15 best Stranger Things quotes to live by

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“People don’t spend their lives trying to get a look at what’s behind the curtain. They like the curtain. It provides them stability, comfort, definition.” – Murray

Episode: “Dig Dug” 

This line from the paranoid, conspiracy-loving Murray Bauman during Jonathan’s and Nancy’s visit to him to get his help in revealing the truth about Barb’s death. Obviously, Murray is someone who prides himself on being brave enough to look behind the metaphorical curtain and in a way devalues the others who he views as being too scared to look behind that curtain.

This can obviously be viewed in two ways. One, Murray really is a nut-job who is simply crazy enough to believe that there is a deeper meaning behind everything. However, as the audience, we know that Murray is indeed correct in most of his ideas about the shady business that the government is doing in Hawkins.

Therefore Murray’s line’s coming with a deeper meaning. That maybe the curtain should be there because if it wasn’t everyone would be living in constant fear and paranoia like he is. In a way, the curtain is a good thing. But it still won’t stop people like Murray, Nancy and Jonathan from wanting to look behind it.

The other thing that makes this line resonate is that it makes the suggestion that maybe there is a curtain just like Murray is talking about in our real world. Maybe there is something many of us choose not to see and don’t want to see but is there none the less.