What is the ending scene of "2001, A Space Odyssey" supposed to mean?

Cant figure out exactly what is going on, or why. What message is this trying to convey? Has someone who has seen it, or maybe knows the story behind it, give some insight? Very odd ending.

4 Answers

  • ?
    Lv 7
    7 years ago
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    Here's a explanation from Stanley Kubrick.

    You begin with an artifact left on earth four million years ago by extraterrestrial explorers who observed the behavior of the man-apes of the time and decided to influence their evolutionary progression. Then you have a second artifact buried deep on the lunar surface and programmed to signal word of man's first baby steps into the universe -- a kind of cosmic burglar alarm. And finally there's a third artifact placed in orbit around Jupiter and waiting for the time when man has reached the outer rim of his own solar system.

    When the surviving astronaut, Bowman, ultimately reaches Jupiter, this artifact sweeps him into a force field or star gate that hurls him on a journey through inner and outer space and finally transports him to another part of the galaxy, where he's placed in a human zoo approximating a hospital terrestrial environment drawn out of his own dreams and imagination. In a timeless state, his life passes from middle age to senescence to death. He is reborn, an enhanced being, a star child, an angel , if you like, and returns to earth prepared for the next leap forward of man's evolutionary destiny

  • Jonny
    Lv 4
    7 years ago

    2001 has also been described as an allegory of human conception, birth and death. In part, this can be seen through the final moments of the film, which are defined by the image of the "star child", an in utero fetus that draws on the work of Lennart Nilsson. The star child signifies a "great new beginning", and is depicted naked and ungirded, but with its eyes wide open.

  • Tommy
    Lv 5
    7 years ago

    watch "2010: the Year we make contact"

    to find out more

  • Jules
    Lv 5
    7 years ago

    I couldn't tell you what any of that movie was supposed to mean.

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