Mo Ha So (Kim Sung Ryung) and Wang Ja Shi (Lee Mi Sook)
I chose to discuss them together because they are opposite sides of the same triangle or coin. Without one, there would be no use for the other (story wise); one carrying traits the other desperately needed to make them a rational whole. And if they weren’t after the same man, they might actually have been friends. These two women highlight some of the best and most revered combinations a woman can possess: beauty, intelligence, favor and respect. Both women encapsulated these attributes and had ample opportunity to reign and wield them. The amount of potential they had to be outstanding women of their time was paramount and the influence they possessed indomitable, though inimical to one another. Therefore, ultimately these women were a product of their times, in personality, position and parenthood.
Ja Shi was cunning and spiteful, and wise in the ways of the world. She knew how to read people and use their resources to her benefit. She was a mother that demonstrated courage and determination to gain what she desired, while never retreating from her claims to what was hers. For Ja Shi, love was a commodity that ensured little return but believed that knowledge, position and power produced bountiful reward. And unfortunately, she wasn’t entirely wrong.
Mo Ha So, on the hand, had very little ambitions beyond being a good wife and mother. She also wasn’t wrong. For she was kind, caring and thoughtful; a bright and wise personality in rightful living and for that, everyone loved her. As a mother, she was easy going and easy to confide in. A mother that had unrelenting faith in something (or someone) beyond herself and the ability to be fully trusted.
Both women birthed daughters and were mother to one child and together make up one functional royal mother figure. Ja Shi being motivated and politically savvy, while Ha So is doting and supportive. If they had joined forces, their girls could have been the least dysfunctional princesses of their time and dominated their world as they ruled fair but firm.
A running theme in life is that one circumstance won’t alter the root or core of who you are and that rule holds true for motherhood. Like all the previous mothers, Mo Ha So and Wang Ja Shi’s most valuable assets as mothers were their greatest strengths as women and as human beings.
This collection of mothers is only the tip of the dramaberg of women that exemplify the idiosyncrasies of being called “Mom.” The list of mothers is endless, whether they were the worst drama moms or the best, but the ones that stick with you are women that draw effectual attention to the life they lead. Motherhood never diminishes the realities or demands of being a woman, or a friend, or a wife.
Some mothers wear their ambitions like a breastplate or banner, while others subtly coo their desires like nursery rhymes, while they all pursue their dreams and cascade glimpses into to the deepest parts of themselves and one of the most misunderstood mysteries on the planet: Femininity.