“God is a Squirrel”: The Symbolism of The Revenant Explained

The Revenant is a thrilling, immersive survival film. Like other survival films, the movie centers around the conflict between humans and the environment they are in (with some righteous Native Americans and a stirring revenge plot thrown in for good measure). But The Revenant also works as a quasi-Native American myth as well, utilizing metaphorical symbols to convey further meaning to viewers.

Listed below is a list of some (but definitely not all) of the symbols in The Revenant (and caution, SPOILERS!!!!!!):

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