Professor Clay and Madonna
Star Wars and Politics
4 October 2017
Though Star Wars was set in a galaxy far far away many events and characters from the saga are based from events and people from our home planet. It is well known that George Lucas loves history and when working on the characters and plot for the story he used his knowledge of history to help craft it along with his cinematic knowledge. In an interview with the boston globe Lucas said “I love history, so while the psychological basis of ‘Star Wars’ is mythological, the political and social bases are historical,” which is why you can relate Star Wars to so much of politics. One prime example of how Star Wars is influenced by real life history and people is the constant use of Nazi symbolism and the mirroring of Adolf Hitler and Palpatine.
Lucas connected the Galactic Empire to the Nazis in many different ways from costumes to character development and imagery. The stormtroopers who pledge their allegiance to the empire were named after the fighters that defended the Nazi Party. Darth Vader’s helmet and the attire the Imperial Officers wore both mimic the German Army uniforms. In the prequels Lucas continues to draw comparisons between the Empire and Nazi Germany by mirroring Palpatine/Darth Sidious’s rise from chancellor to emperor to Adolf Hitler’s rise from chancellor to dictator. The empire weren’t the only ones that were paired with Nazis, in the last scene of a New Hope when Leia gives medals to Han Solo and Luke while soldiers stand at attention mirrors the tremendous Nazi rallies in Nuremberg.
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