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The Origins Of Star Wars Essay

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The Origins of Star Wars In the movie Star Wars, Director and Screenplay writer George Lucas creates a very complex, believable universe. Lucas borrows many things from different places to create his universe.This paper will show whether or not he succeeds and how does he does it. The origins of the much of Star Wars will be explained and the symbolic nature of the characters will be touched upon, as well as a brief history of the most important part of the story line.The Star Wars universe has a rich and complex history. It starts with Yoda, who trains Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan, after serving in the Clone Wars of the 'Old Republic' which existed right before the Empire, decided to take on the responsibility of training a Jedi. He trains a young up-and-coming hotshot pilot in the ways of the Force. This is Anakin Skywalker, Luke's father. Anakin finds the dark side of the Force much easier and more expedient than the light and becomes a dark Jedi, Darth Vader. He becomes so powerful that his body starts to be eroded by the dark side energies, forcing him to wear a suit and respirator. Ben blames himself for Anakin's failings and lives like a hermit in the Jundland Wastes of Tatooine, watching over Anakin's son, Luke.Luke Skywalker is the unwitting hero of Star Wars. He is reluctantly thrust into helping out the Rebel Alliance after his aunt and uncle are killed by the Evil Galactic Empire. In him we see all the naivete that is in a provincial boy. Lucas keeps the outcome of the movie in doubt by making the hero a child who must grow into his role. But the character is not an original one, he has no personality at the beginning of the story and Luke's character is only defined by the events that he passes through. And all of these come from Joseph Campbell's novel 'The Hero with a Thousand Faces', Luke follows the sketch of the archetypal hero's journey outlined in that book very closely.Princess Leia is not the ingenue we originally expect. Lucas breaks the feminine stereotype of helplessness and a weak will with Leia. She is smart and strong, and she knows how to get out of a bad situation. For example, when during her 'rescue' by Han Solo, Luke, and Chewbacca, she takes Luke's gun and blows a hole into the garbage chute for an escape, she forces the viewer to reevaluate her. She is also a trouble- maker in the group, her strong will clashes with Han's and creates conflict. This is compliment to Akira Kurosawa, the famous Japanese Director, as it appears that a big influence on her character was the Princess in his...

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