Friday, 9 September 2016

[Review] Important scenes of "WINGS" ① : Demian by Hermann Hesse in BTS's "WINGS" 1/2




How much do you know about Hermann Hesse?

How many "classic literature books" have you read?
We always plan to read one of them very soon but it's the type of book which we never know when that "very soon" is going to be... It's a book with hundreds of pages filling the reference books list.

However, many of these books which are familiar to us today were mega best sellers during their times. Even today's readers are fascinated by these books.

Just like Hermann Hesse's "Demian".


"The bird rights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world."

-Hermann Hesse, "Demian"

"The bird rights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world.". Have you heard of this line before?
It's not just the greatest growth novel ever written but it's also a philosophical novel. Hermann Hesse is also introduced to us in Thomas Mann's introduction, "Whole youthful generation who believed that an interpreter of their innermost life had risen from their own midst..."

For a child to turn into an adult...
This masterpiece covers the numerous chaos and surprises we go through in life. Meanwhile, the book is gaining popularity as it's rumored to be partially used as a motive for the latest album of the trend artist with "Boy" in their group name. The growing pains experienced by a boy as he turns into a young adult is spoken in depth with symbols that hold the graces of classic literature. It's the album "WINGS" by BTS. 


Signs of Hermann Hesse hidden inside their eye catching visuals!
We will try to solve the mysteries that will make the video more meaningful when you understand them :) We are going to introduce to you the detailed symbols of Demian in their short film. Scenes of "mega hit novel" of the past absorbed in the "mega hit song". Now, let's take a closer look.



#1. Intro narration.


Famous quote of Demian is the intro of the short film revealed after the announcement of BTS's album "WINGS". The boyhood when all borders including black and white, light and darkness, and good and evil are vague. This line explains the unstable ego during it's growth. The very first narration of the film explains about complicate world laid in front Sinclair's eyes who is confused between good and evil.

"The realms of day and night, two different worlds coming from tow opposite poles, mingled during this time"

#2. The sharp sound of whistle in his nightmare


Everyone, can you please tell us what was the most ominous sound during your childhood? Mom's scolding? Being called by your teacher? In this work, the sound that's tormenting the early days of the lead character is the sound of whistle.
In Demian it says that Kromer dragged me into the dark world, and night and day his whistle made me tremble in fright. The surrounding of short film begins to turn brighter with the sound of somewhat unstable and shatterable whistle. If this scene was certainly inspired by Demian, we think we could call this a good example of faithfully changing classic literature to sound. 

#3. Abraxas, mythical symbol of negative and positive



As you read Demian you will frequently encounter the name of an unidentified character,  Abraxas. During Middle Age this word was used in magic spells and in Greece they called it the Sun God. After it's appearance in Hesse's book as the symbol of darkness and life, and God and Devil, it soon became famous as a wonderful symbol among younger Europeans.
In the dark and confined surrounding that locks the boy in the film a bird-like figure eventually appears and this is the true symbol of freedom. Abraxas, the God that helped the boy to break free from the egg to meet the true world has also endlessly inspired many youths who were lost in the early 20th century when the society changed rapidly.

"And now Abraxas was the god who was both god and devil."


Original blog post here
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(Part 2 will be up soon!)