What “Squid Game” is really asking


Stephani Bradley

“Squid Game” focuses on the morality of humanity, debating if humans possess the natural ability to be good or bad.

On Sept. 17, 2021, a Netflix original show by the name of “Squid Game” was released onto the platform, classified as a Korean survival drama television series. It has been trending consistently in the top 10 in the “U.S. Today” category on Netflix since its release, gaining massive attention from all over the world.

So, what is “Squid Game,” and why am I talking about it now?

“Squid Game” focuses on the morality of humanity, debating if humans possess the natural ability to be good or bad.

And murder, it’s bad, right?

Squid Game uses its story to test that question.

Essentially, the show revolves around a game show where there’s an invisible audience. Originally a children’s game, the show’s game morphs into so high stakes that it qualifies as horror. You will get anxious and fearful during the viewing of this show for sure.

But it’s riveting, the competition aspect and watching the characters show their true selves the farther along they get, it’s a part of the best aspect of the show: watching people change.

Some of the people change for the better, some for the worse and there is that sense of watching people and their morality drift.

This is now the territory for those who haven’t watched the show and want to watch it to leave because I will be spoiling the end.

The last episode, “You Are the Horses,” starts off with the truth of the main character’s childhood friend being revealed. And as the deathmatch comes to an obvious win, we find out that Sang Woo, the childhood friend, is not as bad as he was making himself out to be.

And neither is Gi Hun, the main character, going to “break” and turn into a mass of pure rage and murder those he cares about most. In the end, Gi Hun ends up winning.

Do humans possess the natural ability of good or bad? That is the question that will never have an answer, only a choice as to which people believe or not, and how they choose to use the knowledge of this debate for themselves.

This is the debate “Squid Game” poses in terms of morality.

There is no true answer, no true argument, only the set of the questions and what examples of each side looks like.

Will you live life with good or bad morals in your own eyes? That is the true question “Squid Game” asks.