Why the Squid Game is Popular

Critique of Capitalism

The main theme in this television series is that it accurately depicts the hardship working families in South Korea, the United States, and other countries around the world struggle because of Capitalism. The critique is very subtle and clever but it’s there as we note the main character and others discuss being unable to afford rent, struggling to live paycheck to paycheck, and depicting successful characters that went to Ivy League colleges and yet still ended up in millions in debt. This is the main reason for its popularity, it’s relatable. You don’t have to be partisan to appreciate this tv show highlighting what the working class feels like in countries all over the world who have faced a variety of issues.

Collectivism vs Individualism

Collectivism is a term used to describe a cultural belief that when a person fights as a coalition or a unit they are more likely to succeed as we see in the tug of rope scene. The majority of the world believes in this concept outside the United States, the UK, and Australia where people and humanity matter more than backstabbing and throwing others under the bus for personal gain. At the end of this show with their climax the main character still holds these is willing to forgo 45 billion won ($38 million) prize money to make sure he a close friend can walk away alive. That is very admirable and commendable in a world that is a dog-eat-dog world and the last episode actually brought tears to my eyes with how emotionally charged it was.


One of the most tragic scenes ©Netflix


Another theme in this series is that players are assigned specific numbers instead of names, because in this contest they are seen as less than human similar to how Amazon views their employees: expendable.



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