The Third Teardrop


The tension between good and evil, hero and villain, is another theme that permeates many dramas. What few drama writers explore in depth, though, are the forces driving characters to one side rather than the other, or even switching sides. Two oft-deployed plot devices in Korean productions are ‘heritage‘ and ‘psychopathy‘: the villain started off the series as a bright-eyed lad/lass yearning to do good but was persuaded otherwise by familial or political circumstances; alternatively, s/he was plainly evil to begin with. Yet environmental and genetic influences, in themselves, seem to be inadequate explanations for the disparity in moral behavior among people. After all, some folks cling onto their principles in spite of countervailing social influences. And most wrongdoers are just as biologically inclined as ordinary men to perform acts of benevolence. In other words, the key differentiating factor must surely be psychological.  Continue reading