The scenario: Changmin is walking along an alleyway when he sees a mysterious woman pass in front of him. They both stop where they are, and she turns to give him a coy/seductive look before setting off again. Curious, Changmin follows her.
The analysis: The woman in Changmin’s segment has dual symbolism.
First, let’s look at her in general. The woman’s gown is white, and her face is accented with feathers. In many Asian countries, Korea included, white is the color of mourning and death. In dreams, feathers can stand for travel or the ability to move freely in life.
If you put that together, you could get someone who represents mourning and has the ability to go wherever she would like without worry of responsibilities. In other words, you get Death (or the Grim Reaper, whichever you prefer).
In the video, he is seen walking down an alleyway—in other words, he is already in the process of walking down his life’s path—when she cuts him off before he reaches his destination. He is taken aback by her appearance, but yet follows her blindly and without resistance when she begins to move on without her.
Looking at the woman in this way, and coupling it with his actions in the PV, you can deduce that Changmin’s ‘fear’ is that he will die in an unexpected way while he is still in the prime of his life.
A second way to take it is that the color white represents purity and innocence, and the feathers take on the Christian meaning of virtues. The woman is used to symbolize a general feminine energy, or in other words, she is every women in a general sense. By combining all of this, the young woman comes to represent an innocent, virtuous female—which is exactly the type that Changmin has always described as his ideal.
In this viewpoint, Changmin’s actions can be interpreted in a different way. While walking down the alleyway (still representing his life’s path), he crosses paths with a young, beautiful woman. Taken aback by her appearance because he wasn’t expecting a female presence in his life at that point, he blindly follows her when she begins to walk away. Put another way, Changmin immediately falls in love with her and then panics when he senses that she is beginning to put distance between the two of them.
Looking at the situation this way, Changmin’s ‘fear’ has become that he will end up meeting someone who seems to be perfect for him, but will risk his career—and by extension, the other member’s careers—in order to keep her in his life.
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