There is something very Shakespearian about Kill Me Heal Me. We love it because it is a funny show with romantic moments, however, the lightness exists in strong contrast to the dark. As awesome as Yo-na is as a character, or as humorously Ri-jin reacts to Perry Park and Se-gi’s outrageous behaviors, there is always the sadness of Yo-sub to remind us how tragic Do-hyun’s existence is.
The shadows have grown even more in the most recent episodes, as the audience approaches the central mystery of the trauma that shattered Do-hyun’s psyche.
It can’t be that interesting being Do-hyun, living in isolation from his own life. Yo-na and Perry steal the pleasures of the manic highs – chasing idols, drinking heartily, blowing things up – escaping from the routine. Yo-sub and Se-gi bear the misery and face the lows. He has no seat on this roller coaster ride. He may hear the rumblings of approaching thunder, but only gets to clean up what the departing storm left in its wake, without enjoying the thrills or facing down the fears himself.
The drama could be considered an adaptation of Hamlet’s To Be or Not To Be soliloquy, as performed in parts by each of his seven personalities. When Ri-jin asks Se-gi why he hasn’t accused anyone of the abuse suffered as a child, why they remain silent, he replies,
“That bastard cannot handle it. In the end, he will end his own life.”
Ri-jin disagrees affirming ”Do-hyun can handle it. He can overcome it.”
Then Se-gi explains how this would be counter-productive, to say the least, for his own survival.
“Then we die! We were made to take in that bastard’s pain instead for him. If that bastard’s pains go away, then we all die. Either he lives like this while covering it up, or instead of him, I remain alive. It’s one or the other.”