10 Plagues You Missed in mother! (2017) + 10 Other Things You Missed

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I’m gonna start by just pointing out some
of the symbolism in the movie, then at the end I’ll piece it all together and let you
know how the religious subplot ties into the surface level story about the author and his
wife. Let me start off by saying that different
audiences are going to have different interpretations of this movie. This is just my interpreation, so if your
view on the movie isn’t the same as mine… THEN SCREW YOU, IDIOT. So with that all out of the way, I see the
movie as a representation of The Exodus. Long story short, back in the day the Israelites
were enslaved by the Pharaoh in Egypt. There was this dude named Moses. God hits him up and says he’s going to drop
these plagues on the Egyptians to force them to let his people go. There were 10 Plagues in all. These events are the basis for the Jewish
holiday, Passover. Each of these 10 plagues are represented in
Darren Aronofsky’s film. The first plague was the plague of blood. In the Exodus, all the water in Egypt is turned
into blood — in mother! the two brothers barge into the house and start arguing about
their father’s will. This leads to a physical fight resulting in
a death. The living room, or in this case, the dying
room, is covered in a pool of blood, and no matter what Jennifer Lawrence does, she can’t
get the blood to fully go away, much like another horror movie that came out this year. The blood seeps down into the cellar, and
follows this path along the wall, which shows us that this isn’t just a regular leak, there
is something of a divine interference. This part may or may not be related, but when
the water in Egypt was turned to blood, the Egyptians suffered from terrible thirst. When Ed Harris gets to the house, Jennifer
Lawrence offers him some tea, she gets back from making it to find that they’ve already
broken into a flask of alcohol, not to mention Michelle Pfeiffer’s crazy obsession with making
lemonade. So this could mirror the thirst of the Egyptians. The basement is the setting for the appearance
of several of the plagues. I also like the idea of the blood being something
that is literally sent from above, and in the Exodus, the Egyptians tried digging into
the ground to find water, only to find more blood, similar to how Jennifer goes underground
into the basement and finds more blood there was well. It’s also worth noting that Moses makes the
blood first appear by striking the Nile river with a wooden staff, and the blood in mother!
appears after the brother strikes his sibling with a wooden chair. The second plague is frogs. The Egyptians’ houses were invaded by these
swarms of frogs. Right after she goes into the basement to
follow the blood, there is this wall that she breaks away and it leads her to a secret
area, where she finds a frog living in her basement. It wasn’t a swarm of frogs, but it’s just
more of a subtle reference. Plus, where there is one amphibian, there
are usually more to be found. The only plague that I’m not entirely sure
about is the third one, which is lice / bugs. It’s likely that this plague is represented
somewhere in the movie considering that the other 9 are accounted for but I wasn’t really
looking out for them when watching this for the first time. If you have ideas about this one, let me know
in the comments, I’d love to fill in that missing piece. But anyway, the fourth plague is accounted
for. When Javier Bardem offers to hold the wake
for the deceased son of Ed Harris, the house is overrun by seemingly tons of random guests
and these guests represent the horde of wild beasts. In the Exodus passage, the beasts are described
as wild animals that rove all over the country and destroy everything that they have built. Our two main characters have spent their marriage
renovating this house together and these people literally roam in in hordes and destroy what
they have built together. The fifth plague involved a disease that killed
all of the Egyptians’ livestock. Jennifer and Javier aren’t shown to have any
livestock, but there is a scene in the kitchen where she sees a dying bee keel over and pass
away. This is the most relevant modern world parallel
to diseased livestock. Beekeeping is an industry where colonies are
maintained by man in order to collect and sell the natural products that the bee produces,
one that has been threatened in recent years by a mysterious disease killing up to 50%
of bees. In this case, bees represent the livestock
of these beekeepers and the colony collapse disorder is a modern day plague against them. The sixth plague was boils, which manifest
the first night that Ed Harris stays over at the house. He gets sick and Jennifer Lawrence hears him
coughing as she is trying to get to sleep. She gets up to see if everything is alright
and finds her husband tending to him. He is coughing and vomiting over the toilet
and seems to be covered in painful looking boils. When she asks him about it the next day, he
claims to be fine. In addition to that, here is the actual quote
from the Exodus passage: “Take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it
into the air in the presence of Pharaoh. It will become fine dust over the whole land
of Egypt, and festering boils will break out on men and animals throughout the land.” — Exodus 9:8–9 The movie has a strong emphasis on the furnace
in the basement. At first I thought it was a throwback to the
refrigerator in Aronofsky’s 2000 film, Requiem for a Dream, just because of the fact that
it’s a large appliance that makes noises that scare her and at that point in the film it
seemed like it was possibly a hallucination. However, looking back on it, there may have
been a deeper significance. Later in the movie, we actually see this furnace
soot stuff being plastered on Javier Bardem’s followers. The seventh plague is a thunderstorm of hail. Again, this isn’t represented with a literal
halestorm, but rather a scaled down representation. This comes up during the wake scene, and despite
Jennifer Lawrence’s constant requests, people keep sitting on her sink countertop, which
has not yet been reinforced. Eventually, the counter snaps, the pipe breaks
and a storm of water sprays up and begins flooding the house, creating complete chaos. Jennifer Lawrence even refers to the mess
created by these people as an “apocalypse”, a reference to the apocalyptic conditions
of the aforementioned hailstorm. [Clip] No, not that halestorm. Moving right along plague 8, we have the locusts. After the thunderstorm, God’s message for
Pharaoh, was this: “If you refuse to let them go, I will bring
locusts into your country tomorrow. They will cover the face of the ground so
that it cannot be seen. They will devour what little you have left
after the hail… They will fill your houses and those of all
your officials and all the Egyptians.” — Exodus 10:3–6 I see the representation of the locusts in
mother! to be the fans of Javier Bardem. They invade the house, literally to the point
that the floor cannot be seen. They devour all of the food, including the
meal that Jennifer Lawrence had just prepared, and they take everything that remains, ripping
the house apart to get a piece of their hero’s life. That situation continues to devolve until
there is a full on war taking place in the house, complete with soldiers and riot police. It is at this point that Jennifer Lawrence
is temporarily blinded, she gets sprayed in the face with pepper spray. Enter plague number 9: Darkness. And of course, this all culminates with the
tenth and final plague: Death of the first born. Jennifer Lawrence finally delivers her baby,
Javier Bardem gives it to the people, their careless actions lead to the baby’s neck snapping. Now that I’ve identified the 10 plagues, or
at least 9 of the 10, I’ll let the director, Darren Aronofsky, explain the roles of the
characters and their relationship to the religious figures. “Using to tell the stories of humanity, the
stories of the bible. Ed and Michelle are the first man and woman,
and these are the sons. And you can probably then figure out who Javier
is from that last shot.” So with that in mind, let’s take a look back
at the scene in the study. When Ed Harris first sees the… uh… I’m just gonna call it the shiny object, he
is captivated by it. He feels this need to hold it, to touch it,
but Javier tells him that the shiny object is very precious to him and forbids him from
touching it, going so far as to say no guests will be allowed in the study while he is not
in there. The shiny object is our metaphorical apple
of Eden, but Ed and Michelle, being the Adam and Eve that they are go in there anyway and
break it, and then God is pretty upset and he forever bans them from the Garden of Eden
by boarding off the area with hammer and nails. They retreat to their room and the next time
we see them, they are doing it. Next thing you know, they have kids, who show
up to the house, Cain and Abel. Cain is the older brother, thought to be the
originator of all things evil and violent, so shoutout to him, he slays his younger brother
Abel, and the family proceeds to grieve, and it’s during this time that they turn to God
/ Javier Bardem, who gives a speech at the wake that offers them hope. This leads to him gaining a huge following
and these people become his worshippers. He writes a holy scripture… aka: his book. However, some of them are led astray, and
worship a false idol, which we see when people are worshipping a photo, or his possessions,
rather than the real thing. That’s kind of where the 10 Plagues thing
comes in. The Egyptians worship the Pharaoh, a false
God, while Jews worship their one only. The Jewish people escape Egypt, are promised
the Holy Land of Israel by God, but there are also the Palestinians who also claim the
divine right to that land. So a huge fight breaks out, which we see in
the movie, starting as the followers of Javier arguing over who gets to be in the house,
which eventually becomes who gets his possessions, and continues to devolve into a full blown
war zone representative of the ongoing Israeli-Palestine conflict. Finally, Jennifer has the baby and all of
Javier’s followers are waiting outside to see the newborn. You could look at this as the birth of Christianity,
with the baby being Jesus and dying for the people’s sins, or you could examine Jennifer’s
actions, sheltering the baby for many days and nights, asking Javier, the Pharaoh, the
false God, to make those people go before he holds the child. Very similar to Moses asking Pharaoh to let
my people go and also aligning with the Torah story of the Israelites escaping from Egypt
and wandering the desert for 40 years to let the generation that was tainted by Pharaoh
die off so that a new, pure generation could enter the promised land. The new iteration of the cycle could represent
a new beginning in that promised land. Or it could represent the opening of a new
book, the new testament. It all depends how you look at it. And I think that’s the point. As with real life, there are different people
with different beliefs, and this is the cause for different religions. That’s my interpretation of the subtext, but
what does it have to do with the surface level story — the one about a writer and his wife
trying to have a baby? I think Aronofsky is comparing our current
celebrity crazed culture to the worship of false idols. When Ed Harris gets to the house, he poses
as a doctor who has lost his way looking for a place to stay. Jennifer later finds a picture of her husband
in the man’s bag from the about me section of one of his books. The man confesses to being a superfan who
came out just to see Javier before he passes away. Javier says that it’s nice to have someone
who appreciates his writing, to which Jennifer responds, “I love your work.” This creates the divide between someone who
loves him for who he is and someone who worships the idea of him, his celebrity persona. Ed becomes so enthralled by his idol that
he brings his wife along to meet him. After the unfortunate passing of the man’s
son, Javier offers hospitality and words of wisdom in front of a large group of people
and his cult following grows. After releasing his next scripture, he has
fans waiting outside his house to meet him, and before long, that turns into breaking
into his house, people fighting over him, tossing all of their morals for a chance to
meet him. Aronofsky is commenting on how modern obsession
over celebrities has become like a religious craze. People worship these celebrities and look
at the damage that it causes. As far as I noticed, not one of the characters
in the movie is given an actual name, so we have to refer to them using the name of the
actor, as I have throughout this entire video. This practice feeds into the whole idolisation
of celebrities. People are so obsessed with these actors that
they ignore everything else. Have you ever referred to a movie character
in conversation, not been able to remember the name and said something like “the Jennifer
Lawrence-character”? By not giving the characters names, this is
exactly the behaviour that Aronofsky is trying to highlight. Look up mother! on Google right now. You’ll notice several articles referring to
the movie as Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie mother! As you know by now, the film was directed
by Darren Aronofsky. Not Jennifer Lawrence. But speaking of Jennifer Lawrence, what an
ideal candidate for a movie about the damage caused by the obsession of celebrities. A few years ago she had her iCloud hacked
and nude photos leaked to the internet in an incident known as the Fappening. To be entirely transparent though, she may
have just been casted because she’s sleeping with the director. Literally, she is. By the way, if this video has helped you appreciate
the movie a little bit more, go ahead and leave a like on this video. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers,
go ahead and check out this nightmare horror story video I wrote. And if you missed yesterday’s Deadstream here’s
a link to that as well. Remember to subscribe to CZsWorld for new
horrors every week. Ring that deathbell for notifications and
I’ll see you in the next one one. Assuming we both survive.

 

56 Responses

  1. Jeff Turner

    August 28, 2018 5:03 am

    Ok, so the bugs show up after the two characters keep jumping on the unbraced sink. When the ceiling first breaks a swarm of insects come swarming out before the water starts spraying.

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  2. rick Struhar

    September 3, 2018 5:19 am

    The plagues are there, but only as a small part of it. The movie references the overall bible. The man is God, and mother is Mother Nature. When man first comes (Ed Harris) he is Adam. Adam's rib is removed and that is the wound he is covering. Eve shows up the next day. She goes into his office which is not allowed (the apple tree), and together she and Adam break the creation crystal (the forbidden fruit) and anger God, who at this time shows anger and casts them out. Their sons Cain and Abel show up and one kills the other. The wound on Cain's head is the mark of Cain. If memory serves me right, after the wake there is a flood like with Noah's ark that destroys. The plagues ensue along the way. The dead bug at the window references the lice/bug plagues. Also note that the whole time the people are awful, selfish and rude. It is a metaphor how people treat the planet secondary to their own wants and needs. When mother becomes pregnant, she also becomes Mary. Becoming famous after writing a new book (presumably the New Testament, although the timeline doesn't make perfect sense), the people begin showing up in droves. The baby who is Jesus is born, and killed just like in the New Testament. They even literally eat his flesh and drink his blood. Craziness then ensues, as people come from all over representing different extreme reactions to religion. Mother, once again as mother nature begins to rebel against man who is destroying the beautiful home she has created. God, apparently loves his followers more than anything, makes mother nature secondary, and is always willing to forgive his followers no matter what they do.

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  3. MadamFoogie

    September 14, 2018 10:11 pm

    The domestic bee issue is actually overblown. The western honey bees have been suffering colony collapse disorder, yes. But that's only a single species. It's bad for North Americans, but not the end of all honey bee life.

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  4. Tyler Anselmo

    September 16, 2018 4:54 pm

    There was one thing I haven't seen in any of these videos its small in the movie but it represents something big. Its kristen wiigs character the publicist. At first she seems sweet and caring to all of his followers and then Jennifer Lawrence sees her execute 6 people like it was nothing. I think kristen is supposed to represent the church. Its intentions may be pure but the church is responsible for more deaths than both world wars combined

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  5. osiris chan

    September 30, 2018 7:47 pm

    I have entirely different point on this.
    The movie is not directly representation of only one event but the dark story of bible. Birth of Earth. Human Life. Christianity. Sins. I have so much explanation to this movie, scene by scene. Btw i also like your point of view.

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  6. Jólét

    October 7, 2018 6:56 am

    The blood was the blood from the Cain and Abel story I thought. The blood cries out and cannot be cleansed. And it was God and His wife and she is the heart beat of the earth. But the voice of Javier was dragon-like. And the bee is very important in nature. It will mean death to us all.
    I actually thought the beast was coming. And I felt the end was very near with this movie.

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  7. Morgan Johnson

    November 15, 2018 5:10 am

    THE THIRD PLAGUE! The sound of crickets in the beginning of the movie is the third plague. I specifically remember the crickets making noise because it was very obnoxious, obviously conveying something.

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  8. Patrice Grint

    November 16, 2018 1:00 am

    I think the fact they all eat a bit of the baby means the baby is Jesus. It's a morbid thing but the wine was his blood and his flesh was bread, as with the last meal, it was the last time the fans got to have before she makes a big bada boom

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  9. Moo

    December 7, 2018 4:44 am

    After watching the movie and countless interviews with Darren there's no mention of any plague. The movie is an allegory about the creation of earth which starts with THE HOUSE (Paradise), JAVIER (God) and JENNIFFER (Nature) and then rolls out to every single biblical event until the killing of JESUS (Baby).

    Ed Harris represents Adam, the first man ever created, he has a cut on his back which represents the rib removed to create Eve (Michele Pfiffer), then their sons show up and the young one (Cain) kills the older one (Abel) and so on. There's no plague dude.

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  10. Solgat Squad

    December 7, 2018 5:18 pm

    The “lice or bugs” may have represented when she sees a bugs die at her windows by the sink in the kitchen. I thought this movie was terrible until I looked up the meaning, now I think it’s absolutely fascinating & brilliant. Definitely see the whole biblical theme running through it. Just wow.

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  11. Mona Noel Pothan

    December 25, 2018 9:03 am

    The movie is about the devil satan… Who wishs he has a normal life and finds a crystal in the hell which he uses to make his dreams come true n brings a women in his life n house.. The different people are all sinners doomed for hell for the sins on earth.. The book that the writer is writing is the devil writing his plans on how to destroy earth n its people… The killing n eating of the new born baby all symbolises.. Illuminate rituals freemasons.. New world order and witchcraft n vodoo and black magic.. The high priest of devil worship.. All this movie gave credit to the devil in a subtle way… In the end it is repeated again as in hell.. Everything is repeated as the bible says over n over again…

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  12. Evie Buckley

    December 31, 2018 3:50 am

    For the lice/bug plague, there was a scene where jennifer watches a bug dying on its back, which seemed like something she connected to…

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  13. Dante The Giant

    January 6, 2019 4:42 am

    the bug plague is represented when the bee shrivels up and dies on the counter while she is washing dishes.

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  14. Navin Noronha

    January 6, 2019 7:18 am

    There is in fact a scene with a fly trying to escape and dying. It could symbolize the third plague.

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  15. Arcion

    January 22, 2019 2:32 am

    Mother was an absolutely terrible movie. The aesthetics and the acting are the only two things that are good about it. It's about as accurate to the Bible as ingredients to a soup can are accurate to the Quran.

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  16. Gabriel Ferrin

    January 25, 2019 4:44 am

    I also think is related to the whole Bible and the whole humanity existence more than just the exodus. But there are so many details and I think they all represent something, so I do not rule out representations of plagues. There is a part where Mother sees a bug kind of dying… so there is the third you where missing. Loved the movie. It's like one of those bad dreams you have where odd things happen. I also think it's a way the writer tells God that he does not understand nor like his plan and that the situation He's put us in can often be terrifying and senseless.

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  17. Cedie Pili

    February 15, 2019 2:57 am

    Guys the gold powder is the elixir of life and when the random guy was supposedly "exploring" mother said "excuse me, give me some privacy" this is the secret of hers, the elixir of Life

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  18. Lynn Marie Bridges

    April 1, 2019 11:54 pm

    Any idea what her yellow power was that she kept drinking for her nerves? Also, I get your “bee” theory, which was quite interesting, but I thought that it looked more like a sandfly…which are predatory and have a nasty bite.

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  19. Lynn Marie Bridges

    April 2, 2019 12:04 am

    I think that it starts all over again because they are stuck in a Hellish time loop and that instead of Javier being God, he’s actually the opposite…the beautiful and intriguing angel Lucifer. The loop is also similar to The Dark Tower, as in the ending of book 7. On an unrelated note, I really enjoyed JL’s…attire, or lack thereof, smoking hot!

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  20. lolbithacked 12

    April 7, 2019 4:29 pm

    i think the 3 rd plague is represented how the people are relentless when because they have one goal i know you have said about the 4 the plague but the people were being relentless they wanted 2 do something and they are in a swarm and they swarm the home near the end so this is my explanation for the 3 rd plague

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  21. Amy VanAuken

    April 25, 2019 6:59 am

    Something about the drinking of the lemonade excessively and the yellow liquid Jennifer drinks like to cleanse her soul or something. Also she could hear the house as a living entity many a place of good and evil. Lastly. The strange object in the toilet. I can't figure that one out. Strange movie. Her diamond heart was her precious soul I believe which she let her husband take maybe because because the Earth is so precious and needs to go on to the next generation??????

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  22. Kell Brigan

    April 26, 2019 2:32 am

    Lawrence was cast before she and Aronowski started dating. https://youtu.be/bOzdAHubUmI (She's also a genius and anyone who gets to cast her is the lucky one.)

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  23. Potato Fries

    April 30, 2019 12:21 am

    In my opinion i think the movie is about how Jennifer Lawrence is mother nature and the author is god himself as he mentions “ i am i . i am him “ and the couple that came were adam and even and their sons being cain and Abel (think about it cain killed abel just like the older brother killed the younger one) and the people who invaded the house is us humans destroying planet earth that was gifted to us by mother nature and then the author had to kill mother nature in order to create another world and he will keep doing so until he gets it right.

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  24. Dena Marie

    May 13, 2019 3:20 pm

    I don't really like Jennifer Lawerence a ton but I thought she had an amazing performance in this film. I know she was sleeping with the director and if that's why she got the role, fine. Yet, I think she really gave a strong performance.

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  25. Miscellaneous

    May 14, 2019 5:13 am

    Blood pouring over door in basement = goats blood on door frame in Exodus to protect the house from the Angel of Death

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  26. Dennis Morgan

    June 1, 2019 8:05 pm

    So i watched the whole movie and was confused and then i googled the movie and saw the whole movie was based on god and mother earth. Once i realized that everything clicked. Harris and Pfeifer are Adam and Eve, the Gleeson brothers are Cain and Abel, the stone is the forbidden fruit. Bardem is God. The baby is Jesus. Literally the whole movie is the old testament

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  27. palmomki

    June 9, 2019 5:47 pm

    Not even going to watch the video. The end credits of the movie make it quite clear that it's intended to be an allegory for at least the entirety of the old testament, and more likely just the entirety of the history of humanity from a christian mythological point of view.

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  28. Moa

    July 7, 2019 5:54 pm

    You all got it all wrong. When she "feels" the walls of the house, what she sees there is her heart. It's a metaphor of her own heart. Every time her husband does what he does (emotionally abuse) her heart gets more and more black. Another metaphor is that the house is her heart. Everyone HE lets into the house is a metaphor of him ripping apart her heart into nothing. He constantly hurt her again, and again, and again. And whatever they go through, they never do it together, she's always alone. And that's when the floor comes into the picture. Another metaphor is that every time he does something that hurts her, the hole in the floor starts to bleed. She covers the hole with a carpet, and that is a metaphor of her ignoring her feelings about her toxic relationship. In the end she can't ignore it and that's when her feet get stuck in it. He takes everything from her and she keeps giving him everything. She tries and tries to make him understand what she feels but he does not respect it, he doesn't understand. She still has hope. Like her character says in the movie "you just love the feeling of me loving you" or something familiar to that. In the end, he takes her whole heart because he wasn't satisfied with what she had already given him: her all, her heart.

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  29. elliest 55

    August 24, 2019 7:40 pm

    I don't know why people are trying to find beat-by-beat equivalences with the old and new testament, when there's clearly creative license AND influence from other mythologies. Sure, Adam and Eve, the garden of Eden incident (the poet's office), the Cain and Abel incident, a reference to the plagues, the great flood, and the sacrifice of Jesus (to an extent) are there very very explicitly, but so are other non-biblical elements like the ancient Greek goddess Gaia. There's no "mother earth" figure in the Christian bible, let alone one that mates with God and she is the titular character, so the real centre of the story. The baby isn't too similar to Jesus either – first of all, it only arrives at the "end of times", after humans have been through stories the imagery of which resembles modern (rather than ancient) wars (there's a bit where the imagery and dialogue is a very strong reference to the world wars of the 20th century). The baby, unlike Jesus, has no agency, no words of its own, and is not recognised as any kind of prophet. It is not born from a human mother, it is the child of mother nature. So my feeling is that the equivalences with the Bible stop at the old testament and the mythology takes a different turn thereafter. Chronologically, in terms of human history, it seems to fast-forward all the way from ancient world to modern day in that sequence that follows the publication of the poet's "word". It also stays in modern day, because the whole idea of burning the house (=Earth) down, is topical to the modern world (so,so topical whileI'm writing this, in the summer of 2019, as the fires are ravaging the Amazon).

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  30. Matt Wood

    September 9, 2019 7:40 am

    it's not just the book of exodus, (and even that in itself is a pretty far reach as it barely even touches on that book) but it's the entire Bible from beginning to end and religion's relationship with the earth

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  31. blacktensad

    October 4, 2019 6:46 pm

    Way off. Genesis.

    Adam & Eve, Cain and Abel. Gnostic view of "God" and Mother Earth (Sophia) general allusions to the disrespect and destruction of NATURE.

    Theres a deep cut on the Father of the boys. Rib. Adam.

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