The movie Parasite is about the Kims, a family of four living in poverty in a basement. They work together to manipulate situations setting up servants of a well to do family, the Parks, to get fired while setting themselves in the perfect position to take up the vacancies to work for the wealthy family as a tutoring, an art teacher, a chauffeur and a house keeper. The movie has some comedy portrayed between the Kim siblings but it also shows love and support within the family structure. Despite their nonemployment situation, they work together to encourage and support each other. It all shows the desperation families may feel when they are fighting to survive as well as the measures they are willing to take to move out of poverty and climb up the social ladder.
The movie not only shows the Kim’s willingness to manipulate and work together to get what they want, it also clearly defines the social class divisions among them and the wealthy Parks. This movie has all the dynamics between the patriarchal family unit as well as among the servants and their masters and the aspirations, envy and materialism that people seek.
This movie is rated R and it would be inappropriate to have high school students view it in its entirety. However, I could show different clips of the movie that show the two family’s dynamics, their lifestyle and their attitudes . In doing so I could have the students compare and contrast the two families and their social classes. After doing so, I would have them choose to compare and contrast the Korean culture and that of their own culture or that of America’s. I would also have them discuss why they think the Parasite was chosen as the title which I would then carry over to a my final product of a stats math lesson. Students would research and gather data of the different social classes in Korea and a their secondary culture where they would then present their findings in 3 different mathematical representations: a data table, a Two-Way-Frequency Table, and their choice of either a pie chart or a bar graph.