In part 1 we looked at how Prometheus can be interpreted as a gnostic creation myth and met some of the characters. In this post we’ll look at some of the other symbolism in the film, including the secret of immortality and the alchemy of creation. As always, EXPECT SPOILERS!
Holloway, Shaw, and David explore the temple mound
Elizabeth Shaw is our moral compass and the emotional heart of the film. It’s her search for answers from the gods she believes created us that brings the crew of the Prometheus to a remote part of the solar system. When she finally comes into contact with the gods, she undergoes an initiation, a descent into the underworld in search of knowledge, that tests her faith to the limit. A kind of extraterrestrial dark night of the soul. The descent happens, appropriately enough, in a ritual mound.
The Prometheus lands on…
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