#3 Posted by Alexander (1724 posts) -

It was a rug that really tied the room together, that's as far as I read into it.

#4 Posted by RawknRo11a (568 posts) -

It really brought the room together, man...

#5 Posted by mustachioeugene (521 posts) -

The rug is The Dude. As the rug really brings the room together, so too does The Dude bring us all together.

#6 Edited by deadmoscow (268 posts) -

Who knows? I think nothing - it's just a MacGuffin used to move the plot together. You might be interested in this book though: The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies. An old professor of mine was the editor. It's a collection of critical work and essays about the film, and it's pretty interesting (if you're into that sort of thing).

#7 Posted by EuanDewar (5103 posts) -

ofc Coen movies are modern art what kinda question is that

#8 Posted by MikkaQ (10344 posts) -

His rug represents togetherness, a coherence of life and lifestyles, not just tying the room together, but all the essential elements that make up his dudeness.

#9 Posted by Veektarius (5025 posts) -

Why didn't you say "Johnson" instead of manhood? I'm seriously confused about your actual commitment to the Big Lebowski due to this oversight.

Voted other. The rug represents his pride. The fact that he can afford a rug validates his lifestyle (which was one of the choices, but isn't his lifestyle itself), allowing him to proceed under the illusion that he's still getting by. It's the proverbial flatscreen TV in the parlance of our times, the indicator of socioeconomic status that allows the working poor (or non-working, as the case may be) to believe they're living the American Dream, just so long as How I Met Your Mother is on. How I Met Your Mother wasn't on back then, which is probably why the Dude only needed a rug. The bar has been raised since 1990, but not for the better, as I'm sure the Dude would agree. (And woe betide the man who attempts to point out an error with this year).

#10 Posted by FilipHolm (669 posts) -

@EuanDewar said:

ofc Coen movies are modern art what kinda question is that

A genuine question about an awesome movie?

#11 Posted by Animasta (14728 posts) -

Sorry, I'm out of my element and thus can't answer.

#12 Posted by Kerned (1169 posts) -

Excess baggage. He lets the rug become more important than it needs to be, and fixating on it brings a lot of harm to him and his friends.

#13 Posted by TheHT (11819 posts) -

It just really tied the room together.

#14 Posted by OfficeGamer (1086 posts) -

@Animasta said:

Sorry, I'm out of my element and thus can't answer.

"Please share your opinion Donny" - Walter.

#15 Posted by Nottle (1915 posts) -

Sometimes a rug is just a cigar...

Wait.

#16 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3088 posts) -

It represents what tied the room together, man.

#17 Posted by Icicle7x3 (1204 posts) -

@OfficeGamer said:

@Animasta said:

Sorry, I'm out of my element and thus can't answer.

"Please share your opinion Donny" - Walter.

This poll does not stop and start at your convenience

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#18 Edited by stinky (1554 posts) -
@deadmoscow said:

Who knows? I think nothing - it's just a MacGuffin used to move the plot together. 

 
i agree... the rug really tied the movie together. 
 
as far as purpose the rug underscored the mundane in life that the other absurdities worked off of.  
backbone of the film. 
#19 Posted by bushpusherr (852 posts) -

I think it's just another joke. Thinking of the movie as a whole, realizing the entire thing happened as a result of the rug is just funny. I don't need any other meaning besides that.

#20 Posted by rentfn (1288 posts) -

Is the Wood Chipper still just a Wood Chipper??

#21 Posted by imsh_pl (3314 posts) -

shut the fuck up donny

#22 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3998 posts) -

@stinky said:

@deadmoscow said:

Who knows? I think nothing - it's just a MacGuffin used to move the plot together.

i agree... the rug really tied the movie together.

Well put.

It's crazy MacGuffin wasn't an option on the poll. I guess "Nothing"? Or other? I'm not sure.

#23 Posted by BaneFireLord (2957 posts) -

Since one of the (if not the) main themes of the movie was that things that seem important often turn out to be pointless (the notepad scene, for instance) I'm gonna go with the rug just being his fuckin rug.

#24 Posted by psylah (2186 posts) -

It represented an overrated movie.

#25 Posted by mordukai (7185 posts) -

@SoothsayerGB: Why did you kill Walter?

Also. it just tied the room together. That's how deep anyone should read into it.

#26 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

A rug.

#27 Posted by Animasta (14728 posts) -

@psylah said:

It represented an overrated movie.

fuckin nihilists man

#28 Edited by I_smell (3925 posts) -

Look all of you idiots shut the fuck up, it's his fucking penis/manhood.

#29 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3998 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@psylah said:

It represented an overrated movie.

fuckin nihilists man

Cut off his johnson.

No really, he deserves it.

#30 Posted by I_smell (3925 posts) -

The chinaman peed on his penis/manhood, read between the lines.

#31 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3998 posts) -

@I_smell said:

The chinaman peed on his penis/manhood, read between the lines.

The chinamen is not the issue here.

#32 Posted by gogosox82 (424 posts) -

I think its just rug and he wanted it back.

#33 Posted by Jay_Ray (1133 posts) -

@ArtisanBreads said:

@I_smell said:

The chinaman peed on his penis/manhood, read between the lines.

The chinamen is not the issue here.

Also, Dude, Chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature. "Asian-American", please.

#34 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -
#35 Posted by gkhan (489 posts) -

Most of you guys have been having fun saying that it essentially stands for nothing, it's just a funny joke that The Dude would get so worked up about something so essentially unimportant. There is a lot of truth to that viewpoint, but you're giving the movie too little credit if you think that there's nothing more to it than that. There clearly is, and the rug (and the soiling of it) is part of the central theme of the movie.

The Dude and his friends grew up in a different society from the one the movie takes place in. Once upon a time, The Dude was a radical. He was molded in a world that told him that standing up to the man, occupying buildings, writing manifestos and protesting Vietnam and inciting riots ("with six other guys") would change things. It would make the world a better place, a more just and fair place. He was taught that in order to make a real difference, you had to go outside society's boundaries, and protest the system instead of submitting to it. He fully committed to this, sacrificing his education and his future prospects for it.

But he was wrong. Society ultimately ignored his generation and tossed him and Donny and Walter aside (Walter, as a neglected Vietnam veteran, is a different side of essentially the same coin). The Big Lebowski says as much in the beginning of the movie ("Your revolution is over, Mr. Lebowski! Condolences! The bums lost!"). He now finds himself discarded, unemployable and totally unprepared for the America that Nixon, Reagan and the 80's would usher in. This America is now ruled, unquestioningly, by the inherited wealthy like The Big Lebowski. Even pornography is changing, going all digital, though The Dude will still jerk off manually.

The radicals that do exist today are people he doesn't understand, people with more money than sense, people who suspend themselves from roofs in order to make "vaginal" art (the word itself, apparently, makes some men uncomfortable. Vagina.) These people aren't radical because they are genuinely idealistic and want to change the world, they're radical because they have so much money that they don't know what to do with their days, they're radicals just because they can be (you also see this with the nihilists, who literally "believe in nothing", something which old guard revolutionaries like The Dude and Vietnam veteran Walter can barely comprehend).

His life, then, in this new society, will consist of bowling, smoking weed and going to the grocery store in his robe and paying for milk with a check. When he dies, he (like Donny), will be barely remembered by only a few friends and life will go on without him like he never even existed. Nobody will even pay for a proper funeral.

But by the time the 90's come about, The Dude is more or less fine with this. He "abides". He doesn't need to be remembered, he doesn't need to be "somebody", if he can just go on and live out his existence unimpeded, he's just fine with that. By the time the movie starts, he has long given up on radicalism, but that doesn't mean that it was never there. Just because he just floats through life now doesn't mean that he never had aspirations of greater things.

But then, a chinaman (not the preferred nomenclature) pisses on his rug. Just because The Dude has come to terms with being a nobody doesn't mean that he deserves to be pushed around, especially not since he did nothing wrong. The person who deserves getting his rug pissed on is the rich guy, the guy who won, but he's too powerful, so it's The Dude who has to pay the price. Note that the characters start using President Bush's rhetoric about Saddam Hussein: this is an aggression, it will not stand, it's about drawing a line in the sand. A truce had been established between the "bums" like The Dude and the fat cats like The Big Lebowski, where the fat cats get all the power, and as long as they leave the bums alone they wont complain. The Big Lebowski has violated that truce, and The Dude is seeking reparations. All The Dude wanted was his rug back.

Mostly though, it just really tied the room together.

#36 Posted by OfficeGamer (1086 posts) -

@bushpusherr said:

I think it's just another joke. Thinking of the movie as a whole, realizing the entire thing happened as a result of the rug is just funny. I don't need any other meaning besides that.

My English major says SURPRISE MOTHERFUCKER. They don't consider anything to be art if they don't fuck it up with obsessive pretentious delusional analysis.

They fuck it up, Walter, they fuck it up!

#37 Posted by LastNinja (281 posts) -

@Everyone

Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

#38 Posted by shadows_kill (3165 posts) -

It just really tied that room together, man.

#39 Posted by TooWalrus (13258 posts) -

It just really tied the room together. I'm not sure there's more to it than that.

#40 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2543 posts) -

No like I said Wou peed on my rug.