Poverty’s reality is more violent than a TV show can capture

The global phenomenon South Korean series “Squid Game” has shattered records as Netflix’s most-watched show of all time, with 142 million household viewers — approximately 5% of people on Earth.

Recently, it received three nominations for Golden Globe awards. The show resonates with so many because of the deeply symbolic episodes reflect society in a microcosm of, among other things, violence, group patterns and inequality.

The fictitious games feature 456 players who play a series of Korean children’s games with a twist — while the winner takes a prize equivalent to $38.6 million, losers face brutal deaths.

The intensity of the competition is heightened as each player has elected to participate due to crushing debt and poverty.  

But one of the most apparent and grim messages of “Squid Game” is this: The games are less violent than living in the reality of poverty, which is why so many of the players in the show chose to participate as their odds of success in life-or-death games are higher than that in real life. 

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Poverty’s reality is more violent than a TV show can capture