I feel like we’ve all seen or at least heard of « Get Out ». Well, if somehow you haven’t seen it, Get Out was a horror/thriller that was a massive hit back in 2017. To quickly summarize, this film was about a young Black man, Chris, who decides to visit his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend getaway. This seemingly innocent trip takes a turn for the worst as Chris finds out dark secrets about his Girlfriend’s family. But we’re not here to talk all day about the amazing plot of the movie, instead, we’re here to talk about a reoccurring symbol: The deer. In this blog, I’ll explain the significance of the deer and its different interpretations throughout the film. Without further ado, let’s get started.
The first time we see a deer is when Chris and Rose are on their way up to her parent’s house, where they hit a deer. Chris is very upset by the sight of the dead deer, as it brings to mind his mother, who died in a hit-and-run accident. For Chris, the deer symbolizes loss, helplessness, and his mother death. When they arrive at her parent’s house, Dean Armitage, Rose’s father, talks about deers saying that they are taking over everything and they need to be killed. He uses a very angry tone to describe his desire to get rid of the deer in the area. Later in the film, when Chris is strapped to a chair in the basement, he sees a stuffed deer’s head on the wall. It is at this point that the deer symbolizes vulnerability and one’s dominance over another. Chris, like the deer, has become the victim. The deer is a trophy for the Armitages, in the same way, that it becomes clear Chris is. For the Armitage family, deers are symbols of unwanted visitors to be hunted. There is a parallel between how Dean perceives deer and how he perceives black people. He feels entitled to hunt both of them, and then keep them as trophies of his dominance.
The way these 2 sides perceive deer reflects their character in this film. For Chris, the deer symbolizes victimhood and vulnerability. On the other hand, for Dean, they represent something to be hunted. That is the way they perceive deer, which translates into how they act towards each other. Dean sees deer and Chris as an unwanted being who is to be hunted, while Chris sees deer as vulnerability and helplessness, which is how he feels in this situation that he’s been put in.
To conclude, Get Out was a fantastic horror movie with multiple examples of symbolism, the most evident one being the reoccurring deer. This symbol represents different things to different characters but still attaches additional meaning to the deer, enriching the comprehension of the movie.
Wikipedia contributors. “Get Out.” Wikipedia, 12 June 2021, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get_Out.