The monkey in Nope had great significance to the protagonist, Ari. Ari’s doll was missing, but he believed that his friend, Roka, could help.
He believed that Roka could produce magical items from the monkey, such as the magical acorns that symbolize his desire to heal from his father’s death. This belief in magic and a magical world kept Ari hopeful throughout his journey and gave him the courage to face and overcome his memories of his father’s death. Thus, the monkey in Nope symbolized hope, resilience, and courage.