Warning: This text is an evaluation of the film Magnolia and comprises many spoilers.
Everybody who has watched the much-praised movie “Magnolia” undoubtedly walked out of the theater with possibly a sense of awe, however most probably an amazing confusion over its ending, particularly the scene with the bathe of frogs.
A key facet to deciphering the true that means of this movie lies in its many references of Exodus eight:2 from the bible. The obvious reference was within the scene proper earlier than the beginning of the Quiz present. A lady is seen holding an indication that clearly has the phrases “Exodus eight:2” written on it, however is promptly escorted out of the viewers by safety.
Beneath are different examples of references to the numbers eight and a couple of within the film, as listed within the trivia part of imdb.com
o climate forecast: 82% probability of rain
o a gambler wants a 2 in blackjack however will get an eight
o the coil of rope when the boy commits suicide
o the primary temperature studying
o the film poster on the bus cease on Magnolia Blvd
o the placard on the hanged convicts
o Jim Kurring’s field quantity on the date hotline
o Sydney Barringer’s mom and father’s condo quantity is 682
o the forensic science conference begins at eight:20
o Delmer Darion flips over a stack of playing cards to disclose the eight by 2 of diamonds
o proper after Jim Kurring sees Donnie Smith climbing up the constructing, you’ll be able to see a flash of an indication on the aspect of the highway that claims “Exodus eight:2″ (it is seen once more when the frogs fall and hit Kurring’s automobile)
o the quantity on the firefighter’s airplane.
o in Marcy’s mugshots, her felony document quantity is 82082082082
o within the bar scene there’s a chalkboard with two groups, the frog and the clouds, the rating is eight to 2
o spray painted on the cement as graffiti subsequent to the boy.
o member of the sport present crowd holds a placard with Exodus eight:2 written on it
o the children have been two days away from coming into their eighth week as champions.
o Quiz Child Donnie Smith received his 100 000 on 28 April 1968
o The primary two numbers of the Seduce and Destroy Hotline (1-877-TAME-HER) are 82.
o one of many hanged males has the 82 on his garments
o Jim says he will get off work at eight:00, and Claudia suggests they meet 2 hours later for a date
And right here is Exodus eight:2 –
And the Lord spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my individuals go, that they might serve me.
And if thou refuse to allow them to go, behold, I’ll smite all thy borders with frogs.
One other necessary piece of the puzzle comes from Dixon, the younger boy who raps to Jim after his discovery of the murders. The next is an excerpt from Dixon’s rap:
Verify that ego, come off it, I am the Prophet,
You are residing to grow old with a chip in your shoulder.
He is operating from the satan, however the debt is at all times gaining,
When the sunshine do not work, the great Lord carry the rain in.
Dixon calls himself the “Prophet” however he may very well be interpreted an extension of god. He takes Jim’s gun after it was misplaced, but in the course of the frog bathe, the gun falls from the sky together with the frogs – an indication that the boy had some management over the occasions.
The second and third strains of the rap are warning Jim that he is residing to maneuver greater (“to grow old”) but there’s something burdening him. Dixon is telling Jim that what he’s doing is not proper and warning him to cease. Nevertheless, Jim does not take heed to the rapper identical to how the Pharaoh of Egypt didn’t take heed to Moses. This message will not be solely meant for Jim, but it surely additionally symbolizes the wrongness within the lives of all the opposite characters. The final line warns that if God is ignored, he’ll carry on the rain.
An necessary key notice is that the characters all admit their wrongs however can not seem to get previous them. Claudia, for instance, is hooked on cocaine however can do nothing to cease, Linda feels horrible guilt for dishonest on Earl and makes an attempt to take her title off his will however cannot, and even Earl makes use of his closing breaths to confess his mistreatment of his son and spouse and pleads for forgiveness from Frank however he doesn’t obtain one.
The rain of frogs signifies God’s wake-up name to everybody. The rain of frogs – the extraordinarily unusual, nearly absurd state of affairs – was a approach for God to inform everybody that they’ve completed mistaken and sinned. Nevertheless, the bathe is his message that he’s at all times watching over the world and might intervene to assist when assist is required. After the rain of frogs, the characters seem to both make peace with their issues and have succeeded or, within the instance of Jimmy Gator’s loss of life, failed. This reveals that though god is there to assist, not every part at all times works out completely and there are at all times those who’re punished as a substitute of saved.
Please notice that this isn’t an official interpretation and the scene of the frog bathe is among the many most debated matter within the film world. Settle for my interpretation at your individual discretion and kind your individual opinions on the matter, which is most probably what the author P. T. Anderson had supposed.