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

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Posted by Stephen from on July 25, 1998 at 08:07:33:

In Reply to: What does the scene at the end of Raiders mean? posted by Tim Wilson on July 24, 1998 at 09:30:56:

: 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

I always interpreted the final scene as a continuation of God's desire
to keep the ark from man. Remember Sallah's warning to Indy in Cairo
when he said, "If the ark is there (in Tanis), it was not meant to
be found" (or something to that effect). Just as the ark had been lost
to man for thousands of years in Tanis, so it would continue to be
lost to man in the vast recesses of the warehouse... it's exact place
lost to memory and consumed by a "sandstorm" of thousands of other
identical crates.

Well, that's just my interpretation.


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