The arrival of the bear to the scene feels very deliberately significant, even on the first watch of Midsommar. Even one of the group questions whether they should just ignore the bear in that area. You cannot dismiss it. It belongs to Chekhov.
Without giving too much away for those who haven’t seen Midsommar yet, I will say that Chekhov’s bear explodes very spectacularly in the final act. If you’ve somehow opted to read this without wanting to know what happens in it, be warned.
Who was in the bear in Midsommar?
In the Midsommar movie, The bear was yet another significant symbol used to symbolise Christian. Christian was to be burnt in a bear carcass by Dani, the May Queen.
What did the bear symbolize in Midsommar?
According to the Hargan tradition, the bear symbolises “unholy influence” or “worst affekts”.