Squid Games — An embodiment of Capitalism and its System

Squid Game is a South Korean survival drama television series streaming on Netflix, written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. It stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryoung. It was released on September 17th, 2021. 

The overall plot of the survival drama is that some people who are unfortunate in their life with miseries and debt are given an opportunity to play a game to win a huge cash prize. These people are supposed to play several games, in which losers are shot to death by moderators of the game. 

Rich individuals in society are conducting these games, where they bet on people participating in the game. The series script very much makes it clear that the whole event is just for more fun for the rich people who have no other things to spend their money on. 

Keeping away entertainment part of the series, Squid Game is showing us the real face of a sadistic Capitalist system where rich people spend money to see people getting killed mercilessly. Taking advantage of poor / helpless people, which is one of main ‘fun’ activity of Capitalist pigs are clearly being shown in the series.

The series also shows us the greed part of capitalism, were poor people coerced into deadly activities by the rich, to make more and more money. We can also see how minds of normal people can be corrupted by the sole element of ‘greediness’. Towards the end of Season 1, Game Participants who are close to each other in initial stages are ready to even kill each other to win the game. 

This drama series is also pointing fingers towards Capitalistic system which keeps poor people poor forever by denying them basic human rights and make profits by creating split between them and violence. 

This survival drama is reiterating the fact that Capitalism is not just an economic setup, but is an evil to the whole of humanity. Capitalism encourages people to kill each other for more and more money. 

When you are reading this you’ll probably have question that this whole series was produced within Capitalist system, streamed on an online platform which grown through exploitation. We are even reading this write-up on a computer which was made within the Capitalist system. It’s true, we are living inside a web of capitalism which is hard to be broken. But events and incidents like Squid Games is repeatedly warning us where we are heading. It’s us who should decide what to do about it.

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