The Relation Between Demian and the Wings Short Films
One by one, ARMY has discovered that there are a lot of connections between the scenes, dialogues, and themes of Demian and the short films. Because Big Hit had released seven versions of the video, let’s dig for more information in them, one by one. Let’s start with the first Short Film, #BEGIN.
In this short film, Jungkook was portrayed as the childhood version of Sinclair. It was proved by his video being the first one to be released. He’s also the youngest member in BTS. Jungkook (Sinclair) in the novel is innocent and strongly believes in Jehovah – the Jewish God (one of the seven names of God in Judaism). He looks up to his sister and respects his parents a lot. According to Sinclair (Jungkook), heaven is where his parents are.
In the beginning of the video, RM reads a line from the Demian novel, “The realms of day and night. Two different worlds coming from opposite poles, mingled during this time“. The lines tell us that Sinclair (Jungkook) believes there are two different realms, day and night/dark, or even Good and Evil.
There is this word in hangul that appears on the Begin Short Film. What does it mean? It was found out that the words are referring to Sinclair (Jungkook) meeting up with his mysterious friend, Max Demian.
A whistle in the beginning of the Wings Short Film is a part of the Demian Novel. There is a boy called Kromer, who often whistled to summon Sinclair and threaten him. Because of that, Sinclair (Jungkook) is afraid of Kromer because he is not a good guy, Sinclair (Jungkook) even feared the whistle and always panicked whenever he heard it.
Sometimes he would be so caught up by his fears that Sinclair (Jungkook) heard the whistle even in his dreams and woke up for being too terrified. This scene was shown in the Begin Short Film below:
After a few frames, we can hear that is Jungkook singing one of the lines of his solo song, Begin. These lyrics lines romanization is “The 15 year old me who didn’t have anything”, really clears up the fact that Jungkook represents a child version of Sinclair.
You might notice a painting in the Begin Short Film, we have 3 possibilities:
- In the book, Sinclair paints a portrait of someone who looks a lot like Demian, but not exactly the same. Later, he pins the painting to a window and when the sun light passes through the painting, suddenly it has the features of Sinclair, himself. The painting then start to burn and the glass shatters. The shattering glass can be considered a transition from childhood to adolescence. Or, more likely, Jungkook breaks out his childhood to become a teenager/adult.
- There are ARMY who suggest that Sinclair (Jungkook) might not only just painting Demian’s face. After reading the novel again, one Army found this part:”It was a face like the earlier face, it was like my friend Demian’s and in some features is like my own face, too (page 95).” In the novel, Demian was like Sinclair’s mentor. He was the one who first led Sinclair onto the path to find himself; however, its also possible that Demian is not actually the character in the novel. He might just an extension of Sinclair’s imagination. This idea came through to us after reading how Sinclair saw his painting of Demian: “Finally, obeying a powerful inner command. I close my eyes and saw the image within me, stronger and more powerful than ever. I wanted to kneel down before it, but it was so much part of me that i could no longer distinguish it from myself. It was as though it had become entirely I (page 96).”
Another interpretation is that the painting could probably be Suga. Why?? Did you guys notice that the previous music video was like I Need U, Run or Epilogue? Jungkook’s pairing is Suga!
If Jungkook really painted Suga, it might be possible that Suga is Jungkook’s Demian, a.k.a the extension of himself. Since the painting was suddenly burned by the fire, it could be that Jungkook doesn’t want to listen Suga, who is his Demian/mentor.
When Suga tries to lead Jungkook on the path to find himself and accept that there is both good and evil in this world, we can see Jungkook shaking his head and in clear distress as he watched the painting catch on fire, and he even mouthed ‘Hyung’ (referring to Suga).
In the end of the Begin Short Film, Jungkook was also portrayed as the bird of Demian, who has to “Fight his way out if the egg. The egg is the world. who would be born must first destroy the world, the bird flies to God. The God’s name is Abraxas (from chapter.5).”
The next one is the #2 LIE Short Film. Jimin was portrayed as a little grown up, but not yet an adult version of Sinclair. In the beginning of LIE, RM’s narration was “My parents’ house made up one realm. This realm was familiar to me in almost every way, mother and father, love and sickness, moral and behavior and school.” These words tell us that Sinclair (Jimin) still clings to his old ideals, which are his parents and school, until he meets Demian (portrayed as J-Hope).
His thoughts towards society and religious practice change when he meets Demian. Sinclair (Jimin) starts to feel uneasy and also impure for letting those thoughts plant themselves in his mind. Hence, the lyrics meaning was, “Caught in a lie, find back the pure me. I can’t get out of this lie, give me back my smile.” “Caught in a lie, save me from this hell. I can’t get out of this chaos, save me who’s being punished.”
In the beginning, we can see that Jimin was taking a psychology test. Every time the hand shows a card, he just smiles and shrugs as a response. But on the inside, he seems to be struggling and strangling himself.
This shows that on the outside he is smiling, which is a facade, a lie, whereas on the inside he was dying.
In the novel, Sinclair goes through the same feelings when he first associates with Demian. He has mixed feelings and thoughts, he also has a very hard time sorting himself out. There is one point where as much as Sinclair loves Demian, he also hates him as well. From here, we can conclude that J-Hope is Jimin’s Demian. This can be observed in the beginning of HYYH era, where Jimin always stuck around with J-Hope.
The empty bed beside Jimin, the eva card and martini glass with pills lead us towards J-Hope. Demian leaves Sinclair for a few years and doesn’t stay in touch. This can be seen when Jimin had a pillow fight alone, he also stares affectionately at the empty bed.
At the end of the video, we can see that the curtains around Jimin were lifted up. The reason is that the lies or the illusions he has been living in have been lifted. Jimin then falls into the bathtub and wakes up on the bed. This is his transition into the next stage of life.
There is a scene in which Jimin eats an apple, but what does that mean? In the novel, Sinclair lies about stealing an apple. Apples are also known as the forbidden fruit, the symbol of the knowledge of good and evil, and the first ever human sin. Jimin wants to be awakened by it.
What about the painting? It’s about Jimin’s facade, a lie.