I agree that Cobb's wife (presumably actually dead in his real life) will keep appearing in his dreams.Jungian wrote:It proves the ring is on Cobb when he is married, and off him when he is notPonsonby wrote:As many have noted, Nolan's use of the wedding ring is impressively consistent throughout the movie. We see the ring on Cobb's finger in scenes that are clearly marked as being dreams, or as Cobb-described flashbacks; and we see Cobb's ringless finger in scenes not clearly marked as being dreams. Much effort has been expended by many, many viewers, in trying to clearly see Cobb's left hand in the final scenes of the movie--scenes over which Nolan, again, has taken much care (this time to hide DiCaprio's hand from the camera).
All this is remarkably well-done.
But...what does it prove? What can it prove? What would prevent a man dreaming of sci-fi concepts called "dream-share" and "inception" as he traveled homeward on a 747, from dreaming that sometimes his wedding ring was on his hand and sometimes it was not?
In the end when he hands over the passport it should have been easy to spot, but its not there
And in Limbo across the table from Saito, Cobb still wears the ring, and that is even after he has "let go" of his subconscious torment/marriage to his guilt. I am sure Mal will keep appearing for Cobb, even in his normal dreamshare-less dreams
But you haven't addressed the question "what would prevent a man...from dreaming that sometimes his wedding ring was on his hand and sometimes it was not?"
Not to put you, personally, on the spot. It's just that I've noticed, with interest, that no "dream-share is real" theorist ever addresses that question.
On a closely-related topic: Why don't "dream-share is real" theorists offer any plausible answers to the question of how a totem could possibly work to tell its owner if he's in a dream or not--? That supposed capacity of totems is very often alleged, as those of us who post about Inception know well. Yet, since in a dream our subconscious can create events, people, and things---how could anyone trust that the "tell" of a totem was working? The totem-owner can dream of anything, without willing or intending to do so--including his totem "working" a certain way!
(All this is aside from the fact that Nolan provides two contradictory explanations of totems: Arthur, of course, states that they tell you whether you're in your own dream or someone else's; while Cobb's dialogue supports the 'dream versus reality' concept. More movie-goers seem to have latched onto the latter than to the former, which I find fascinating.)