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Us Rabbit Meaning – The Symbolism in Jordan Peele’s Movie, Explained

The opening credits to Jordan Peele’s Us is a long shot on a row of cages (11, to be exact) containing a majority white rabbits with a few black and brown in the mix. The camera lingers on this shot long enough, accompanied with the unnerving score from Michael Abels, for these rabbits to feel more menacing—an omen of what’s to come next.

The rabbits are one of many recurring symbols during the film. Adelaide’s daughter, Zora, wears a shirt with a rabbit on it. She also has a sweatshirt with the word “Th?”, or Vietnamese for “rabbit.” There’s a stuffed rabbit in the family cabin. And, of course, the rabbits are hopping around during the film’s underground climax. Then, in one of the final scenes, Jason—after being rescued from the underground—is holding a rabbit.

So, what do they mean?

The film does offer one answer: Red tells Adelaide that the Tethered have been surviving by eating rabbits raw, which is disgusting, but effective, considering how quickly rabbits reproduce.

But there’s a deeper meaning, too.

Often, rabbits symbolize rebirth, which fits with the intentions of the Tethered to start a new chapter living on the surface. But, connecting with Peele’s greater theme of duality, rabbits are often used as test subjects, which represents the lives of these Tethered as an abandoned experiment.

We can also look at the rabbit as an allusion in cinema. For example, in Alice in Wonderland, the animal is known as going down the

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