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The Meanings of Others and the Anxiety of Subjects in the Television Drama <Orange Marmalade>

Park, Sang-Wan 1

1충남대학교

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ABSTRACT

The television drama <Orange Marmalade> offers a text to show how subjects fulfilled their desire as they tried to reconfirm their self-identity, otherizing vampires and adolescents. Vampires and adolescents were depicted as others in the following patterns and meanings: The vampires have given up bloodsucking and thus weakened with their transcendent abilities lost. They were promised to coexist with human beings for their sacrifice, but the promise has not been kept. Human beings control and manage the vampires like livestock and discriminate them in the application of law. In those aspects, the vampires can be seen as a metaphor of the weak and minor groups in the society subjected to discrimination. They have given up resistance against this irrational world themselves, and what is left with them is to dream of becoming human by seeking after the desire of subjects. Their dream is, however, beyond their reach, which makes them aware of their position as others further. The adolescents make an attempt at becoming students and succeed in their attempt. The otherness of vampires disappears under the keyword of adolescents. As they are included in the self-justification procedure of the older generation represented by the student human rights ordinance, however, they start a recognition procedure to be the right members of society just like the vampires. Once proving they are useful students according to the wishes of the older generation, the adolescents earn the possibility of holding the position of the older generation some day. The adolescents that fail to prove their usefulness as students, on the other hand, get to exist only in the reality outside the television drama. In the end, the vampires' failure in becoming human and the adolescents' success in becoming students show the catastrophic situation of subjects that can forget their ontological anxiety only through otherization.

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