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Squid Game: A Character Review & A Story of Friendship (Part 1)

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Ji-yeong is an underappreciated, sorrowful figure from the series Squid Game. I believe she is unique from every other participant in the game. She isn't there just to survive. She's there to die because it's the only way she'll be able to live. She's not the type of character you'd start with when it comes to these breakdowns; instead, she's a passing note to most, a suitable gloom, a delicate woe along the lord's course, spanning three episodes in the midst of the series. Though she's lost some of her inner life, I see a melody in her, a vibrant tune from within that rings of many things marked by the human heart and the various difficulties it's sewn upon.

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Appropriately, Sae-Byeok is the first to notice Ji-yeong, as if no one else can see her, and to be honest, she does arrive out of nowhere. Also, Ji-yeong appears just after Sae-Byeok embarks on a path of resolving her faith in man, thanks in part to Gi-Hun's thoughtfulness. It shows her just a few scenes before Sae-Byeok approaches Ji-yeong and approach her to join her squad for the forthcoming game, which we'll learn is the tug of war. Like Sae-Byeok, she is quick to act unaffected and gestures towards taking off without a care in the world; she would rather be left without a team than display desperation. She has a toxic pride that conceals her uneasiness and insecurity as a result of unfavorable relationships with her fellow men. Both Sae-Byeok and Ji-yeong have been betrayed by people and will not allow it to happen again, even if it means putting themselves in greater danger.

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Meanwhile, Ji-yeong's cynicism is directed towards religion, and there's a lot to infer from this about the larger thematic narrative inherent in the squid game as well as Ji-yeong's psychology. For example, player 244, a pastor, demonstrates through his murderous proposal how, in a ruthless market-based society, religious leaders are just like capitalists, justifying whatever means are necessary to obtain wealth and survive. Furthermore, Ji-yeong hints here that she has experienced the hypocrisy of fervently religious people and identifies how they use religion to excuse their sins. However, with respect to her connection with Sae-Byeok, this moment reveals the two women's attitudinal kinship. Ji-yeong's understanding of religion and religious figures is relevant to Sae-Byeok. Faith, in this case, refers not just to religion, but also to hope, investment in greater meaning, and the promise of salvation. Ji-yeong's faith is not in the center, and so her hope is gone; she cannot be rescued, and she does not want to be saved. And what are her odds in this harsh competition? 

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Date: November 9, 2021
Author: softywicce
Title: Squid Game: A Character Review & A Story of Friendship (Part 1)
Article No.: 3

Author's Note

Hi! It's been a few days since I wrote my last article and this is long, so I divided it into parts. Also this is very emotional one. I'm not really a fan of Squid Game but Ji-yeong's character is worth it to talk about. I hope you like and if you enjoy this, you can check out my previous articles below. Thank you so much (´∩。• ᵕ •。∩`)

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