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Star Wars - The Journey of the Hero
Transcript of Star Wars - The Journey of the Hero
“When I started out making the movies,
I was working toward making it modern
mythology. I had studied anthropology
in college, and social sciences was my
major before I got into film...
I did more research before I wrote the
screenplay for Star Wars. I read and
reread The Hero With A Thousand
Shanti Fader - editor of Parabola magazine,
a publication of the Society for the Study
of Myth and Tradition.
1. Joseph Campbell.(2004). The Hero with a thousand faces. 3rd Edition.
Princeton University Press
“Last year's action movie is last
year's action movie. Most of them
are forgotten. Something mythical
like Star Wars endures...
The stories speak to something
inside us that wants to know how
our world lives, that wants to make
order of it and find some meaning.”
The Chosen One
The Loved One
Jabba the hutt
1977 - IV: A New Hope
1980 - V: The Empire Strikes Back
1983 - VI: Return of the Jedi
gave up his life
returns as spirit
mastery of the Force,
skills in lightsaber combat
training as basis
trained by brother
saved a friend
in love with
R2 - series astromech droid
arms, sensors, tools
humanoid protocol droid
fluent in many forms of
aided in saving the galaxy
notorious crime lord
han solo - former employee
1999 - I: The Phantom Menace
2002 - II: Attack of the Clones
2005 - III: Revenge of the Sith
killed qui-gon jinn
mobile life support
attacked the jedi order
defeated by old master
The Dark Side
THE JOURNEY OF THE HERO
The journey of the hero
The story structure of Star Wars owes much to Campbell’s theory of the “journey of the hero” – from discovery, to initiation, to the heroic return.
"Lucas was inspired by the scholarly works of people such as Joseph Campbell who have noticed the presence of the circle in mythic tales and cultures from the dawn of civilization, from Stonehenge to ancient art and relics." Nick Leshi
The Circle Theory
2. Nick Leshi.[Blog]. City of Kik http://nickleshi.blogspot.com/2009_05_
Myth, according to Campbell, is the
projection of a culture's dreams onto
a large screen; Campbell's book, like
Star Wars, the film it helped inspire,
is an exploration of the big-picture
moments from the stage that is our
an American epic space opera film
originally released as Star Wars in 1977
written and directed by George Lucas
the first of six films released in the Star Wars saga
two subsequent films complete the original trilogy
a prequel trilogy completes the six-film saga
the fourth film in terms of the series'
a call to adventure
a road of trials
survive a severe challenge
achieve the goal/boon
return to the ordinary world
face the challenges on the return
the aplication of the boon