Themes in Star Wars: Dan Zehr Teacher and podcaster Studying Skywalkers is an exclusive column that investigates the characters, themes, and lessons of Star Wars from an educational, literary perspective. In this installment, StarWars. Each of these films helps to perpetuate our understanding of each character, as well as to further our examination of the cultural imperatives present in these beloved movies.
The Force is omnipresent, binding the universe and everything and everyone in it together. The Force is largely represented as nurturing and benign in nature, but it has a dark side as well.
This dark side, the side of aggression, anger, and hatred, empowers the Emperor and his apprentice, Darth Vader. The Force provides a spiritual dimension to the action of the trilogy and has been the subject of much speculation and theorizing by fans of the films.
George Lucas is careful not to spell out in any specific way what the Force is and what, exactly, the Jedi believe.
Clearly, however, the Force cannot be identified with the God of Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, as it is impersonal, created by life and not the creator of life. Rather, the Force is a new-agey amalgam of various eastern religious and western philosophical sources.
There are also elements of Romantic nature worship as in the essays of Ralph Waldo EmersonPantheism a belief that the universe itself is Godand Western-influenced Buddhism in the way characters speak of the Force. These are just a few interpretations, and though the Force is clearly central to the action of the Star Wars films, it ultimately remains mysterious.
Lucas seems to intend a general life force with which one can be in harmony or conflict, and the details can be safely left to the imagination. The Superiority of Nature over Technology The Jedi strive to live in simplicity and in harmony with nature.
They are not averse to technology, but they do not rely on it alone, at the expense of their own senses and feelings. When Luke encounters Ben and Yoda in their homes, he finds these Jedi masters living austere lives, close to the land.
A stark contrast to the way of the Jedi is the behavior of their dark-side counterparts, the Sith. Clearly then, there is something soul destroying in an over-reliance on technology. Nature proves to be superior to technology when the Ewoks rise up against the Empire on Endor.
Lucas himself has said that he intended this sequence to be reminiscent of the Vietnam War, in which the less technologically advanced side was ultimately victorious. Again, Lucas is not trying to say that technology is bad in itself.
Indeed, this would be an odd thing to claim in films that are themselves the product of the most advanced technology available at the time some characters are completely computer-generated in certain scenes.
After all, R2-D2 and C-3PO, two of the best and most beloved characters in the films, are, by their very nature, completely products of technology.
Drawing on the work of psychologists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, Campbell argues that the hero of myth must struggle against society and culture as he finds them in order to define himself both outwardly and inwardly. Outwardly, the hero struggles to find his place and role in society even as he struggles inwardly to understand his own nature.
Symbolically, these struggles take the form of an orphaned hero who discovers the secret of his birth often that he is of royal blood and must make his way in the world.
Along the way, the hero encounters resistance in the form of monsters he must battle which symbolize his own fears or failingsand he receives aid from wise older counselors.
The case of Luke Skywalker can easily be seen to fit this mythic pattern. Luke is an orphan, uncertain of his place in the world and even of his own identity.
He is cast adrift but is guided along his path by Ben and by Yoda, who share the wise elder counselor function. Luke faces many adversaries, but his greatest challenge is in learning self-mastery, and with each battle Luke grows in wisdom and self-understanding.
Note that Luke fights Vader in the end primarily to defend his sister, Leia. Ultimately, the son overthrows, and saves, the father, achieving the full maturity and goodness that the failed father figure could never achieve himself.Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope) is a American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas.
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