I think the overall theme is rebirth, kind of like shedding the old skin by a snake, or the old feathers like an eagle. The eagle experiences extreme pain while removing the old feathers but grows back a plume that allows it to fly even higher. The characters don’t have to die physically for this… ~ by @africandramalover
Each character in this show seems to have some level of rebirth.
Dong Hoon – Finally moves from passive to assertive, a journey Ji An sets off by stealing his bribe.
Ji An – Changes her opinion of humans and opens herself up to the world when she orchestrates the downfall of Dong Hoon.
Ki Hoon – Faces the real reason for his failure as a director when he meets the puke machine Yu Ra.
Yu Ra – Faces her failure as an actress when she meets the “reason” for her failure, Ki Hoon.
Sang Hoon – hmm… Maybe he will be able to afford a flower arrangement for
mummy’s somebody’s funeral…
Yoon Hee – Faces the incompatibility and death of her marriage as is when she assists her lover in bringing down her husband.
Jung Hee – FINALLY lets go of Monk and moves on with her life after being put on blast by Sang Hoon’s wife.
I’ve just listed what triggers/incites their rebirth. They all move to a higher plane of their lives. Higher than the normal they’ve been living in.
As for the Monk, he has not reached enlightenment by hiding in the mountain and loving cute baby goats. He needs to come back down from the mountain and live the real world. Even if it is not with Jung Hee. That should be his rebirth, in my opinion.
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