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References lớn the Greco-Roman mythologyOther pieces of artReferences khổng lồ DemianReferences lớn the Short FilmsLittle details

References khổng lồ the Greco-Roman mythology

I honestly didn’t catch the Icarus references by myself, I saw it on Twitter. While I’m on things that aren’t by me, you can kiểm tra that analysisof the different artistic references, it’s quite detailed.

There are two paintings representing the one who wanted to reach the sun:The Lament for Icarus, painted by Draper, and the Landscape with the Fall of Icarus painted by Bruegel.


You can find more info about these paintings as well as key points about Demian by checking the theory posts from Ask-BTS-stuff.

Icarus isn’t the only character from Greek mythology, the main room is filled with such art.


Perseus with the head of Medusa by Cellini:Medusa was a creature able to lớn petrify anyone who catches her eyes. She was killed by Perseus, son of Zeus & one of the greatest Greek hero.


Laocoön & His Sons is a sculpture showing Laocoön a Greek priest và his sons being killed by two snakes - the reason varies depending on the myth but usually, Neptune sends the snakes lớn kill him before he can prevent the horse from entering Troy.In the MV we only have Laocoön’s bust.


A niceCrouching Venus, a statue representing Venus surprised during her bath.

There’s a second sculpture of Venus. It’s barely visible - just in the beginning and during the scene of the kiss. It’s a Venus de Milo. Venus symbolizes love & Beauty in the Greek (or rather her Greek equivalent: Aphrodite; chú ý that despite its name, it’s a Greek statue) và Roman mythologies.


gotchickenidentified one more bust - the one on the left, on a pole. It’s a bust from the Diana of Versailles, which also appeared in AWAKE.


If you look closely you can see a little trắng sign under the painting, on the right, lượt thích a caption. It’s also present on some sculptures, maybe lớn give a museum vibe?


The statue behind j-hope is a modern version of Michelangelo’s Pietà. It represents Jesus after his crucifixion lying on his mother Mary.

j-hope was already associated with a motherly figure in his Short Film MAMA. That time it was Frau Eva, Demian’s mother. Và earlier he was looking at the statue of Livia Drusilla.

Fun fact: the boys often refer to lớn him as the nagging mother of the group.

The bow, the arrow, and the shoot that throws paint on V are explained in the analysis I mentioned earlier.

There’s also an oddity. It’s neither about Greek mythology or Christianism. It’s a kiến thiết for a poster, painted by Darsie Jappand called Regimental Band.


References to lớn Demian

(I made a post about WINGS era in Demian, as I think it’ll be more clear to have the references in the context of the book. Here I’ll just danh sách the references seen in this video.)

Apparently, it’s the rule for all WINGS videos, so once again we can enjoy Namjoon’s voice citing Demian:


In the next scene, SUGA is seen playing the organ. There’s a character in Demian who plays the organ. Even the piece played wasn’t chosen randomly. It’s Buxtehude’s Passacaglia, which is mentioned in the book.

In the Concept Book, we learned that the pool around j-hope is another reference to Demian. It’s a reminder of Sinclair’s mother giving him chocolate when he feels bad - the dark liquid is supposed lớn be the chocolate.

References lớn the Short Films

Several elements remind the videos that teased the album.


The colorful fluids seen during RM’s part are similar khổng lồ the colors appearing on his arm in his Short Film, REFLECTION. Lưu ý that if we look at it rationally it could very well also symbolize j-hope’s delirium in MAMA. Plus there is another colorful shot during Jimin’s part, so it’s probably more an aesthetic picture than a reminder.


You can see the busts from Jin’s Short FilmAWAKE, during the scene with the black winged statue. They were already here in the beginning but in the background. The one on the left is a bust of the Diana of Versailles identified by gotchicken & the one on the right a rococo bust of unknown origins identified by Salsoola on Reddit.

Little details

The music at the beginning of the MV when Jin is looking at the Brugel’s is another Bach’s piece, identified by Redditors. It’s the first seconds of the Mass in B minor - Kyrie.

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As Jung Kook said during the episode,there is a lot of green: the wall behind Jung Kook và the group’s room, the light in SUGA & Jimin’s room, the Absinthe, the plants behind j-hope, Jung Kook’s tongue and the wax drop on his finger, the smoke in RM và Jungkook’s room, the water on the sides around j-hope & the tears on Jimin và the statue face. It’s revealed in the Concept Book that green symbolizes youth.


Talking about the blue, there’s also a good amount of it: Jung Kook’s room and SUGA and Jimin’s room have blue walls. SUGA also has a xanh outfit.

The last dominant color is fuchsia/purple. It’s not normally present on the set, it’s used as a filter on certain parts. It’s also the color of the water near j-hope when it explodes & of the flower near Jin at the over of the MV.


Thanks khổng lồ the episode và Rapmon showing an mở cửa page of his book, we know what he was reading lớn Jung Kook: it’s The Ghost Belonged to lớn Me by Richard Peck.

Concerning the solo parts, several of the places can be connected.


Jung Kook’s solo part is set in the same room as the group, where SUGA hides Jimin’s eye in the beginning.


There are actually two different shots of hands covering Jin - the second one appearing two times.

In the first, there are only RM’s & j-hope’s right hand, V’s left hand, và both of Jung Kook’s hands.

In the second one, all the boys except Jin have one hand in front of the oldest’s face. SUGA’s & Jimin’s disappear almost immediately though.


I mentioned it quickly when I talked about the colors but there is a whole scene where RM conscientiously prepares a glass of absinthe following what Wikipedia calls the Bohemian method.

It was really popular in Europe during La Belle Epoque, in the early XXth century.


As in “Epilogue: Young Forever” there are white feathers on Jung Kook’s set, this time khổng lồ symbolize Icarus.


The painting Jin was staring at in the beginning was replaced by a mirror in the end.

The inscription above the mirror is:

Man muss noch Chaos in sich haben um einen tanzenden Stern gebären zu können

It’s a quote from Nietzsche meaning“you must have chaos within you khổng lồ give birth lớn a dancing star”.

That same sentence was already seen on V’s concept photo.


The flower on our side is the trắng lily that’s been haunting the boys for more than a year now, especially in “I NEED U”, its Japanese version, the comeback trailer “Intro: 화양연화”,and AWAKE. Butwe can observe another flower instead of its reflection through the looking-glass.

I’m not sure but it looks like Celosia flamingo feather. Apparently, it represents foolishness, as well as affection (source #1, #2). For Fun Fun no Mi, it looks more like gayfeathers, which meaning is apology.

Lastly, as lalarushme made me notice, the direction of the MV seems to lớn be influenced by the director Ace Norton.

Fun facts

The boys parodied several scenes of the MV during the 2017 Festa.

The MV was the main inspiration for the collaboration between BTS và the clothing brand System.