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BTS (Bangtan Boys) Demian Theory
Bangtan Boys, or commonly known as BTS, is a boy band from South Korea formed by Big Hit Entertainment. BTS consists of seven members: Jin (Kim SeokJin), Suga (Min YoonGi), J-Hope (Jung HoSeok), Rap Monster (Kim NamJoon), Jimin (Park JiMin), V (Kim TaeHyung) and Jungkook (Jeon JeongGuk). They debuted on June 13th 2013 and until today, they have recorded 2 albums and 2 Japanese albums, alongside several mini-albums.
Besides their great songs and lyrics, they made an even larger impact with their music videos which tell a complex story, that the A.R.M.Y (official name for their fans) have to figure out using numeral hints and clues left in the videos.
There are numerous theories, but the BTS members have never confirmed anything. Here is my theory which will be connecting almost all of the previous MVs together, and I will draw a lot of references from books, especially "Demian" from Hermann Hesse, which might have been used for these MVs, or books which were hinted on inside of the MVs.
I will divide my theory into 3 parts according to the eras in BTS' music. The first part will feature the MVs before the song "I Need U" came out. The second part will start with the song "I Need U", and will feature the MVs from the album "The Most Beautiful Moment In Life" (Hwayang-yeonhwa or HYYH) ending with the song "Young Forever". The third and last part will contain the Short Films. The other MV will be explained in my second theory Omelas, which is a continuation of this theory.
Even though the MVs are divided into groups, they are still connected and it's hard to draw the line. Some of them happen simultaneously, or are intertwined, so it's hard to say that one MV happened before another one. I will point these things out in the text when we come to that. All of the scenes which I refer to can be seen in the videos bellow.
With the help of our ARMY friend, we were able to make the first BTS series which will be based off my Demian and Omelas theories and follow the story of BTS as explained by the theories. So far, we have made the first episode. The second episode will be out on 03.07.2017 on our YouTube channel BTS CINEMATIX. I hope that you will check it out! :D
BTS Series Episode 1
Part I: Dark & Wild
The first part of my theory centers around the MVs in which the BTS members are mischievous, wild and delinquent-like.
No More Dream
First we will start with their debut MV "No More Dream". Here they show us their delinquent-like behavior. They are breaking, throwing, destroying things and vandalizing. In the official video, at the end of the song, a police helicopter appears, showing us that their behavior has indeed crossed the line of that of exemplary children. In the Japanese version they also show us their misbehaving and they are vandalizing the building they are in: using spray bottles, throwing the books... They even head into the section which was secured with police tapes with "caution" written on them. Moreover, they were hiding from someone, possibly a security guard or a police officer. And if you look closely at the building after they exit, you can see that it resembles a prison, or a similar facility, because of the fence with the wires. It's like they are escaping from somewhere. But from what?
"No More Dream" Korean and Japanese Version
This MV will give us the answer to the question above. Here, BTS shows us how the system works. It's all about manipulation and control, and you have no free will, or your own opinion. You have no rights to say anything, or act on your own as symbolized with the red pill, and the way they are educated (they are not allowed to look in any other direction). That is why they started to rebel. They stood up to the system and refused to be a part of that "machine". So, that may be what the boys are escaping from and why they are behaving like that. Moreover, the scene where they go down the huge white stairs symbolizes their leaving of that machine. Note that the stairs look like they are leading to heaven, and everything is white with violin players everywhere. But, that is a fraud. This is just what the system makes us believe. The reality is different. After that, you have a scene where the guards are trying to retrieve the runaways - it's like a fight between a wild animal and a hunter. They tried to "capture" them, and return them to the system, but they failed. Thus, the BTS members became like we know them in "No More Dream".
"N.O" Music Video
Boy In Luv
Here, we can once again see the boys' mischievous behavior - throwing chairs, disturbing and upsetting the girl - though it is not as bad as in the first two MVs. But, from here on out, things are slowly starting to change. That is, if you look closely enough, you will be able to notice little signs which indicate that something bad is about to happen - something that will change their lives. First, there is the empty desk at the beginning of the MV. There is nothing really special about a single desk, right? But, on the desk is a vase with withered roses. And throughout this whole era (the first part of the theory), there is only one person who is always holding a rose while singing - Jin (I will point out these scenes later). This is one of the first hints about what is about to happen in the second era (the second part of the theory). Another one is the drawing of a scorpion that appeared in two of the already mentioned MVs - "Boy In Luv" Japanese version and "No More Dream" Japanese version.
The scorpion symbolizes a lot of things, but there is one noteworthy and that is the symbol of death. Death symbolism comes into play in Greco-Roman mythology where Artemis (Diana) used the Scorpion to sting Orion's foot, which caused his death. Afterwards, Zeus (Jupiter) made the Scorpion a zodiac sign among the stars. Another thing is that the scorpion is associated with the Sun, and ancient writings depict Scorpion-men guarding (protecting) sacred gateways leading to enlightenment. All these signs indicate that something bad is about to happen to Jin. Also, there is one more scene with Jin in the MV "No More Dream" Japanese version where the light suddenly starts to flicker after the short-circuit (1:00 min in the MV). This further supports my claim that something bad is about to happen.
"Boy In Luv" Music Video
Just One Day
Another MV which shows us that things are slowly, but surely changing is "Just One Day". We can no longer see the boys' misbehaving. Instead of that, this MV is full of little signs which hint towards the changes and happenings in the future. First of all, we have the huge clock which is shown on the wall behind the BTS members. This clock represents the facts that their time is running out, that something bad is about to happen, but we still don't know what. The missing hour-hands show us that we don't know how much time they still have left before it happens. At some point in the video, Jimin uses his hand to replace one hour-hand, but he is going counterclockwise. This is very important, since it shows us that Jimin wants to turn back time. This can also mean that the future happening affected them so much and left deep scars on them. Now they just wish to go back to these peaceful days, just one more day, which would connect the whole story to the name of the song. But, in the facial expression version, we can see that he gave up (3:03), meaning that time cannot be turned back and things cannot change anymore.
Another sign is a butterfly, which will keep appearing throughout almost all of the later MVs, and become one of the major symbols that BTS uses. In this scene, we can see Jungkook and a shadow of a butterfly flying away from his hand. Later we will talk about the symbolism of the butterfly and how it connects to the story. The next important scene is the one with a silhouette which blows flower petals into the air. I believe that that is Jin's silhouette. Here in "Just One Day", Jin is the only person holding a rose during his solo. That is one more reason why I think that silhouette is Jin's. Also, remember what I wrote about Jin and the withered roses in "Boy In Luv". In the dance version of this song, you can notice that everyone is dressed in white except Jin who is in black. Moreover, in the facial expression version, at the beginning of the video, you can see a person's silhouette inside of the clock, and at the end of the MV, that person leaves. This could represent the fact that someone's days are numbered, that is, that his time is running out. The person leaving symbolizes that the person will no longer be with the other BTS members. This can also be connected to the line Rapmon says at the end of the song: "Can you please stay with me?".
"Just One Day" All Four MVs
This MV is where the theory finally starts. This is the point where everything changes, which leads to the second era / part of the theory. For the first time, the boys are not with each other. They are split and everyone is alone. We have Rapmon trying to write lyrics, Jungkook playing the piano, Suga playing basketball, J-Hope dancing, Jimin boxing, and V in front of the mirror looking at his long hair. But, we don't know what Jin is doing. They all look a bit sad, troubled and angry. What could have happened? I believe that they all had a big fight. There is one scene where J-Hope takes out his phone and is disappointed. Maybe he was waiting for someone's message or call, but it never came. Everything is falling apart. That is why they let their frustration and anger out in various ways: Rapmon makes a tattoo and we can see him screaming, Jungkook destroys the piano, Suga throws the ball around and breaks the window, J-Hope falls on the floor because he can't dance anymore, Jimin destroys the boxing bag, and V cuts his own hair. But, what about Jin? We can see Jin holding a lighter and throwing it. Then, everything starts burning. This is a key moment I will talk about later as well. After that, we see Jin holding his head, obviously regretting what he did.
In the Japanese version, we can see the boys all together in one room. They have obviously made up, but we can see V looking at his phone. Rapmon probably asked him whether there was a reply or a call, but V shook his head. Why would he wait for a reply if they all made up? It's because they couldn't contact and make up with one of the members, and that is Jin. After the happening in "Danger", they were unable to contact him, and they are still waiting to hear from him. Because V thought that Jin was still angry at them, he went with the rest to a club, where they could, once again, let their frustration out with singing.
But, even then, V would occasionally look on his phone whether Jin sent anything or called. He even goes out for a few moments in order to try and contact Jin, but it is futile. Here we can see that V really regrets getting into the fight. Then, he bumps into a person. This is nothing special, but the writing on the person's back is what's interesting. It's written: "Too stupid to die". Now, I will go back to the scene where Jin threw away the lighter and set the chairs on fire. I believe that Jin died. To be more specific, he committed suicide. I think that he had more problems than we could imagine, and the fight with the rest of the BTS members was just the straw that broke the camel. He was unable to bear it anymore, thus his suicidal behavior and the fire he started in "Danger".
Maybe you will wonder why I wrote something extreme like this, but it's further connected to the second part of the theory. Also, some may notice that Jin was also in the room with everyone else at the beginning of "Danger" Japanese version, so how can he be dead? But, even if he was in the room, he was alone, and it is possible that the rest of the members can't see him. The same is the case in the second era as well. Here, for example, we have a scene where the boys are in the club and V is going outside. Along the way, he pushed Jin, as if he didn't see or recognize him. Also, everything Jin does in the club is either ignored, or no one notices. Now, we can start with the second part of the theory.
"Danger" Korean and Japanese Version
Part II: The Most Beautiful Moment In Life
Now that we have concluded that Jin committed suicide, we will proceed with the second part of the theory which will prove the statement above. Before you start reading the second part, I would suggest that you watch the theory "Jin is dead" from Justt Ally, which inspired my theory. It will help you understand the things I am about to write. For those who don't want to watch it, I will talk about those things as well, but I may leave out some parts. Also, I will add some things that I found out and find relevant for the theory.
Justt Ally's theory "Jin is dead"
I Need U
This video deals with the boys' struggle after they found out that Jin died. At the start of this MV, we can see that the boys are split once again. The video is a mixture of the current reality and the boys' memories of their time together. The remaining members are all coping with the situation in their own way. Some of them are acting suicidal: Suga is playing with the lighter, Jimin is in the bathtub and burns all of the precious photographs, and J-Hope is taking pills. The others are trying to evade or accept the fact that Jin is no longer with them: Rapmon goes back to work, Jungkook is roaming the streets still in disbelief and trying to come to terms with it, and V is going to his family possibly to find support. The boys are holding everything in, they are trying to suppress their feeling of sadness, but the time comes when they can't hold it in anymore. Everything collapses and takes a turn for the worse. Suga gets overwhelmed, and sets his room on fire. Jimin tried to drown himself, but he wasn't able to do it. J-Hope collapses due to the pills, and he regains consciousness after a while. I believe that Rapmon started smoking after he found out about Jin's death (I will explain this later). He also gets disrespected by the customers at the gas station. Jungkook bumps into a person and thus gets beaten up by those street thugs. Later he gets hit by a car, which will be relevant to the third part of the theory. V comes back home, but witnesses his sister being mistreated by his drunk father. Then, he does the unimaginable. He takes an empty bottle and hits his father. But he doesn't stop there. V then uses the broken bottle and stabs his father to death. All of this just shows us how Jin's death affected the boys and how their lives have changed.
On the other hand, we have Jin and the story from his perspective. He is dressed in white, in an isolated room far from his friends. Here, Jin is dead and on his way to the afterlife, but he has yet to grasp the situation. This is further connected to the white lily which blooms on Jin's shirt at the place where his heart is. This means that the white lily has become a symbol of Jin and his death. The white lily is the flower most commonly associated with funeral services as they symbolize the innocence that has been restored to the soul of the departed. Christians think this flower symbolizes purity, virginity, and the radiance of the soul. It’s believed that the Virgin Mary’s tomb was covered in this flower. After Jin looked through the window, he noticed that something was wrong. After the scenes of the boys' suffering, he realized what was going on. That is why we could see a tear on Jin's face, symbolizing his regret and sadness. Also, there is a scene where Jin is holding 6 petals of the white lily flower, and places them on the floor. The six petals represent his six friends which he left behind after death. That is also why they start burning, symbolizing the fact that the boys are ruining their lives and have strayed from the right path.
But, things won't stay that way forever. The boys are trying to change and overcome Jin's death. That is why we can see J-Hope throwing the pills into the fire, and Rapmon throwing his cigarette on the money. This is also why I believe that Rapmon started smoking after Jin's death. They couldn't show us the scene directly, thus they used a lollipop. But, it is clear as day that the lollipop, which Rapmon threw, became a cigarette when it fell down.
"I Need U" Music Video
I Need U Japanese Version
This MV is intertwined with the happenings in the video above. They are connected and happen almost simultaneously. In the Japanese version, you can see the boys in a room full of flowers. Once again, the boys are separate. We can see J-Hope in front of the mirror, and later, he is sitting on the floor which is covered with pills, and he even starts crying. This scene is very similar to the one in "I Need U" Korean version. Then, we have Jimin in front of the bathtub which is filled with flowers and petals. He even takes out a petal of the white lily flower, which represents him mourning the death of Jin and his thought of drowning in the bathtub. Next, we have Suga sitting beside a painting of the white lily flower, which later starts burning. This also symbolizes Jin's death. Later, we have a scene where Suga stands in front of the burning painting, and it looks like he is burning together with it. This can be connected to the scene in "I Need U" Korean version where Suga burns his room and stands in the middle of it all. But, it can also represent the fact how strongly Jin's death influenced him and left him scarred. Rapmon can be seen beside a mirror with a writing on it. "You need to survive" is written, just like in "Prologue" and "Reflection".
Then, we have Jungkook sitting, and later lying, in a bed of flowers. This is similar to the scene after Jungkook got beaten up in "I Need U" Korean version. Then, Jungkook starts crying and even sets the white lily he was holding on fire. Taking into account the fact that the flower represents Jin and his death, it is clear that Jungkook is crying because of that. Lastly, we have V. He is seen sitting in a room surrounded with flowers. He is alone and depressed, and he looks into the empty space as if someone was supposed to be there, as if someone is missing. Later, we have a scene of him throwing six petals of the white lily flower. This can be connected to the scene where he killed his father. It could mean that after the murder, he grew distant. Unlike the other members who can start anew, V committed a crime, so there is no turning back for him anymore.
Jin is shown waking up in a bed covered with white lilies, and you are already familiar with the symbolism of that flower. Moreover, everything around him is pitch black. This, once again, shows us that Jin died, and is on his way to the afterlife, just like in "I Need U" Korean version. At the end of the MV, we can see Jin and a butterfly flying from his hands towards the light. Now, I will discuss the meaning of the butterfly. Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Christianity considers the butterfly as a symbol for the soul, but also the symbol of resurrection. To wit, the butterfly is depicted on ancient Christian tombs, as Christ has been illustrated holding a butterfly in Christian art. Also, butterflies symbolize the passing of a loved one, or life struggles that people have endured to emerge as a better person. This could explain the scene in the MV "For You" which I mentioned before with Jungkook and the butterfly.
"I Need U" Japanese Version
This video is the continuation of "I Need U" Korean version. It starts off with the scene of V washing away all of the blood on his hands. He then takes his cellphone, and calls one of the hyungs, possibly Rapmon, since it was indicated in "I Need U" that they are very close. Note that this MV is not like any of the ones we had so far. It consists of the current reality where V just killed his father, and Jin is dead, and the imaginary world which was created by Jin, V, and possibly even Jungkook (I will explain why later). This imaginary world was formed due to their wish and longing for the long lost peaceful days, but Jin doesn't realize that. It partly reflects their mental state, and is also affected by the happenings in the current reality in the form of meaningless, disguised actions.
Firstly, we have V lying all alone on a mattress, looking at a photograph of his mother and him when he was a baby. He then crumpled up the photograph. This symbolizes V being all alone after killing his father. Then, the other BTS members quickly rush to him, helping him stand up on his feet again. Rapmon even asks him "What are you doing?". All of this is born from V's wish that his friends were there with him. The fact that Rapmon was the one that helped him stand up is also connected to the fact that Rapmon was the one V called at the beginning of the MV. After that, Jungkook spots Jin who is capturing all of that on his camera. This is a mixture of V, Jungkook and Jin's wish for them all to be together like before. This is a world where Jin hasn't died which was created by those three. Thus the saying "You can smile as long as we're together".
The next scenes show all of the boys having fun and enjoying themselves just like in the past. It's as if nothing ever happened at all. But, as Jin was filming a butterfly, the recording suddenly started going backwards. This is the first sign which indicated that this world was fabricated, nothing more than their imagination. This is also the moment when Jin noticed that something was wrong, but he doesn't know what. Suddenly, all of the boys were gone and the place was completely empty. Only a plastic bag flying through the air could be seen. After that we have a scene of them all sitting together, but V is isolated from the rest. He seems different and depressed. Moreover, while standing alone, he is very close to the edge, which may indicate that he is on the brink of falling into the abyss.
After that, we return to the current reality. Here we have Rapmon who writes "You need to survive" on a mirror. But, then we go back to the imaginary world again which is a bit different than the first time. Now we can see the meaningless and disguised actions I wrote about, which are actually the happenings in the current reality. We can see the BTS members all sitting around a fire, but they seem a bit down, especially Suga who is once again holding a lighter. I believe that this represents the boys' suicidal behavior in "I Need U". But, the fire was put out by Jungkook who was the voice of reason during that time. This will further be explained in "Run". The next important part are the photographs the boys take. First we have the photograph of all of them together by the car. Then we have a photo of Jin and Suga in the car that Rapmon took while they were at the patrol station. At the end of the MV, we have Jin sitting alone in the car. He takes out the photo with Suga, but finds out that he is the only one on the photograph. This is the moment when he realized that this was all a fantasy, and that reality was different.
In the next scene we have Jungkook who is starring at the sky through a ring he formed from his fingers. This part is most likely Jungkook's fantasy. He is sitting together with Suga and is smiling so happily. This was created from Jungkook's wish to make up with Suga after their fight in "Run". Then, they woke the others up to enjoy the view together. But, suddenly V got the idea to climb on top of the steel tower. Even though everyone told him to come down, he didn't do it. Once he was on the top, he glanced at the other members, smiled, and jumped. This scene is one of the major ones in "Prologue". This jump is connected to V killing his father, which can metaphorically be seen as a jump into the abyss. This is yet another seemingly meaningless action which is actually a reflection of a happening in the current reality.
On Stage Prologue Music Video
This MV is closely intertwined with "I Need U" and "Prologue". It shows us the boys' behavior after Jin's death, but this is just a facade. They are acting all happily, playing and fooling around, vandalizing, running away etc. We even have a scene of them misbehaving in a tunel and vandalizing people's cars. But in reality, when they are alone, they all act like in "I Need U" - they are suicidal, evading or trying to accept Jin is dead. This is also noticeable in a scene where J-Hope is lying on the bed in his room. In the background, you can notice an IV stand with a bag. This is connected to J-Hope's problem with pills and overdose (this will further be talked about in the third part of the theory). They are trying to suppress their emotions and don't want to show their weak side, thus their behavior in "Run". They don't know how to accept the fact that Jin is no longer there, so they just ignore that fact. This may be indicated when V crosses out Jin with the red spray. They go back to their past mischievous behavior, causing trouble for the police and running away from them. Ultimately, they don't even care what happens to them even if they get caught, just like V and Rapmon showed us in the video.
As for Jin, here, he is still unaware of the effect he caused on the boys and has yet to grasp the situation. He is constantly watching over the boys, but doesn't realize that he is not physically there. When the boys were running away after vandalizing people's cars, it looks like Jin is the one who drove them. But in reality, it was Rapmon, as you can see only five of the boys in the back of the car. Jin is there only in spirit. He is also the only one who doesn't do anything destructive. That is also why he is calmly making that house of cards, but V is the one who destroys it as he is the one who committed the worst crime. That house of cards symbolizes Jin's unawareness and fantasy that all is well and fine. With knocking it down, V is showing Jin that he is oblivious to the whole situation. This can also be connected to their song "House of Cards".
Lyrics from "House of Cards"
"Insecure again, dangerous again
So bad (why), us, yeah
Enduring more, holding out
So hard (hard), we can’t
Even if you already knew
We couldn’t stop
No way, no way, no way, falling
As time passes by
We only mess it up even more
No way, no way, it’s collapsing again
A house made of cards, and us inside
Even if you say you see the end, even if you say it’ll collapse soon
A house made of cards, and stupidly, us
Even if you say it’s a useless dream, just stay a little more like this"
During their time together, the boys made special bonds with each other, which could also be seen in "I Need U" and "Prologue" - Suga and Jungkook, Rapmon and V, Jimin and J-Hope. We even have a scene where Jimin comes to J-Hope looking for support. He acts like a small child which just had a nightmare and came to his parents who would protect him. That is why they start the pillow fight. But, this is not the solution to their problem. It just prolongs the effect. They are just evading the problem itself. We also have a scene when Jimin opened the door of the bathroom and found all of the members there. They pulled him in and they started playing around. In fact, this scene is a memory of their time together that Jimin remembered, because a photograph of that same scene can be seen in "Young Forever". Also, at the end of the MV, Jimin looks at a photo of them together. It is the same scene as in "Prologue", but Jin is not on the photograph. It shows us that they are most likely aware of the situation, but refuse to acknowledge it. Thus, Jimin burns that photo, which brings us to the scene in "I Need U". That is also why, when Rapmon takes out the card with the butterfly, things start to go wrong. This card actually reminded them of Jin and everything they have been suppressing. That is why a fight between Suga and Jungkook broke out.
Jungkook was the first to question their behavior. He was the voice of reason and the first to realize that what they are doing is wrong. When confronting Suga with this, they started to fight. Suga is still not ready to accept the situation, thus he wants to remain oblivious. Jungkook desperately tries to bring Suga to reason, but it is futile. Thus, Suga throws the chair, breaking the mirror. In the mirror, we can see white-blue roses. One of their meanings is that they symbolize the impossible, or the unattainable. Since the blue rose itself is a rarity in nature, it stands for something that is hardly within one's grasp, an object that seems too difficult to be achieved. Thus the blue rose is admired and revered as an unrealizable dream. This means that the boys' dream of a happy and carefree life is impossible. Thus, the house of cards that Jin made collapses signalizing that it is futile trying to maintain something that is impossible to begin with. This is also the moment Jin becomes aware of his mistake and foolish fantasy.
After his fight with Suga, Jungkook is left alone on the floor. Then the whole picture of them fooling around flashes before him. We see the others partying in the room in front of Jungkook, and after zooming in and out, they all disappeared. Jungkook understood that their way of doing things is deviant, and that they need to stop. They are running, running away from the problem, from emotions, from themselves. Thus the name of the song - Run. This all is the reason why Jungkook is the only one who noticed Jin's presence, his spirit. Also, at the end, he is the only one who turned around as he is the only one who fully understands the situation. But there is also one more reason why, which I will tell you in part three of the theory. It also explains why in Jungkook's imaginary world, in "Prologue", he wished for him and Suga to be in good terms again.
Lastly, we have V. The whole MV starts off with V, dressed completely in black and surrounded with darkness, falling into the water. This represents his fall into the abyss when he murdered his father, as indicated with the jump in "Prologue". This can also be the reason why there is "Wasted youth enter the void" written on the wall in the video. "Wasted youth" is used to represent V and the crime he committed, thus wasting his youth and ruining his life. "Enter the void" represents him falling into the abyss, ending up in nothingness, and emptiness. Throughout the whole video, V is in the water, unable to escape, and struggling for air. V is drowning in that darkness and despair. This symbolizes his struggles, as well as him losing his way after the crime. He is no longer able to break free. He is lost, and there is no one to help him. At the end of the MV, he gets out of the water, but the atmosphere is gloomy. He is no longer the cheerful V we know. He has changed. That experience has changed him completely.
When the BTS members were watching this MV, Rapmon stated that the scene of V falling into water is connected to him throwing ice into coke. The ice that falls into the coke represents V who falls into the water. In the coke, the ice would melt and dissolve. In a similar manner, V "dissolves" in the water, more precisely, his personalty. During that experience of drowning, V changes. His old personality gets lost, and he emerges from the water as a completely changed and new person, just like I said before.
"Run" Music Video
Run Japanese Version
This MV shows us the mental state of the BTS members during and after the murder. All of the boys are isolated and completely alone. First, we have Rapmon in a phone booth. He is shocked and surprised. He may have picked up V's call from "Prologue" or just found out about the murder, thus his reaction. He is at a loss for words and in a state of shock. He can't believe that something like that could happen, as shown when he falls on the ground. The same goes for the rest as well. J-Hope is in a room full of feathers, completely out of it. Suga is in a room covered with broken mirror shards, waiting for someone to help him out of this mess. Jungkook is shown holding and crumbling a rose in his hand. Later, he drops the crumbled parts. Jimin is in a water tank, drowning and trying to come out. But when he finally succeeds, "Youth not coming back" is written on the tank. This is his realization of the whole situation which he refused to acknowledge in "Run". That is why youth is not coming back. Their days with Jin will not return, because he is gone now, and V is drifting further away from them as well.
As for V, he is also apart from the rest of the boys. He is in a white room full of writings and quotes on the walls. I believe that these scenes actually represent V's final call for help. He is desperately writing those messages on the walls, but no one is going to save him from that mess. Some of those messages are very interesting - Collapsing, Hoi doei (which means "Hey bye" in Dutch), Nevermind, In bloom (the name of Nirvana's album and one of their songs from that same album), The end, Regret, Save me from myself, and others which could not be seen or read. The one I found of significant meaning was the quote from the book "The Catcher in the Rye":
"The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one."— Mr. Antolini from "The Catcher in the Rye"
This quote has a very strong meaning, especially given the situation V is in right now. He had just lost one of his best friends who, by my belief, committed suicide. The quote itself refers to the fact that once a person is dead, they can no longer fight for anything. If a person does have a cause to fight nobly for, it would be immature of him to die for that one cause. Instead, we should live for it. In essence, it is important that we see the difference between dying for something, and living for something. It is only through living that a person can make a difference. This may be referring to Jin and his death. I believe this is the first time since Jin's death that V let his emotions run wild, because he was suppressing them all the time. More so after the crime. But, that is not all. In that book, the main character Holden was thinking about committing suicide after the death of his brother Allie. This may mean that V thought of doing the same thing, and fought internally. Maybe that is also the reason why he was desperately crying out for help. Eventually, due to that quote, V gave up on that idea, since we can see that he crossed out he word "die" and wrote "live" instead. But, that still does not change the fact or make it easier that he murdered his father.
If you identify Jin with Allie Caulfield from "The Catcher in the Rye", you can notice some similarities. For those who haven't read the book, here is some background information about this character. Allie was Holden’s, the main character's younger brother who died of leukemia when he was eleven and Holden was thirteen. The night of his death, Holden broke all the windows in the garage and had to be hospitalized. Allie was red-haired and left-handed. He wrote poems on his baseball glove in green ink, which is one of the objects Holden treasured the most throughout the book. He was described as the nicest, sweetest and most intelligent kid by Holden. The first similarity between Allie and Jin is that they both died young. They were both described/pictured as very nice, sweet, and innocent. But, here is the real connection. Other than being the ones who left a dear friend(s) behind after death, they are also the ones who watch over him/them after death. They are both like guardian angels. Here is an excerpt from the book, when Holden was on rock-bottom and was walking down the street thinking about disappearing, which explains that:
An excerpt from "The Catcher in the Rye"
Every time I came to the end of a block and stepped off the curb, I had this feeling that I'd never get to the other side of the street. I thought I'd just go down, down, down, and nobody'd ever see me again. Boy, did it scare me. You can't imagine. Then I started doing something else. Every time I'd get to the end of a block I'd make believe I was talking to my brother Allie. I'd say to him, "Allie, don't let me disappear. Please, Allie."
Here, Allie is like a guardian angel for Holden, keeping him connected to the world. In that way, Allie is the one acting like the catcher in the rye: because he’s eternally dead and eternally innocent, he’s somehow keeping Holden from going over his own cliff, from going “down, down, down”. But to further understand this statement, I will explain the meaning of the "catcher in the rye". When Holden was asked about his dream job, he answered that he would want to be a catcher in the rye. Here is that paragraph from the book:
Holden's dream job
I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all.
The cliff, for Holden, would represent mistakes children make in their lives, whether simplistic, or ones that could change their lives forever. Holden wants to be the person who stands at the edge of the cliff insuring that the children do not run blindly, or at all, over the side, and ruin their lives. Essentially, Holden wants to be able to protect those younger than him, for it seems he still has hope for those like Phoebe, his younger sister. But, Holden's biggest problem is that he can't save anyone else, because he is unable to save himself first. You can't except from an unstable and incomplete person to be able to take care of others and be their support. Holden wants to be for someone what Allie is to him, a guardian, a catcher in the rye. The same applies to Jin and V. After seeing his mother being abused, V wanted to save her, but in the process, he just made it worse for himself. He is unable to save himself, let alone someone else. Jin, on the other hand, is watching over all of the BTS members, like in "Run". Jin is their catcher in the rye, but he failed to "catch" V due to his unawareness at that time.
Concerning Jin in the MV, he is shown at the moment of his realization. He has understood what has happened, what he has caused, and he is trying to comprehend it. He is witnessing all of the boys' sufferings and is blaming himself, feeling regret. At the moment when Jungkook crushed the rose, a distorted ink painting of a butterfly appeared behind Jin. On the ink, it's written Goodbye and Hoi doei. You can also see a few butterflies flying away. Jin was the one who "tainted" and crushed their souls. He is the main cause of this all.
"Run" Japanese Version
This MV also shown us the mental state of the boys as well as their internal struggles. The BTS members are located in a huge labyrinth. This represents the fact that they are lost. They are stuck in there and can't find a way out, just like in reality. But, they are finally able to confront their problem, thus we are shown the most important parts from the previous videos. Some are slowly coming to terms with it, while the others are ready to rid themselves of their suicidal behavior. Suga has burned all of the photographs as if leaving it all in the past, J-Hope has thrown away his pills, and Jimin has stopped trying to drown himself. They are all moving on, for better or for worse. Jin is no exception. Slowly, one by one, they find the exit and are leaving the maze. But, the one left behind is V.
He is still somewhere inside, far away from the exit. This is no surprise considering what he has gone through. After some time, V has finally managed to break free. This is also symbolized by the single bird which flies through the sky (2:34). If you noticed in the MV before, birds have been used as a representation of the BTS members. The birds were shown in "Run" Korean version (0:43) and even at the beginning of this video (0:27). Also, this one bird actually shows us V who was late and far behind the rest of the boys, but it can also mean that he has become isolated and has separated from the rest. A single bird can also be seen in "Prologue" right before V climbed the steel tower and jumped (8:57). Even though V has found the exit, he has changed. He is no longer the V we know, and he is different from the rest of the boys. He gives off a different kind of aura than before. This is indicated with the scene where everyone except V is upside down while V is approaching the boys. Also, at the end of the MV, when all of them are running happily after they rid themselves of the burden and starting their lives anew, V is the only one who looks behind.
"Young Forever" Music Video
Part III: Wings
This is the final part of the theory. Here, I will be connecting the MVs to Hermann Hesse's "Demian", so for those who haven't read the book, here is a short summary: "Demian" short summary. It is very important that you read it, since it may be difficult to understand the connections I made otherwise. Also, note that these MVs show scenes which represent the members' mental state. All of these scenes happen before "Young Forever" as a result of the happenings before, and are also a prelude to "Blood, Sweat and Tears" and the songs to come.
Short Film: Begin
From here on out, it is important to consider the existence of the two worlds as written in "Demian" - the world of light, and the forbidden realm. These short films are a prelude. They show us that the boys are approaching the forbidden realm and getting closer and closer to it. Also, these 7 short films each represent a certain stage from "Demian". As you already read, the story centers around a boy, Emil Sinclair, and his search for himself. Every chapter shows one of those stages which we have to experience to get to that goal. Those stages are also indicated by the names of the short films. As the first one is "Begin", it portrays the beginning of the story, as well as the beginning of Emil's change later in the story. But, for the boys to find themselves, they have to enter the other realm, just like Emil, and that is why they are inching ever closer to it. That is also symbolized by the whistling at the beginning of the MV. This whistling is actually a sign of the forbidden realm. In the first chapter of the book, Emil was molested and blackmailed by Franz Kromer, the personification of the other realm. Every time Kromer would drag Emil to an abandoned building asking for money, he would signal Emil with whistling. That would mark Emil's entering of the forbidden realm. Here, the forbidden realm is calling out to Jungkook.
The next scene shows Jungkook waking up after dreaming of a sparrow hawk and a car crash. Now I will return to the scene in "I Need U" when Jungkook was hit by a car. I believe that Jungkook died at that moment, or is in a coma. Thus his dream of a car crash and the shattered glass. Also, when he woke up, Jungkook was dressed the same way Jin was when he died, located in a similar isolated room, waking up on a bed. There is also a picture of the sparrow hawk on his chest just like the white lily Jin had. There is even a scene of a piano burning. This is similar to the scenes of the white lily burning, which symbolize Jin's death. If we consider the piano as a symbol for Jungkook, since he was seen playing it in "Danger", then it burning would have the same meaning - Jungkook's death, or an indicator that he will die.
Additionally, Jungkook picks up a drawing from the floor. The drawing actually portrays Suga, but with blood on it. This is due to the fact that Jungkook had a fight with him prior to the accident. That is also why I believed that "Prologue" was partly Jungkook's fantasy, since he regretted not making up with Suga. After that, the scene suddenly changes. In front of Jungkook is a painting, a portrait of someone. There are a lot of speculations who it actually is, but I believe that things will get clearer after reading the extract from "Demian" concerning this scene. This scene is very similar to the one in the book when Emil is drawing a portrait of Beatrice. At first, Emil wanted to draw a portrait of his muse and first love Beatrice, but he gradually noticed that the painting didn't look like her, but someone else.
Emil's description of the painting
As I sat down in front of the completed painting, it had an odd effect on me. It resembled a kind of image of God or a holy mask, half male, half female, ageless, as purposeful as it was dreamy, as rigid as it was secretly alive. This face seemed to have a message for me, it belonged to me, it was asking something of me. It bore a resemblance to someone, yet I did not know whom. For a time this portrait haunted my thoughts and shared my life.
After a certain period, Emil found out who the painting resembled. It was Demian, the one who awoke Emil and pointed him to the right path - that of self-discovery. Demian is certainly the most mysterious and important character in the whole book. He is the one who guides Emil and supports him throughout the journey.
The portrait resembles Demain
Then one morning, as I awoke from one of these dreams, I suddenly recognized it. Why had it taken me so long? It was Demian's face. Later I often compared the portrait with Demian's true features as I remembered them. They were by no means the same even though there was a resemblance. Nonetheless, it was Demian.
But, as the book progressed, it was not only Demian that the portrait resembled. More and more, Emil could recognize himself on that painting.
The portrait resembles Emil
I sat facing it for a long time, and gradually I began to sense that this was neither Beatrice nor Demian but myself. Not that the picture resembled me--I did not feel that it should--but it was what determined my life, it was my inner self, my fate or my daemon. That's what my life and death would be like, this was the tone and rhythm of my fate.
The portrait in "Begin" was never made to just represent one person. It was made as a mixture. That is why all of the fans have different approaches, and they are all partly correct. For me, the portrait is a mixture of Jungkook and V. Just like in the book, I believe that Jungkook is very close to Emil's character, whereas V is somewhat similar to Demian's, but with a great difference, which I will explain later.
Looking at the painting, Jungkook suddenly remembered the burning piano, as if he realized that he died/is in a coma. Out of shock, he drops the drawing of Suga. Then, the painting starts burning as well. This scene connects to Jungkook's realization that he is dead/in a coma, since the portrait resembles him. The next scene shows us Jungkook starring at the burning painting when a flock of crows flies by. This further proves the former statement. The crow is usually considered a bad omen and a symbol of death. Then, we have, once again, a single bird flying through a red sky. Just like before, this bird symbolizes V, but the red sky is something new. This shows us that V has changed, just like it was indicated in "Young Forever". The moment he changed is actually during "Stigma". Right after that, we are shown the portrait, since it partly resembles V. The fact that this scene is shown in this short film with Jungkook could indicate that Jungkook will change, just like V did, similar to how Emil changed, just like Demian did.
After everything has passed, Jungkook takes the drawing from the floor again. But, it is no more a drawing of Suga, but of a sparrow hawk. He then puts the drawing into an envelope with wings on the back. The sparrow hawk is an important symbol used in "Demian". The bird represents a desire to break free, to be independent - what Emil and Demian have been trying to achieve and succeeded in. This is further connected to the sparrow hawk on Jungkook's shirt. Just like with Emil (in the book the sparrow hawk was on the archway above the door to Emil's house), that desire was with Jungkook all along, but he didn't know. That is also the reason why I believe that Jungkook is very close to Emil's character.
The symbolism of the sparrow hawk
That night I dreamed of Demian and the coat of arms. It kept changing continuously. Demian held it in his hand, often it was diminutive and gray, often powerful and varicolored, but he explained to me that it was always one and the same thing. In the end he obliged me to eat the coat of arms! When I had swallowed it, I felt to my horror that the heraldic bird was coming to life inside me, had begun to swell up and devour me from within. Deathly afraid I started up in bed, awoke.
That is all connected to the next and last scene in this short film. It shows us a boy, and on his shadow, he had wings. Just like in Emil's dream, the bird was coming to life inside him. This is also indicated with the circle symbols at the end of the short films. Jungkook's circle represents a bird, a sparrow hawk. All of this is closely connected to the famous quote from "Demian".
"The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world. The bird flies to God. That God's name is Abraxas."— Max Demian
Jungkook's Short Film: Begin
Short Film: Lie
The short film starts of with a landscape picture. This picture is actually a representation of the forbidden realm. We see Jimin sitting and being interrogated/questioned with multiple picture cards. Could this be a treatment of some kind? The first card shows Jungkook's circle. When questioned about it, Jimin just smiles and shakes his head. But, in reality, his real thoughts are different. The scenes shown in the negative filter are Jimin's real thoughts and state of mind. He acts as if he has no idea what they are talking about, but inside his mind, he is going crazy, suffocating, asking for help... He reacts the same way when he was shown his own circle which represents an apple. Then he is shown in a treatment room, but the bed beside his is empty. Jimin is shown J-Hope's circle with Eva written on it. This time, Jimin's reaction is different, since it is obvious from the MVs before that they are/were very close. Jimin looks at the empty bed, and a glass with pills appears on the screen. This indicated that J-Hope is currently undergoing a treatment as well, to help him overcome his pill addiction.
Then, we are shown a sign which points to Pulkkot Arboretum 2.1 km far away. If you look it up, you can find that Pulkkot has several meanings: it can mean Hibiscus, or a type of Chinese Rose, also called "Rose of Sharon". The Rose of Sharon has a biblical origin, it was used as a term to refer to Christ, but it was also mentioned in the song of Solomon. The term Arboretum is a botanical garden devoted to trees. If you connect these two terms, they could represent the world of light, a paradise, or even the Garden of Eden. I believe this scene was used to show us just how far away from the world of light the boys are, and they are just getting further and further away. Also, it could represent the place they were at in "I Need U" Japanese version, since it was full of flowers.
This is connected to the second phase in the book which is represented in this short film. The first contact with the forbidden realm and Emil's fall into the other world from which he can no longer escape all started with his lie. To impress the other boys, Emil lied that he stole apples from an old man's garden. This was later used by Kromer to blackmail Emil. This is also why the short film is named "Lie". Just like Emil, Jimin has ended up in the forbidden realm, away from the world of light, and he can't return. He is desperate and lost, just like Emil was at that time. This is also shown with the lyrics of the song.
Lyrics from the song "Lie"
"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 the me who’s being punished"
That is why we can see the scenes of him pillow fighting just like in "Run", but this time Jimin is alone. J-Hope is no longer with him. Then we see the burning piano, symbolizing that he is also suffering because of Jungkook's unexpected accident.
I already mentioned the fact that Jimin is going crazy because of all this. Thus the apple, Jimin's symbol, which falls into the water and into the forbidden realm, as the landscape picture was shown right after (they showed it as if we were going to enter the picture itself). It represents Jimin's drowning mentally because of all what's happened. We can also see the water falling backwards. Jimin is completely wet. That is also why he was wet in "Young Forever" which takes place after this. Moreover, while Jimin is dancing, the path tub behind him is overflowing. But, the water suddenly starts returning symbolizing Jimin suppressing it all once again, and Jimin falls into the bath tub himself, kind of like the apple. This is connected to his previous suicide attempts, as well as him drowning mentally.
After that, Jimin was shown inside the distorted landscape picture. This symbolizes him being inside of the forbidden realm. He is standing in water with his circle behind him. The quote which appears afterwards tells us that Jimin needs a guide, someone who will free him from this chaos, just like Emil needed.
"Please stop me, please guide me, please let me breathe."— from the song
Jimin is then shown biting an apple. This may symbolize him accepting the forbidden realm, as we know that the apple is mostly associated with sin. That is why Jimin turns the video camera towards the landscape picture, the other world, and gazes at it as well. It is as if he has decided to step into that world willingly. That is also why his circle represents an apple.
Jimin's Short Film: Lie
Short Film: Stigma
This short film represents the third stage from "Demian". It is connected to the scene when Demian talks about Cain's mark. Demian's alternate explanation of this mark is as one of distinction, rather than shame. This motif extends beyond the biblical mark of Cain. Demian often tells Sinclair that he bears a certain mark. Similarly, Frau Eva recognizes Sinclair immediately upon meeting him, presumably because of this mark. This mark is intended to distinguish Sinclair as special. Similarly, the term stigma can mean a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person, and marks corresponding to those left on Christ's body by the Crucifixion.
The short film starts off with V trying to remove the writing "Abraxas" when he is caught by the police. Abraxas is a god who combines good and evil. His symbolic task is the uniting of godly and devilish elements, as explained in the book.
Demian's thoughts about God
During the last period of our friendship Demian had said that we had been given a god to worship who represented only one arbitrarily separated half of the world (it was the official, sanctioned, luminous world), but that we ought to be able to worship the whole world; this meant that we would either have to have a god who was also a devil, or institute a cult of the devil alongside the cult of god.
Please note that there are 2 different V's in this short film. The next scene shows us V dressed in white, running around, completely lost. Then, he suddenly gets beaten up. In his eye, we could see the picture of Eva, the same one we will get to see in "Mama". Frau Eva represents that very goal for which Sinclair is striving. This may represent V's longing for Eva - that final goal, those characteristics, that timelessness. But, it may also represent his longing for a haven or shelter, since Frau Eva represents a motherly figure as well, and we know that in "Demian" Emil's mother's lap represents shelter from the forbidden realm.
The locked up telephone booth is connected to V calling his hyung at the beginning of "Prologue". Is it possible that no one actually picked up? After that, we are shown V's memories of his life with his family - his father, a drunkard, and his abused sister. Then. the scene returns to the white V again. After he was beaten up, he is lying on the ground. Then, a white little puppy approaches him, and V starts cuddling with him. This actually shows us his innocent and pure side. Then, a huge cage falls on him, locking the pure and innocent V up.
The other V, who is completely dressed up in black appears, as we are shown the scenes of violence and abuse. We can also see the scenes from "Danger" when V cut his hair. This black V, is completely different from the pure V. He is violent and merciless. That is why he is seen dropping glass from his hand, which completely shatters. Why am I dividing them like this?
Fight Club: The Narrator getting beaten up by Tyler
It's because I believe V formed a split personality during the course of time, especially after the murder. The scene where the white V is being beaten up is very similar to the scene in "Fight Club", when the main character, who developed a split personality, gets beaten up by that second personality. The other, black V, is the one who locks the white V up. He suppresses his pure and innocent self, so that the violent and merciless personality can surface. But, that does not mean that the pure V is gone forever, just like the song says: "Even if I hide it, even if I disguise it, it isn't erased".
Also, the text from the song "Whalien 52" which appears after that is connected to this as well. "There are only different whales speaking entirely different words" could mean that even when V shouted out for help, no one understood and no one helped him. Thus, he formed a split personality. One more reason why I believe that this is the case is because of his circle. His circle is cut into 2 halves, indicating his 2 personalities. At the end of the short film, V asks for one phone call. Who could he possibly call?
V's Short Film: Stigma
Short Film: First Love
This short film represents the stage from "Demian" when Emil was looking for a substitute guide. He was no longer in contact with Demian and has strayed from his path once again. At that time, he encountered a woman who he named Beatrice. From that point onward, Emil starts worshiping her. She was his first love and foundation that he needed.
It starts off with Suga breaking into a small shop. Also, note that there is the album cover of Pink Floyd's album "Wish You Were Here" at the entrance. This is not the first time Pink Floyd has been connected to BTS. On this album, songs which are connected to BTS are "Welcome to the machine" and "Wish You Were Here". The first song is connected to "N.O", as the boys are struggling to escape from that "machine" called society. The other song is connected to Jin's death and the boys' wish that he was still alive. Also, the cover of the album closely resembles the scene in "Fire" when Suga sets the man in black on fire.
In the shop, Suga starts playing the piano. This may be because he misses Jungkook, who normally played the piano. Then, he hears a whistling, similar to the one in "Begin". The forbidden realm is calling out to Suga as well. When Suga runs out to chase after the sound, a car suddenly approached. Suga dodged the car, but that reminded him of the accident which happened with Jungkook. We hear the sound of a car crashing, and the text "Would I have changed? If I had chosen a different path? If I had stopped and looked back?" appears. This shows us that Suga holds himself responsible for Jungkook's accident. He wonders whether it could have been different if he had acted in a different manner. When the scene returns to Suga again, we can see blood on the street, presumably from the accident. Suga then runs after the car to the place of the accident. At that time the bath tub starts overflowing. Suga's emotions are running wild and all of the memories are coming back to him. He is completely overwhelmed. When he gets to the car, he spots it crashed into the shop he was in earlier. Everything is completely destroyed. The piano he played starts burning as well, symbolizing Jungkook's death/coma. Then we hear the whistling again. It wants to remind Suga of the horrible things that have happened.
At the end of the short film, Suga's circle appears. It represents the piano. But, it combines with Jimin's circle, forming a new one, which now represent a tire track. This actually indicates the new bonds which will be formed in the songs to come. It could also be because Jimin and Suga both lack a guide (considering the stages from the book they represent) and are lost in the forbidden realm.
Suga's Short Film: First Love
Short Film: Reflection
This short film is connected to the stage when Emil Sinclair meets Knauer. Knauer approached him seeking guidance, but Emil had nothing to teach him. Later, Sinclair comes across Knauer, who is ready to commit suicide. He saves Knauer, for which Knauer later displays much gratitude and allegiance. This scene is important in the book because Knauer actually represents Sinclair from the past. He is a reflection of Emil's lost self, before he met Demian. Thus, the name "Reflection".
At the beginning of the short film, Rapmon gets the same drawing of the sparrow hawk like Jungkook in "Begin". Just like Knauer, Emil and other characters, Rapmon wants to break free, as symbolized by the sparrow hawk. That is why he makes a tattoo of the sparrow hawk on his arm. He also made a tattoo in "Danger", which could mean that every time something bad happens to him or he's felling depressed, Rapmon makes a tattoo. Once again, we see a single bird flying through the red sky, the same scene which we had in "Begin" as well. Like I wrote before, it could indicate that Rapmon is going to change, just like V did. After making the tattoo, he burns the drawing and throws it into a cup. This may mean that Rapmon had hope that something could change when he made the tattoo, but gave up on it as he remembered the current situation. Then, Rapmon collapses. Colors similar to the ones on the portrait in "Begin" start flowing from the tattoo he made. This symbolizes the change that will take place, but Rapmon is yet unaware of it. The sparrow hawk is slowly coming to life inside of him, just like it did in Sinclair, even when he was depressed and down. Suddenly, Rapmon opens his eyes, and glass shatters maybe indicating that the process has stopped.
He glances at the writing "You need to survive", which he wrote in "Prologue". I believe that this was the first time Rapmon wanted to try committing suicide. He didn't try, but only thought about it, thus his drinking. In "I Need U", while everyone else was acting suicidal, Rapmon was holding it in. But this time, it caught up to him, and he isn't able to endure it any longer. Looking at the writing, he tries staying alive, he looked at his reflection in the mirrors, but it is too hard. He hates himself and his life as well. He can't cope with the situation any longer. Thus he covers his ears. Even the sound of the firework which is shown is too painful for him. It sounds like the mirrors shattering. He is no longer able to think positively, and converts all happy thoughts and things into depressing ones. He thinks about how much better it would be if he died and everything were destroyed. It could also be that he feels as if everything is falling apart, all the happy things are being destroyed, which could also be portrayed by the shattered mirrors.
He is brought back to reality after hearing the phone ringing. This is the call V was asking for in "Stigma". Rapmon runs to the telephone booth, but it's locked up. He can't pick up the phone no matter how hard he tries. Does this mean that he missed V's call from "Prologue"? After the ringing ended, the word "Liar" appears on the booth. This could indicate that Rapmon betrayed V's trust because he failed to answer his call for help. After that, Rapmon returns to his way of thinking at the beginning of the short film, as shown by the song text: "I wish I could love myself".
At the end, we get to see Rapmon's circle which represents broken glass. This may be connected to the fact that Rapmon has mentally shattered. He started hating himself. His circle then combines with Jungkook's, forming a new circle which represents black ink.
Rap Monster's Short Film: Reflection
Short Film: Mama
This short film represents the stage when Emil meets Frau Eva, Demian's mother. Frau Eva, is Sinclair's ideal woman. She is Sinclair's protector and, for him, the ultimate symbol of love, beauty, and perfection. She is the one who guides all of the people, including Demian. That is why this video is called "Mama".
The short film begins with J-Hope in an isolated cell. He is undergoing a treatment. On the medical report, it is written that J-Hope's mood is anxious and irritable. His thought process is illogical and retarded. He is diagnosed with Munchausen syndrome, a mental disorder in which a person repeatedly and deliberately acts as if he or she has a physical or mental illness when he or she is not really sick. The treatment will be carried out using the placebo effect. Placebo effect, also called the placebo response, is a phenomenon in which a placebo, a fake treatment, can sometimes improve a patient's condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful.
As a treatment process, J-Hope is given lots of pills which he takes. Then, the glass full with pills just like in "Lie" appears again. After that, in J-Hope's eye appears the symbol of Abraxas. The symbol of Abrasax is usually found with a shield, a sphere or wreath and whip, a sword or sceptre, a cock's head, the body clad with armor, and a serpent's tail. This same image can also be seen in "Stigma". The writing "Abraxas" which V wanted to remove was located on a graffiti of that symbol. Suddenly, the room gets covered in colorful smears. It's like the pill triggered the thought of Abraxas and caused J-Hope to imagine such an environment. But, it could also be an after effect of the pill and the treatment.
On the wall, if you pay really close attention, you can notice something appearing for a split second (1:09). I believe it's the painting of Eva in a negative filter, which we also got to see in "Stigma". This, just like with V, may represent J-Hope's longing for Eva - that final goal, those characteristics, that timelessness. But, it may also represent their longing for a haven or shelter, since Frau Eva represents a motherly figure as well, and we know that in "Demian" Emil's mother's lap represents shelter from the forbidden realm.
J-Hope, in such an environment, feels out of place, he seems confused and scared. The surrounding suddenly starts changing colors and lots of strange motifs appear. For a split second, you can notice wings appearing on J-Hope (1:19). This is a very important scene which will be relevant later as well. Then, we have scenes of J-Hope going crazy. He is trying to break out, destroying and running into the walls, even screaming. After he exhausted himself, he fell down. After waking up, J-Hope gazes through the small window in the room. What he sees is the same landscape picture which we had in "Lie". He exits the room and walks towards it, looking at it the whole time. He takes out a chocolate bar, showing us that he is over his pill addiction, and smirks. Then he walks away.
This indicates J-Hope's decision to head towards the forbidden realm which was symbolized by the picture. But, he is different from Jimin, since his actual goal is Eva. He intents to get to Eva by going through the forbidden realm. That is why the landscape picture turns into Eva. This shows us that Eva is his final goal, and the forbidden realm only a means of achieving that goal. This also shows us that all those painful experiences and bad things from the forbidden realm are necessary in order to get to Eva, just like it was explained in "Demian".
Frau Eva's thoughts on the journey
"Is the way as difficult as this for everybody?" She stroked my hair. "It is always difficult to be born. You know the chick does not find it easy to break his way out of the shell. Think back and ask yourself: Was the way all that difficult? Was it only difficult? Wasn't it beautiful, too? Can you think of a more beautiful and easier way?" I shook my head. "It was difficult, it was hard until the dream came. " She nodded. "Yes, you must find your dream, then the way becomes easy."
This is also connected to J-Hope's circle which has Eva written on it. It then combines with V's forming a new circle which represents a painting/dripping colors.
Something similar can later be seen in the "Live Trilogy Episode III Wings Tour" when black ink starts dripping on the background.
But, it can also connect to the color drops which will come from the members' eyes and statues as well in "Live Trilogy Episode III Wings Tour" and "Blood, Sweat and Tears".
J-Hope's Short Film: Mama
Short Film: Awake
This short film represents the last stage of the journey. Here, Emil has finally found the him he was searching for. He has awoken to his real self, thus the name "Awake".
The short film starts off with Jin sitting at a table. In front of him is an apple which Jin wanted to bite, but stopped and dropped it on the floor. The apple has a strong meaning, similar to the one in "Lie". The apple is a representation of the forbidden realm, but it is also a necessary means of coming to Abraxas. I already explained that Abraxas is a God that combines good and evil. Biting the apple would mean accepting the forbidden realm. That way, you get one step closer to Abraxas. But, here we have Jin who refused to do so. Instead, he gazes at the white lily and takes a photo. After he found out and realized that he died, Jin is in a phase of denial and ignoring. He wants to redirect his thoughts by going back to his old behavior prior to his realization. But darkness starts enveloping the room. A writing on the mirror is shown: "You need to survive" - the same one we had in "Prologue", "Reflection" and "I Need U" Japanese version.
Jin then returns to the room he first woke up in. He says that he didn't have a dream. This refers to his life before death. It could mean that he lived a miserable life, explaining why he committed suicide. After the doors close, we can see lots of scratch marks on them. He then takes the 6 petals like in "I Need U", places them on the floor and burns them. The next scenes shows him lying on the bed, with the world spinning around. Jin is restless, lost and scared. This is all supported by the scene with the bird flying in the window which was shown in his eye. He is like an animal locked inside a cell he can't escape from. He wants to be free like that bird. He yearns for that freedom, and for his friends. When he then opens the curtains, he finds a water-like mirror. I still don't know what it means, but I believe we will get more hints about it in the MVs to come.
When Jin leaves the room, we can see that the corridor changed. It is now a one way towards the sparrow hawk and the walls are covered with symbols of Abraxas. Jin approaches the painting, gazing at it. I believe that at this point, Jin has made the decision to accept his fate. That is why he continues walking that path. He is now the bird flying to God Abraxas. That is why this short film resembles Jin's soul finally passing away and finding it's peace.
Another noticeable thing are the little details which connect to the previous short films. I already mentioned the writing on the mirror which matches the one in "Reflection" and the apple which connects the short film to "Lie". In the bedroom, you can also see a piano, which connects the video to "First Love", the painting of Eva we had in "Mama", and the portrait we had in "Begin". A connection is also made with the photographs at the end. We can see the mirror with the writing, the painting of Eva, the apple, the piano, the sparrow hawk, and the scratches on the door. The seventh photograph which would represent Jin is the one of the flower lily he took at the beginning of the short film. I believe that these not only connect to the short films but to the stages in the book as well. That could mean that Jin has gone through all of the phases thus the reason he is able to "fly to God" now. The reason why we don't see the seventh photo is because Jin is currently undergoing that phase.
At the end of the short film, we can see Jin's circle which represents a cage. But, different from the rest of it, this circle combines with all of the circles we had so far and forms a new one which represents a black sphere.
Jin's Short Film: Awake
Now, I want to explain the things I didn't in the short films before. I'll start with the similarity between Demian and V. In the book, Demian is one of the "marked" people. I believe that V is as well, one more reason why his short film is named "Stigma". I believe that V has undergone the same change Demian did, and later Emil as well. He is just like Demian in that regard. But there is a difference between them. I will come to that later.
The reason why the portrait is a mixture of Jungkook and V is the same as in the book where it's a mixture of Emil and Demian. Emil is subconsciously longing to become like Demian, to find himself. To change the same way Demian did, and knowingly be a "marked" person. The same is the case with Jungkook and V. That is why in the book he says that "it was what determined my life, it was my inner self, my fate or my daemon. That's what my life and death would be like, this was the tone and rhythm of my fate." The fate of the marked ones is to find themselves and become like Demian, and I don't mean this literally. For all I know, all of the BTS members are marked. This could be proven by the fact that the word "stigma" appears in "No More Dream", the first MV that came out. They were all marked from the start, just like Emil Sinclair. They are all on this path subconsciously, and on different stages of the path. Some are at the beginning, lost, and some are close to the goal. Only Jin is the one who went through all of the stages and is now on his way to Abraxas - the final stage.
Now, I will return to V and Demian. It may seem strange that V, a murderer, could resemble someone like Demian. If you read the book, this will become more noticeable. But, there is one scene when Demian suggested Emil to kill Kromer in order to break free from his clutches. This shows that Demian would do anything if it was for the greater good, even if it's not ethical. Later, he gives up on that idea, since he saw that Emil would never do that.
Demian telling Emil to kill Kromer
"There's just one more thing I'd like to say to you since we've gotten so far--you ought to get rid of this bastard! If there's no other way of doing it, kill him. It would impress and please me if you did! I'd even lend you a hand."
"Go on home. We'll find a way, even though killing him would be the simplest. In cases like this, the simplest course is always the best."
But, this shows us that the marked ones are not always good people. This is also explained by Demian in the book. He says that it's not the person's choice whether they do good or evil. That is their fate. If it is meant for the progress of the world, it doesn't matter whether it's evil or not. That is the main difference between V and Demian, as V is closer to the other "pole".
Demian's thought on the "marked" people
Men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened. But no one's ready when a new ideal makes itself felt. The few who'll be ready and who'll go forth will be us. That's why we are marked. All men who have had an effect on the course of history were effective only because they were ready to accept the inevitable. It's true of Moses, Buddha, Napoleon and Bismarck. What particular movement one serves and what pole one is directed from are matters outside one's own choice.
This is where the MV "Spring Day" comes to play. It is the continuation of the story, but it happens before the MV "Blood, Sweat and Tears". The reason why will be explained in my next theory Omelas, which will feature the rest of the videos: "Spring Day", "Blood, Sweat and Tears", "Live Trilogy Epsiode III The Wings Tour Trailer" and "Boy Meets Evil", and is a direct continuation of this theory.