Conversation 8

The film “Parasite” (2019) portrays the Kim family’s struggle with poverty as they live in a basement and face financial difficulties. Ki-woo seizes an opportunity for a tutoring job in a wealthy household by utilizing fake academic credentials. Subsequently, he recommends his sister Ki-Jung for an art tutoring position and manipulates circumstances to secure jobs for his parents as drivers and maids in the same affluent family’s home. Taking advantage of the wealthy family’s absence during a trip, the Kim family resides in their luxurious residence. However, their plans are disrupted when they discover the former housekeeper’s husband secretly living in the basement. Fearful of exposure, they confine the former housekeeper and her spouse in the basement, which tragically leads to the former housekeeper’s death due to injury.

Retaliating for his wife’s death, the former housekeeper’s husband inflicts harm on Ki-taek’s daughter and son during the owner’s son’s birthday party. Amidst the chaos, the wealthy homeowner expresses repulsion toward Kim, In a moment of rage and desperation, Kim kills the wealthy homeowner and seeks refuge in the basement, disappearing from the sight of others. This violent act results in Ki-Jung death and the kin’s family facing legal consequences.

The pervasive theme of smell in the movie symbolizes the class and identity divide, highlighting the stark contrast between the rich and the poor in Korean society. It serves as a metaphor for the social stigma associated with poverty, as evidenced by the wealthy family’s disdain for the odor emanating from the Kin‘s family. This olfactory aversion underscores the inherent bias and discrimination prevalent in society. In addition, the movie also reflects the parasitic relationship between poverty and wealth, as well as the coexistence of civilization and barbarism.


1, I would follow my conscience

They don’t follow their conscience and adopt fake identities to get good jobs.

2, I don’t know what I would do

Jim’s family was worried about being exposed, so they locked the former housekeeper and his wife in a secret room. Later, Ki-Woo asked Jim what to do next, and Jim didn’t know what to do.

3, I would do whatever would improve my own situation

In order to improve their conditions, the Kim family faked their identities worked for the rich Park family, and lived in the owner’s house while the owner was away.

4, I Would Do What God or the Scriptures Say Is Right.

Jim did not do what was right according to the Bible. Jim killed his master because of his disgusted expression.

5, I Would Do Whatever Made Me Happy.

Jim’s family took advantage of the owner’s business trip to stay privately in the owner’s home and use the owner’s belongings and food. They only think about their own happiness.

6, I would follow the advice of an authority figure.

Ki-Woo listened to his classmate’s suggestion and became a tutor in a wealthy family, believing that the stone would bring good luck to their family.

7, I would do what’s best for everyone.

Ki-Woo himself used false identities to obtain jobs, and he also used various means to obtain jobs for his family members. But he only thinks about his family and doesn’t care about anyone else.


If I encounter a job opportunity and find myself in a situation where I need to address challenges or limitations. I will be honest talk about my situation with a potential employer, and emphasize my skills, qualifications, and strengths that make you a suitable candidate for the job. Discuss my relevant experiences and how they align with the job requirements. Furthermore, maintain a positive attitude throughout the conversation. Express enthusiasm for the job opportunity and your eagerness to contribute to the home. If necessary, ask for understanding and accommodation regarding my situation.


My decision was “I would follow my conscience”

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