Re: What does the scene at the end of Raiders mean?

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Posted by Phil Colvin from on July 24, 1998 at 16:29:49:

In Reply to: Re: What does the scene at the end of Raiders mean? posted by Steve McCrary on July 24, 1998 at 13:46:06:

: : : I never really understood what the crating of the ark and storing it in that huge warehouse was supposed to mean at the end of Raiders? Is the American government hiding it, saving it for a rainy day, or what?

: : : Tim

: : Well, let me talk like an army general for a minute, that might explain it a little better.

: : (Picture an army General, standing in front of an American flag, yelling this at you.)

: : Well, son, it's like this. You have seen the power that the Ark possesses and you have seen what it can do. And if it were to fall into the hands of the Nazis, Communists, or any other fanatics, then they would be able to over come the world's armed forces, including the armies of the United States of America. That is why we, the United States Government and the Armed forces, have kept it locked up in a gigantic warehouse, with tons of other crap that can cause mass destruction. Do you hear me maggot?????

: : Sorry about the "maggot" line, but I just had to make it sound like an army guy. But the rest of it is probably the answer you would get. In the picture in Indy's book in Raiders and the stories in the Bible, the Hebrews carried the Ark into battle and every time, it helped them destroy their enemies and win wars. That's why Hitler was searching for it in the first place. He wanted to carry it with his army, so he would win every war he fought. Now if the Ark is locked up in a gigantic warehouse and mixed with a whole bunch of other crap, no one would find it and no one would be able to use it against America. I hope this explains it. If it doesn't, maybe someone else can give a better explanation.

: : Indy

: Does anyone here believe in God?

: In the book of Exodous... or Numbers, or something, it wasn't the ark itself that won the battles. it was God's power that helped the Israelites. He might have been channeling something, I don't know, but anyways, if the ark was in the hands of the Nazis, it probably wouldn't work, anyway, and destroy the evil ones regardless.

: Sermon ended.

: --Steve McCrary

Yes, I believe in God, Satan, Jesus as the messiah and a number of other things I could bore you all with :)

It's certainly an interesting idea, although I personally believe that God wouldn't need a gold box to deal with the Nazis. I think these relics which people claim have great powers are sometimes just an excuse for a lack of faith.

And from an historical point of view, we could argue that the Ark had no effect but the sheer presence of such an object spurred the attacking forces on and made the opposition afraid and later on, people attributed this to the power of God.

OK, so maybe not a discussion for an Indy board but it is a good point that maybe the Nazis were wasting their time...perhaps the violence of that end death scene is a way this was shown in the movie.


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