Mother! An Explanation of Aronofsky's Newest Mindblowing Film

Updated on December 6, 2017
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

Prologue

Many people were confused and somewhat disturbed by Mother, Darren Aronofsky's newest film. In this article I will explain the meaning behind the film. Spoilers ahead!

Mother! baffled audiences everywhere and many were puzzled as to just what it was all about. Well that's why I'm here. This article will explain just what this film was trying to explain, and why it's so important to society today.

So first off we see Jennifer Lawrence's character, Mother, trying out different paints on her wall. Her husband, Him, played by Javier Bardem, is a writer having trouble coming up with inspiration to write poetry or even get through the day. Their lives are turned upside down when a man arrives and is invited to stay for the night. The next day a woman arrives, the man's wife, and the two rudely decide to stay against Mother's wishes. Before long, two grown men arrive, Man and Woman's children. One brother kills the other. The living brother runs off, never to be seen again.

Okay so let me stop here and break down the metaphors here. Mother represents Mother Earth and Him represents God. The two are alone together. Him (God) is bored and creates Man. Man and God become best friends but he sees that Man needs a companion so he creates Woman. Man and Woman represent Adam and Eve. Their two children represent Cain and Abel. When Cain kills Abel he flees out of shame.

Now I know many were confused as to what that crystal was that Him cherished so much. Well that represented the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. That's why Him had it in his private office aka the Garden of Eden. So of course when Woman and Man broke the crystal, that broke Mother's heart and angered Him. Him locked up his room so no one could get inside. This represents God kicking Man and Woman out of the Garden of Eden after they disobeyed and ate from the Tree.

After the brother's (Abel's) death, there was a ceremony at the house. More and more people arrived which represented the earth becoming more and more populated. The people became wildly inconsiderate and wouldn't pay attention to how they were emotionally hurting Mother. The sink breaking causing the water damage represented the Great Flood. If you notice, when the water leak sprung, Mother screamed for all of them to get out, which then left Mother alone with Him once again. The house, like earth, was cleansed of the destructive humanity.

The poem that Him wrote, I believe, represented Scripture. The people of course flocked to Him for having written such magnificence. At first they worshiped Him but then they started twisting his words and becoming destructive and killing one another and starting cults. They said "He told us to" when in fact his words meant something else entirely. The baby Mother had represented Jesus. Now, this next part caused a ton of controversy among a lot of people. Him gave his son to the people because the people wanted to celebrate him. But the people turned against him and killed him. This represented the gruesome death of Jesus Christ, how Jesus was a pure soul but the people turned against him and murdered him.

Him pleads with Mother to forgive them for what they've done but Mother will not have it. She destroys the house and herself in order to get rid of humanity once and for all. As she dies, Him asks for her love and she gives it to him freely. He takes out her heart and sculpts it into a new crystal. When he does, the house is restored and a new home (earth) is made.

This is such an important message to society because of the fact that, while yes God is forgiving, Mother Earth can't take much more abuse and will eventually be destroyed by humanity. Look around at everything we as a society have done. Pollution, trashing the oceans, cutting down forests to put up shopping malls.... we caused global warming. We're responsible for Mother's inevitable death. Humanity as a whole has to change or else we'll all suffer the consequences.

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