Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Maids (하녀들 ): Episode 2

Leaving a cheating husband or boyfriend for a new lover is no big deal. But how about leaving a devoted fiancé who’s done you no wrong and been nothing but good to you, not to mention the fact that you happen to love him too? This question has been floating on my mind when I look at Gook In Yup (Jung Yu Mi) and Kim Eun Gi (Kim Dong Wook).

It doesn’t mean that I don’t want In Yup to fall in love with Moo Myung (Oh Ji Ho) since they have to fall madly in love with each other haven’t they? It’s the sacred law of dramaland that has to be fulfilled by every male and female lead.

But seeing how Kim Eun Gi tries his best to save the father of the woman he loves makes me feel sad. Here’s a good brave young man who doesn’t even fear the mad King who loves to chop off the heads of his own flesh and blood about to become one of the unfortunates because of love or to be precise because the woman he loves stop loving him.

And that’s another question I have. How could you stop loving someone who does nothing wrong?

Although every drama always finds ways to justify the change of heart of their leads, this issue never ceases to bother me. Almost in every drama the time, the people, the circumstances and the universe are conspiring against the couple to make it impossible for them to be together however the fact that you can’t be together doesn’t mean that your love for that person is ended.

You might try to be realistic and pragmatic then accept the fact that it’s simply impossible for you two. But again it doesn’t mean you stop loving the other person. True love doesn’t change.

If one party stops loving the other one it’s either because they don’t really love their lover or it’s because they are basically a fickle person.

You may have a huge fight, hurl insults, say you hate that person to death or you might separate with that person, but when your anger has subsided, the fact remains, you still love that person just as much. That’s true love.

If that’s not the case it means you love that person just enough, enough to marry them, enough to be with them, enough to withstand small discomfort and do some sacrifices, but not enough to withstand the appearance of more attractive and wonderful person, not enough to withstand more difficulties/problems ahead, not enough to conquer all odds, and the most important thing is your love for that person is not enough to make you happy no matter what.

I have no doubt that In Yub loves Eun Gi but I’m not convinced that she loves him as much as he loves her. She might be everything to him but I’m not quite sure that he is everything to her. Is he more important to her than her dead father? No, I don’t think so. She might love him but not that much.

Even from episode one it’s pretty clear that what’s really first and foremost on her mind is her missing father and not her fiancé. She doesn’t think about him that much. 

Now, let’s talk about a more worthy subject in the drama: social issues. Maids reminds me a little of Jejungwon (제중원), it gives us a view of how unfair and frustrating the social system in those eras is. People are valued and judged not by their own merit but by their social background.

You as a person don’t matter if you don’t come from a certain social class. You are not even considered human if you happen to come from the wrong class.

We are watching a system that perpetuates poverty, oppresses the poor and promotes status quo. A system which is invented by those with enough brains and power but no heart, then it is accepted by the idiots, the powerless and the cowards.

I’m not yet in love with In Yup but I like seeing how underneath her haughtiness there is a glimpse of a decent girl who treats her personal servant like a real person and with genuine affection. I like seeing how despite her snobbishness there is a glimpse of a fair and just girl, a girl who despite her privilege upbringing doesn’t turn rotten inside out.

I like seeing the shadow of a woman who knows the value of herself, strong enough to endure any hardship but good enough to maintain her decent character from turning evil in her quest for justice. But what I like the most about In Yup is that she doesn’t look stupid. She looks very capable in using her head.

Moo Myung might fall for her first because he has seen that shadows too from the very first time they met and I’m not going to blame In Yup if she falls for Moo Myung later on but I think I’m going to feel really sorry for Eun Gi.

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