! Show will rip our heart out string by string tomorrow. 😢

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      I’m glad that it’s not the final story.

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      I hope the tragedy will be executed well. The last line of the preview is very ominous.

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    🤣
    I just started ep 11, and was just thinking, “This is a drama. It’s too early for happiness.”

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    As always, thanks for sharing.

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK eps 11: “THE UGLY DUCKLING”
My favorite fairy tale and my favorite episode.
This show finally managed to make me cry happy tears.
Love my misfit trio!
Fighting, to all the Ko Kil-dongs and Kang Soon-deoks out there!

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    aww I cried during the scene of your screenshot….

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK eps 11: “THE UGLY DUCKLING” by Hans Christian Andersen.

Published 1844
http://hca.gilead.org.il/ugly_duc.html

THE STORY BEHIND THE UGLY DUCKLING — 9/17/14
https://delanceyplace.com/view-archives.php?p=2612

A Summary and Analysis of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Ugly Duckling’ Fairy Tale
https://interestingliterature.com/2020/05/ugly-duckling-fairy-tale-andersen-summary-analysis/

‘The Ugly Duckling’, in summary, tells of a mother duck, whose eggs are hatching. The last of her baby birds to hatch is a larger bird than the other ducklings, and the other birds – and the other animals around on the farm – consider it to be ‘ugly’. They mock and vilify him, and he leaves his mother and siblings behind.

He encounters some wild geese (technically, ganders as they are male birds, strutting about), and narrowly avoids being killed when hunters turn up with guns and dogs and shoot the geese.

The ugly duckling keeps wandering, until he arrives at the home of an old woman. Here, once again, he isn’t there long before he is taunted and abused by the woman’s cat and hen: the hen dismisses the ugly duckling’s longing to glide upon the water, saying that she (the hen) is cleverer than him and it’s a stupid idea. Once more, the ugly duckling leaves and continues on his way.

The ugly duckling comes upon a flock of swans, and longs to join them, but he is unable to fly. He is delighted and excited, but he cannot join them, for he is too young and cannot fly. The duckling endures a harsh winter in a cave, and when spring arrives, he sees a flock of swans gliding on the lake.

The miserable duckling has given up on life by this point, and decides to throw himself into the path of the large swans and be killed, so he cannot be abused and rejected for being ‘ugly’ any more. But – surprise, surprise – the swans don’t devour him but instead welcome him with open arms (or wings) as one of their own. And when the ugly duckling catches sight of his own reflection in the water, he realises he is not an ugly duckling any more, but a beautiful, elegant swan. Having realised his beauty and found his family, this majestic swan takes flight with the flock of swans, happy at last.

Fitting In
Think about a moment in your life when you felt like you didn’t measure up to those around you. Although ‘The Ugly Duckling’ is on the surface a tale about physical appearance, it is universal in the idea that when we try too hard to fit in where we don’t belong, we will never feel completely confident. Let’s review the story and analyze its meaning.

Analysis
One of the themes, or central messages, that emerges from this story is the idea that our suffering is only temporary. When the duckling knows nothing besides a life of being ridiculed because of who he is, he can’t imagine that he will ever know what happiness feels like. This makes him all the more joyful when his circumstances change because you can only feel true pleasure if you have experienced pain.

Themetic Analysis:
An Informal Look Into the Theme of Acceptance

The book I chose for my final project is “The Ugly Duckling” by Hans Christian Andersen. The text was adapted and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. This text is a childhood favorite that explores the survival story of an ugly little bird who struggles to find his value in various groups. While traveling the countryside, he must survive harmful and scary situations. The main theme presented by this text, is the theme of acceptance and how the feelings of acceptance are unique to every individual.

The title, “The Ugly Duckling,” promotes a feeling of negative self-worth. This suggests that the ugly duckling in the story is seen as an outcast by his peers, therefore unaccepted. Throughout the story, the ugly duckling begins to notice his differences from his peers. He also notices how he is treated differently than his siblings. As the story develops, the duckling begins to acquire feelings of loneliness and bitterness towards his appearance making him feel as if he will never be accepted. The events that lead him to this conclusion start with his family and those closest to him, then strangers he meets look down upon him; finally, he truly begins to see himself as others see him. Ugly and unwanted. Feeling alone, he begins to mature into the very animal he had admired, a beautiful swan. Soon enough, he was flying next to the swan and experienced true acceptance.

Words that are often associated with loneliness are empty, unattended, homeless, withdrawn, isolated, and companionless. The settings and images in the text represent each of these words. In the beginning, the author creates a mood of loneliness by showing the ugly ducking being unattended to and withdrawn from the rest of the farm. The mood gradually shifts into a more depressing and isolated state. The setting and images reflect this by having the ugly duckling be continually rejected by different groups and finally, showing the ugly duckling alone, freezing, and close to death in the middle of winter. The colors in the images seem to get gloomier and depict the sad and depressing state of the duckling. However, as the mood shifts into feelings of acceptance and love, the images are brighter and happier. The story ends with the final message that things get better and somewhere and somehow you will experience acceptance.

I believe that acceptance is unique to every individual, not only in this story, but also in our day-to-day life. How I feel acceptance can be extremely different to the way some one else feels acceptance. I found acceptance within my God, church, and my family. I used to feel as if I was an outcast when certain health issues ended my sports career. After I was outcast from my sports family, I was left feeling alone, isolated, and depressed and seeking acceptance places where I could not find it. Soon after I found that all my answers were found in Jesus and I immediately found acceptance within Him. This led me to feeling accepted by my church and my family. I find that my story of acceptance is similar to the story of “The Ugly Duckling.” I believe that many people follow a similar path to acceptance but they may find acceptance in different things. This is why I believe that acceptance is unique to every individual.

https://theuglyducklingactivity.weebly.com/thematic-analysis.html#:~:text=The%20main%20theme%20presented%20by,by%20his%20peers%2C%20therefore%20unaccepted.

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK eps 9 : “Dooly the Little Dinosaur”
Is a 1987 South Korean cartoon and animated film created by Kim Soo-jung. Dooly is one of the most respected and commercially successful characters of South Korean animation. It was printed in 1995 in South Korea. Dooly also has a resident registration card, which means he is a citizen of South Korea.

CHARACTERS

Dooly ( 둘리)
-is a baby dinosaur that was kidnapped by aliens, who had experimented to give him magical powers. When he returned to Earth, he was trapped in an ice glacier causing him to faint during the Ice Age.

Go Heedong (고희동)
-came to live with Uncle Kildong after his parents went abroad to study. He misses his mom every day, but feels utterly entertained by Dooly the Brother.

Douner (도우너)
-the Prince of Planet ‘Kanttappia’ makes an emergency landing on the planet Earth due to the malfunctioning of the ‘Time Cosmos’ Spaceship.

Ddochi (또치)
-the Ostrich that successfully escaped from a Las Vegas circus troop, always insists that she used to be a noble mistress from Africa.

Michol (마이콜, pronounced as “Maikol”)
-is an aspiring singer who lives next to Kildong, and feeds on his passion for dreaming, though he may lack the necessary talent.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dooly_the_Little_Dinosaur

(Sang-tae watching Doolie the Little Dinosaur)

ST- Those two guys are. (X 2) Trying to take over our house (X 2) They are a pair of rascals (X 2)
MY- I hate them. I really hate Dooly and his friends. It’s not even their house but they do whatever they want.
I like Ko Kil-dong.
ST- Ko Kil-dong.
MY- He let those guy into his territory. He is a nice guy. What do you think? I like him.
ST- I.. I also like Kil-dong. This..this guy’s name is Teary. His real name is Ko Kil-dong. His name is Teary. This right here is actually a piece of thread, but it’s also a teardrop. His name is Ko Kil-dong.
MY- Do you also like him?
ST- Yes. Ko Kil-dong is a caregiver for Dooly, Douner and Ddochi. I mean he is their guardian and he gives them a place to sleep, gives them food and protect them. Just for your information, I’m Kang-tae’s guardian and a guardian should be dependable and trsustworthy. I’m an adult and his older brother. That’s who I am.
MY- We really click, Sang-tae. We are like best friends.
ST- Best friends……….

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    Thank you for sharing this. I’ve heard about this character but I don’t know much about him.

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    Thanks for sharing!

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK eps 9: “My Love from the Star”
Reference to Kim Soo-hyun (KT) and Kim Chang-wan (director Oh) (2013-14) drama.

MY- Let’s go to the Serengeti (a national park and wildlife refuge in Africa)
KT- I don’t have a passport
MY- Are you from outer space? Who doesn’t have a passport these days?
KT- Me. I don’t.

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    Thank you for posting this. I was just about to look for this myself.

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    Wow i forgot ahjussi was in MLFTS too.

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    I loveeee their interactions in IONTBO because they remind me of MFTS. The two of them in that drama broke my heart so many times. They were bestfriends but he’s not human and knew he had to leave someday. Ahhh. I still remember that bench scene.

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      I dont remember but at least he was nice in MLFTS. When IOTNBO started i was also watching Find Me in Your Memory, where he’s a horrid psychologist so i was like you again? Better be nice Mister!

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        Hahahaha! It’s si hard to believe the actor after watching them in a bad guy role. I was watching Stove League before IONTBO and it took me a while to trust Oh Jung-se lol

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          Yass! Also i never thought about OJS acting before but i really appreciate his portrayal of Sang Tae – so good!

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            He is super good. His subtle additions make it so much better

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK eps 9: Mount Sogeumsan Suspension Bridge

Offering stunning views, the bridge is approximately 200 meters long and 1.5 meters wide and part of the trail which leads to the top of Mount Sogeumsan in Wonju and has become a top tourist attraction in the region, located about 130 kilometers east of Seoul.

MY- Are we going to tie a rope around our ankle and jump or something?
KT- Shall we? Let’s go.
My- No
KT- Why not?
MY- I’m scared
KT – (laugh)
MY- Why are you laughing?
KT- Hearing you say the word scared
MY- You think it’s funny? Do you think it’s fun to cross this stupid bridge?
KT- I just wanted to come up high and enjoy an open view. I can’t come here with Sang-tae. I saw it so it’s all good now. Let’s go back down.
MY- So you are saying you can’t hangout with Sang-tae like this? OK fine. Let’s do this but carry me on your back.
KT- (nod) wait here. I’ll be back….(walks off)
MY- Hey! carry me on your back. I said carry me! Give me a piggyback ride! Darn it. Crap.

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    I actually drooled seeing the view and the bridge. I am an avid trekker and love hills and mountains. I would anything to go there man…

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    MY is so adorable. She amuses me so. That exchange really cracked me up.

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    Great shots of the bridge in the show.

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      Loved the fixed shot of the bridge (dont know what it’s called but cameras usually move as they film but this one was fixed) because it would be shaky as they walk on it.

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK eps 9: “The King Has Donkey Ears”

These 3 needs group therapy.
This is how I picture them in the end.

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK eps 9 Korean folktale

Well, next episode will have reference to King Midas and there are many different versions of it so I’m going with the Korean version.
http://program.tving.com/tvn/tvnpsycho/10/Board/List

THE KING HAS DONKEY EARS: Even bamboo trees can’t keep secrets.

Once upon a time in ancient Silla, there lived King Gyeongmun (r. 861—875), the kingdom’s 48th king. On top of living in tumultuous times, full of turmoil and rebellion, King Gyeongmun had another vexing problem. According to legend, he had hideously large ears. Much like King Midas of Phrygia, who was punished by the Greek god Apollo with donkey ears, King Gyeongmun never failed to wear some form of crown or hat to cover his abnormal hearing organs. Unlike King Midas, however, King Gyeongmun had no magic touch that turned things to gold. Moreover, his donkey ears were not the result of some divine curse, but simply developed one day out of the blue. King Gyeongmun was horrified. He was dumbfounded. Nobody could know.

Don’t You Tell a Single Tree!

King Gyeongmun was apparently great at keeping secrets, for nobody knew about his resemblance to a donkey, not even his queen. In fact, the only person who ever saw King Gyeongmun without either his hat or crown was the royal crown maker, who by professional necessity occasionally measured the King’s head. Whether it was out of fear or respect, the crown maker knew better than to go around telling people what he knew. Even the trustworthy crown maker, however, wasn’t completely free of the gossip instinct. Upon nearing his death, the tortured crown maker realized he simply couldn’t take his secret with him to the grave. His sealed lips must be opened at least once before meeting his maker. “Oh, I must tell somebody,” he thought.

Unable to contain it any longer, the crown maker fled deep into a bamboo forest near a serene temple and shouted into the trees, “The King has donkey ears!” Satisfied at last, the crown maker was able to return home and die in peace. The bamboo trees, however, couldn’t contain themselves either, and every time the wind blew through the forest, they echoed the words, “The King has donkey ears…the King has donkey ears,” a sound that carried quite far, informing nearly the entire kingdom of King Gyeongmun’s medical secret. Infuriated and embarrassed, King Gyeongmun ordered that the entire bamboo forest be cut down and eradicated. However, every time the wind blew it carried the same words everywhere it went: “the King has donkey ears…the King has donkey ears…” Perhaps it is such a wind that has brought this story to us across so many generations.

Royal Animal Ears

Although King Gyeongmun is a real historical figure, this story is obviously folklore. Details are described in the Samguk Yusa, or Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms, a collection of folklore, legends and historical anecdotes from the 1200s about the three ancient kingdoms of Goguryeo, Silla and Baekje. This is an interesting coincidence, as King Gyeongmun’s tale demonstrates remarkable similarity to that of King Midas, whose barber uttered his secret into a hole in the ground, from which reeds eventually sprang up and whispered, “the King has the ears of an ass!” Similar tales exist in other countries’ folklore, often the donkey’s ears changing into the ears of a lamb or goat, which brings up the question: What is it about animal ears that makes us want to put them on our unfortunate kings?

Written by Felix Im
Illustrated by Shim Soo-keun
http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/Culture/view?articleId=122701

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IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK eps 8.

MY- Oppa

ST- Yes

MY- Let’s not work today

ST- Yes

(poor Mang-tae didn’t stand a chance)

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