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Power of Mother's Love
Let's suppose you and your friend go to a movie. What kind of movie do you choose? A melodrama might be boring, and a noisy action drama will be distracting. If I were you, I would choose the story of mother's love for her son and daughter.
  Nowadays movies with the subject of family love are being released more and more. Among these movies, Mar-athon and Ray are getting good responses from the public. The two movies are similar in many ways. Both films show the character's process of growth and describe real people who overcame their handicaps. Cho-won, the main character of Mar-athon, has autism, and Ray, the hero of the movie Ray, is blind. But they overcome their difficult situations through their sturdy courage. In fact, they excel more than normal healthy people in their own fields. How can they do it?  They have a mother's great love.
  Kyung-suk, the hero's mother in Mar-athon, is unyielding in her love for her son. But she didn't do that at first. When she was 27, she tried to desert her son impulsively because her son's autism made her exhausted. But as soon as she let go of his hold, she regretted it and looked for him immediately. She gives up all her life and does everything she can do for son. She has the only one dream that her son runs the whole marathon course. His mother's hope becomes Cho-won's goal. Finally, he runs a sub-three which is running 42.195 km in three hours.
  Aretha Robinson, the mother of Ray, tells her son, "Stand your own feet! Don't make someone consider you as a fool. Nobody takes pity on a handicapped." When Ray cries after falling, she never helps him to get up.  She only stands by Ray until he rises to his feet by himself. Aretha dies when Ray is 15 years old, but she is always there behind Ray Charles's back all his life.
  Also, this latest trend about family's love is shown on CF, drama, and amusement programs. It is because times are harder than in former days. There is more selfish individualism, and competition is more serious, people are dismissed by their firm or they suffer from financial troubles. It is the cause of many divorces and disintegrated families. So people want to find relief through watching such movies.
  People think all screen mothers are great. But it is your mother who eats, talks and quarrels with you everyday to be great. What is more important is loving your family in real life rather than being moved deeply  at a theater.

Yu Hee-kyung  fedeer@dongguk.edu

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