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Monday, February 20, 2012

The Woman in Black ending explanation

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The Woman in Black ending ties up all loose ends established in the setup. Arthur mourns for his wife. The son never meets his mother. Thus, the woman in black wants Arthur to experience grief. The astral horror features an interesting movie ending that is touching.

The Woman in Black ending explanation follows below. If you haven't watched the movie yet, beware of the movie spoiler.

***Movie Spoiler***

Arthur reunited the woman in black spirit with her deceased son. Mr. Daily is no longer a nonbeliever in ghosts. He sees his deceased son in the estate. Arthur and Mr. Daily drive to the train station. 

In the estate, the woman echoes that she will never forgive. Arthur believes the woman in black curse is broken. The woman in black has an unexpected plan.

At the train station, Arthur chats with Mr. Daily. Mr. Daily invited little Joseph (Arthur's son), housemaid and Arthur to stay at his home. Arthur declines because he wants to take his family back home as quickly as possible. It is obvious that Arthur is unsettled about his entire experience.

Joseph holds his dad's hand. The son meets Mr. Daily. Arthur requests the housemaid to purchase train tickets to make a return trip back home. 

The woman in black arrives. She hypnotizes Joseph. He releases his father's hand. Arthur continues to talk with Mr. Daily. Joseph walks on the train tracks. 

Arthur discovers Joseph has ventured away. A quick train is racing toward the son. Arthur races over to rescue Joseph. In the nick of time, Arthur saves his son from the powerful train. 

The train station is dark. Mr. Daily and the housemaid are nowhere to be seen. Mr. Daily looks at the train track in fear. The housemaid is shocked. We realize Arthur and his son died in a train accident. 

The dark world is an allegory to convey the darkness as a spiritual world on the other side. The son asks his father who the woman is in the distance. Arthur and the son walk toward the woman. 

The father reveals the woman to Joseph's mother. Joseph displays a cute smile. He is happy to meet his mom for the first time. Arthur is also relieved to finally reunite with his wife. The wife is set down from Heaven to guide her family. 

The woman in black watches this display of happiness. We think she is happy about this bonding. However, the woman in black never forgives. She is a malevolent spirit with eternal hatred. 

Meanwhile, Arthur, Joseph, and the wife/mother walk down the train tracks to Heaven. The woman in black makes a scary face, glaring at the audience. We see this pure evil glowing from her eyes. 

The Woman in Black ending is about closure. Arthur reunited with a wife he grieves. The son meets his mother, which is a touching moment. The train accident enabled Arthur and his son to go into the afterlife as a family. If Arthur had committed suicide, he would be denied Heaven. 

The movie plot about revenge, curse, and hatred remains a constant factor. As the main character, Arthur is given the wish he wants - to join his wife. His love for his wife is infinite. We realize Arthur would never commit suicide or harm his son. The only way to enter Heaven to see the wife/mother again is through death. 

It is possible the children who unknowingly commit suicide will be denied access to Heaven. The Woman in Black movie ending resonates on a number of sub-genres. The emotional structure is filled with internal motivation, retribution, hatred, bonding, closure, grief and evil. In the end, the Kipps family can enter Heaven, a spiritual region the woman in black will never see unless she forgives the town.




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39 comments:

  1. Mate, you are really wrong, you do have some good points but you're missing out on the one big thing. When Arthur brings the woman in black's child, he screams out, "you're not my mother", so is the woman in black really the mother of the kid who drowned in mud?

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  2. Nick,

    Thanks for the comment. Check out our TwistEndings.com
    website. There is a discussion in the comment section about the movie. We discussed the "you're not my mother" in the ending. Thanks.

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  3. hi,
    I just watched the movie and have come looking for an explanation because I did not get closure. when dealing with a proper malevolent evil like this woman you need some closure for your sanity. I like your point about meeting back with his dead wife however I disagree that this brings any sense of closure. In death we find closure? ok well that's fine for him, but what about the rest of the population and all the kids and parents who are potentially going to die horifically by a hateful ghost woman.

    this storyline is shyte from the very start when three little girls walk out of their attic windows, although it's a shame because the photography was stunning and they built a truely frightful ambience which is enjoyable when the audience is brought back in the end to a logical outcome.

    This movie has a lot of impressive scenes and I think that is why people are even bothering to get an explanation for this. In the end it's clear this is not a genius story, lead us all nowhere, and now my girlfriend is afraid of the dark again.

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  4. @Frenqo,

    Thanks for sharing your personal analysis. I don't think The Woman in Black is structured to save the town from the wrath of the malevolent spirit. The movie end leads us to closure, such as Arthur and Joseph reuniting with the mother and wife.

    The opening scene establishes evil. We see three girls commit suicide while in a trance. The setting immediately sets the tone the rest of the way. It is the inciting incident, a frightening moment that makes an excellent page turner. Why is this mysterious woman brainwashing the three girls?

    I doubt the woman in black will begin killing again. She must be disturbed to kill. The town knows to avoid the marsh and or awakening the evil spirit. We don't see the woman in black until Arthur disturbs her peace.

    The movie is character-driven to convey a satisfying ending such as what we see in The Sixth Sense, Stir Of Echoes, Gothika, What Lies Beneath, The Grudge, and similar movies with the same structure.

    We can speculate on the woman in black killing future children, but chances are she will return to the home until she is disturbed.

    I believe the movie ending is pointing to the setup. Arthur allows his life to spiral downward. He has an unpaid note in his bag. Arthur constantly reflects on past moments. Most characters who lose their wives keep their wedding band on their finger.

    The movie is excellent. We covered it a few times on several of our movie websites. Check out our FilmEnding.com, MovieExplanations.com, iSpoilers.com, and TwistEndings.com websites.

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  5. Why exactly don't any of the villagers just move somewhere else so the Women in Black can't effect them.

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  6. @Greg,

    In my opinion, the villagers don't see a need to leave the village. They conform to the curse. Thus, the villagers mind their own business to avoid attracting the woman in black. Most people who live in regions with curses tend to be passive.

    Outsiders investigate the origin behind a curse. In the movie, maybe the villagers believe this curse can follow them no matter where they go. The best case scenario is to accept the curse - keep from disturbing the woman in black.

    The woman in black is a spirit. A spirit can travel across the physical plane. If the villagers move to Southern England and or London, the woman in black can follow them. The villagers are forever connected to the village as well as the curse.

    The curse is drawn to the villagers - the woman in black curse is probably a generational/bloodline curse. As with objects, an evil spirit can travel anywhere they please. Hence, the villagers find that conforming is the best response to keep their children alive.

    We can see the parents hiding their children once Arthur appears in the town. He is an outsider that can influence the curse - whether breaking or activating it.

    Thanks for the question.

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  7. The movie is very different from the book. If you need closure, I suggest you pick it up and read it.

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    1. @Chrissi,

      Thanks for the comment. We plan to upload The Woman in Black book ending on BookEndings.com next week.

      In my opinion, the movie ending provides closure. Great movie. I'm sure the book will be great too. Thanks!

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  15. YOU"RE ALL WRONG. I see a different ending. not a happy one. but a bit of a twist to the twist. I believe that arthur and misha were not walking off with stella, rather they were walking off with TWIB who was appearing to them as stella. they are off to join the rest of the children in their fate as hopeless prisoners. TWIB even looks like stella at the ending shot. Here's my reasoning....at the very beginning, and then throughout we see the children committing suicide for some unexplained reason. this is the most horrific point in the story, and it should have been on the forefront of your thoughts throughout. (for some reason i do not see anyone else discussing this point.....-wake up folks). at the 70 minute mark, mrs daley is possessed by nicholas who speaks to arthur, reiterating the disturbing fact "she makes us do it..... somehow she takes us". this movie would have no closure without answering this quiestion, and the ending provides this by showing that TWIB appears as someone or something that the children are drawn to which they do not fear. TWIB then leads them away and they are trapped in her domain. teck has spoken.

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    1. I think he saved them from the curse by sacrificing himself. Her whole deal was Alice didn't do enough to save Nathaniel. Kipps sacrificed his life to try and save him. He broke the curse in the sense that he was able to to a hapy afterlife vs being stuck with her

      That was my take

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