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Star Wars - The Journey of the Hero

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Transcript of Star Wars - The Journey of the Hero

STAR WARS
“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
Faces."
-George Lucas
Shanti Fader - editor of Parabola magazine,
a publication of the Society for the Study
of Myth and Tradition.
Bibliography
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.”
anakin Skywalker
Qui-gon jinn
Yoda
JEDI ORDER
The Chosen One
Obi-wan Kenobi
The apprentice
SITH ORDER
Darth maul
Darth sidious
darth vader
Padme amidala
The Loved One
leia organa
luke skywalker
The Twins
han solo
chewbacca
r2-d2
c-3po
Jabba the hutt
Original Trilogy:
1977 - IV: A New Hope
1980 - V: The Empire Strikes Back
1983 - VI: Return of the Jedi
human
male
tatooine
jedi knight
secret husband
human
male
jedi master
darth maul
human
male
stewjon
jedi master
gave up his life
returns as spirit
mysterious
male
green
jedi master
grand master
legendary wisdom,
mastery of the Force,
skills in lightsaber combat
young generations
training as basis
human
female
naboo
queen
vital role
secret wife
belief
human
male
tatooine
jedi destiny
founder
human
female
alderaan
trained by brother
jedi knight
human
male
corellia
smuggler
saved a friend
helped luke&obi
in love with
princess Leia
wookie
male
kashyyyk
co-pilot
life debt
shyriiwook
R2 - series astromech droid
naboo
adventurous personality
arms, sensors, tools
served queen
rescue operation
skywalkers generations
humanoid protocol droid
affa
bipedal
fluent in many forms of
communication
aided in saving the galaxy
served skywalker
faithful
hutt
hermaphrodite
nal hutta
notorious crime lord
illegal activities
han solo - former employee
Prequel trilogy:
1999 - I: The Phantom Menace
2002 - II: Attack of the Clones
2005 - III: Revenge of the Sith
human
male
naboo
double life
seduced anakin
dathomirian zabrak
male
dathomir
apprentice
killed qui-gon jinn
mobile life support
system
attacked the jedi order
defeated by old master
redemption
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_
10_archive.html
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
world.
Myth

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'
internal chronology.
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
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