As explained in Genesis 11:9 from the Bible where the title was drawn, Babel is where God confused the people who once had one language. In the entirety of the movie, confusions abound, a fact that one cannot deny is in abundance in lives around the world regardless of age, status, gender, education or political beliefs and affiliations.
Richard and Susan, the couple who went on vacation to Morocco, trying to mend the damages their loss of their child brought to their marriage show many symbolisms in their character. For instance, in their attempt to get over the loss of their child, one would wonder why they chose Morocco. Whether it was planned well or not is not the issue, but the message the director wanted to send to viewers. One hypothesis could be the intensity of the emotions of the couple which they were not able to express, could be well displayed in their choice of place. It could also symbolize the state they are in, with their love for each other still hot however is drying out because of the confusions they are going through with the loss of their child. Their choice could also be interpreted in accordance to general observations that, when a person is troubled, he usually makes hasty decisions which usually leads to more problems.
The character of Chieko, the deaf Japanese girl who was encountering problems regarding growing up in addition to the loss of her mother represents the vulnerable, usually misunderstood and abused in their weaknesses. The usual uniform of Japanese students is one of the symbolisms that was misconstrued, being short enough to show the form of the user. It has been taken as a sexual invitation when the young girl was still innocent about such matters. This could draw one’s attention to avoid stereotyping rather understanding customs and traditions before drawing conclusions.