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The Hero's Journey is an archetypal adventure during which a chosen character becomes a hero and learns a moral lesson through his journey. The Hero's Journey can be found in many well-knows writings and movies.
The first step of a hero's journey is the Call to Adventure. A Call to Adventure is an event that triggers the hero to start his adventure.
In Star Wars: A New Hope
, Luke visits Obi-Wan Kenobi, a master Jedi, after a droid named R2-D2 displays Princess Leia's holographic message where she's pleading for help to save her from Darth Vader and defeat the evil Galactic Empire. Luke learns about the force and the rebel forces, and Obi-Wan advises Luke to come with him to save the Princess. This is his Call to Adventure. At first, he has a Refusal of the Call, which is another step in the Hero's journey, because he has to stay home and work with his uncle. After his refusal, Kenobi and Luke hear an explosion. Luke rushes home and sees that the Imperial Forces have killed his aunt and uncle and destroyed their home. It is now that Luke realizes that he must save Princess Leia and avenge his aunt and uncle by fighting against the Imperial Forces. During his call to adventure, he completes the Meeting With The Mentor step. A mentor is someone who teaches the hero essential information and gives him/her guidance. Luke's mentor throughout the story is Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kenobi knew Luke's father in the past, and he starts training Luke with the Force and his father's light saber. The Crossing of the First Threshold is the next step. This is when the hero leaves his/her ordinary life behind and begins the adventure. Luke and Obi- Wan decide to hire Han Solo, a smuggler, and a friendly beast named Chewbacca to fly them to the planet of Alderaan and save the princess. Luke crosses the first threshold of his journey when he departs from his planet and goes into the spaceship to save Princess Leia.
The next step in the Hero's Journey is the Road of Trials. The Road of Trials is a series of obstacles that the hero must face in order to accomplish his goal. When Luke and the rest of the group reach the location of Alderaan, they realize that the planet no longer exists. They figure out that Darth Vader has blown up the planet because it was Princess Leia's home planet. The spaceship is pulled into the Death Star space station, which is the base of the Galactic Empire. The group must disguise as Storm Trooper soldiers in order to save Princess Leia, and they have to face many physical hardships in order to bring Princess Leia safely back into the spaceship. This is the Road of Trials for Luke. The Meeting with the Goddess is another traditional step in the Hero's Journey. Princess Leia is the Goddess in this situation, and Luke has an affectionate feeling towards her. Another Road of Trials occurs when Luke and other rebel pilots try to destroy the Death Star spaceship by targeting it's weakness. Many pilots die during this mission, and Luke is the only one left at the end. Han Solo, who had refused to fight with the pilots, helps Luke destroy the space station and complete the Road of Trials. The Ultimate Boon, which is the next traditional step, is the achievement of the hero's goal. Luke achieves his goal by saving Princess Leia from Darth Vader and by avenging his aunt and uncle by defeating the Galactic Empire. At the end, Luke has become the Master of the Two Worlds, meaning that he changes and achieves new skills through his adventures. Luke gets spiritual strength by being introduced to the Force, and he gets more experience and skills in flying spacecrafts.
The hero in
Star Wars: A New Hope
is Luke because he changes from being an ordinary boy to a savior of the rebel forces. Luke completes the hero's journey through the help of his mentor and allies. The situational archetypes in the hero's journey add traditional characteristics to the story, which can be found in many other stories across the world.
A New Hope
many symbols stand out in the movie. Three symbols are the light sabers, the Death Star and, "the Force."
The light sabers are a traditional weapon of the Jedi. Characters that use the light saber in the movie are Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader. It takes a lot of training to master the use of a light saber, which is why not everyone has one. A light saber is used with help of the force. When Luke is using the light saber, he feels that he is following his father's footsteps in becoming a Jedi.
The Death Star, which is the space station of the Imperial Forces, symbolizes evil. This planet is where most of the Imperial Army works. The Imperial Army has so much force and power that they can destroy any other planet in the galaxy. For example, when they destroyed the planet Alderaan, they wanted to show the galaxy and the Rebel army what the Death Star and the Imperial Forces are capable of.
Finally, an important symbol in the movie is "the Force." "The Force" is what many peoples believe in, like their religion or God at this time. In the movie, there are many times when people say, "May the force be with you." The force is very powerful and, as described by the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, it is "an energy field created by all living things, that surrounds and penetrates living things and binds the galaxy together". It is basically like the religion of a Jedi as well, because it provides spiritual strength to an individual. These symbols make the story more interesting, and give these "objects" like the light saber more meaning and importance.
We chose to write about Luke, Princess Leia, Obi Wan Kenobi
Han Solo, and Dark Vader.
Princess Leia is the leader of the rebel alliance who is going against the Galactic Empire led by Darth Vader. In the beginning of the story, the rebel ship is attacked by the Imperial Forces, and Princess Leia is taken as a hostage. Darth Vader plans on executing her, so she is portrayed as an archetypal Damsel in Distress. A Damsel in Distress is an archetype found in many stories which usually portrays a woman who is in a tough situation. A Damsel in Distress needs a strong, male figure to save her during the story. To receive Princess Leia sends a message through a droid named R2-D2. In this message, she is pleading for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker save Princess Leia, who is seen as weak because she was captured. Later on in the story, Princess Leia’s true personality is revealed. She is a very strong, stubborn, and determined woman who will do anything to defend her rebel army. She shows signs of leadership and wisdom after she is rescued, and plays a very important role in the survival of the rebels. At the end, Princess Leia breaks away from the Damsel in Distress archetype and becomes her own character.
There is not much irony in this episode of Star Wars, but there are some examples. When Han Solo comes back to help Luke defeat the Imperial Forces during the end of the movie, it is an example of situational irony because we were surprised of Han's return. The audience thought that he was going to take his money and leave for good. Instead, Han came back to help Luke, and Luke destroyed the Death Star. We also expected Obi-Wan Kenobi to defeat Darth Vader, but instead, when Kenobi sees Luke, he lets go in his defense during his battle and Vader kills him. The audience knew Kenobi could have defeated Vader, but once he saw Luke the audience can infer that he died so he could guide Luke in his journey.Another example is when Darth Vader blows up the planet of Alderaan, but Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke are planning to go to that planet to save Princess Leia. Luke and Obi-Wan are not aware that this planet is destroyed, but the audience does, which makes this an example of dramatic irony. When they finally arrive at the right location of the planet, they see that the planet isn't there anymore and realize that it is destroyed by the Imperial Forces. The irony adds more suspense and drama to the story in a way. Also, in the case of the dramatic irony, it gives the readers more knowledge than some characters, which gives the audience more anxiety. The irony in the story is like an added twist to the story.
Luke Skywalker, is the son of "the fallen" Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker. In this episode of Star Wars, he is living with his aunt and uncle until the Imperial Forces destroy their home and all that he thinks was left of his family. He meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who tells him he knew his father and used to be his master. Kenobi wants to train Luke and take him to defeat the Imperial Army and Darth Vader. At first, Luke was not sure he wanted to go with Obi-Wan Kenobi to defeat the Imperial Army, until he realizes all the harm that they have done and that there is nothing left for him at home. Now Luke is training to defeat the Imperial forces with his master Obi-Wan. He is also learning how to trust and believe in "the force," in order to become a master Jedi. Luke has an archetypal object of a magical weapon, which is the light saber he has, that used to be his father's. Obi-Wan passes down the light saber to Luke for his training. The light saber is a weapon used by the Jedi. Luke has the archetype of the Hero, because of his heroic journey. He completes all of the steps of a Hero's Journey and earns a new experience with the Force. He is a hero because he starts of as an ordinary boy, but at the end, he destroys the Imperial forces' main space station, the Death Star, creating a happy ending for the rebels and peaceful universe for everyone.
Han Solo is a smuggler who doesn't show much compassion towards anyone in the beginning of the story. We learn that he has to pay a large debt to his boss, Jaaba, and wants everything to go the way he plans. When Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker approach him, he asks them to pay a lot for a star ship and reluctantly goes with them to save Princess Leia. At first, he doesn't really want to go out of his way to help people out, and wants to get back home as quickly as possible. Towards the end of the story, during a critical pilot mission designed to destroy the Death Star station, Han decides that he doesn't want to doesn't want to risk his life for the good of the universe, Luke and other pilots had to complete the mission without Han. When all the other pilots had died and Luke was the only one left, Han came back and helped Luke destroy the space station. He surprises everyone through this act of generosity and selflessness. This is why Han Solo is a Loyal Retainer for Luke in the end. A Loyal Retainer is a person who helps the hero out during his journey and is like a sidekick. Han proves that he is a true friend and is loyal to Luke and his mission. Han can also be portrayed as an anti-hero. An anti-hero is someone who doesn't posses the typical qualities of a hero, but he/she can be very important and likable throughout the story. Han Solo isn't very selfless and heroic in the beginning of the story, but towards the end, he becomes one of the heroes who saves the rebel forces.
Darth Vader is one of the most powerful leaders of the Galactic Empire. He is a master Jedi who clearly has had a history with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi Wan Kenobi was Darth Vader's teacher, and he learned all he knows about the Force because of Kenobi, but now, there is a conflict between the two.We understand in this story that Darth Vader has the archetype of the Villain. A Villain is someone who is against the hero and stands in the way of the hero and his/her goal. Darth Vader wants to kill Luke, the hero, because Luke is on the side of the rebels. In the end, Darth Vader kills Obi-Wan Kenobi, but Kenobi's spirit still remains in the Force. Darth Vader is characterized with the archetype of the Villain not only because of his dark and evil appearance, but also because of all the destruction he causes to the galaxy. Unlike Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader uses the power of the force for evil instead of good, which is another reason why he is described with the archetype of the villain in the story.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is a Jedi who was Luke's father's master in the past. During this episode of
, he guides Luke throughout his journey by teaching him about the Force and what itr means to be a Jedi. He provides Luke with his father's light saber for training after Luke visits him and shows him the message from Princes Leia, the rebel leader. The Princess is asking Obi-Wan Kenobi for help, because she knows that he has a lot of power through the force. She needs his save her and help her defeat the Galactic Empire. Obi-Wan is also a rival of Darth Vader. During this episode, Darth Vader kills Kenobi, despite Kenobi's warning that he will be more powerful if Darth Vader defeats him. Even though Obi-Wan Kenobi dies, his spirit remains in the Force. Through the strength of the Force, Kenobi becomes a voice in Luke's head and guides him throughout his adventures. This is why Obi-Wan Kenobi is an example of the Mentor archetype. A Mentor is someone who provides advice and necessary information to the hero, and helps the hero accomplish his/her journey. Kenobi does everything he can to help Luke throughout his heroic journey, both physically and spiritually.
By: Meghety Manoyan
& Prenny Yaghobi
movies are a widely known and popular series. The movies are rich with traditional archetypes and moral lessons. The very first episode of
A New Hope.
In this movie, the main theme is that good always overcomes evil.
In this episode , it is evident that the rebel army, led by Princess Leia is the good force, and the Galactic Empire, led by Darth Vader and other officials, is the bad force. This is obvious because the audience can tell that the Galactic Empire is very strict and corrupt,and the rebel forces are trying to bring peace to the whole universe by putting an end to their oppressive rule. Princess Leia and the rebel army are the brave heroes who are sacrificing their time and putting their lives in danger for the good of everyone. The Galactic Empire keeps its power for only a few high-ranking officials. In the beginning of the movie, Darth Vader captures Princess Leia and takes over the rebel ship. The rebels are weak and the evil empire is doing everything it can to stop the rebels from continuing their actions. Even though the rebels were weaker at a point in the movie, they were able to reach their goal and overcome the power of evil. The selfless and brave rebels show the audience how good people can make a change in the world.
The conflict between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader is also another example of a good vs. evil situation. Obi-Wan Kenobi is a master Jedi who has the power of the force and is very wise. He becomes a mentor for Luke and is fighting on the side of the rebel army. He wants to use his force to put a stop to the evil rule and uses it for good. On the other hand, Darth Vader uses his force for evil control and is fighting for the Galactic Empire. When Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader fought against each other, Darth Vader killed Kenobi. This might make it seem like evil overcame evil, but Obi-Wan Kenobi actually told Darth Vader during this fight that “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possible than you can possibly imagine” (imdb.com). Obi-Wan Kenobi wasn’t defeated by the evil Darth Vader because his spirit was able to live on through the force. He overcame the power of evil, and he helped Luke defeat the Galactic Empire.
The battle between Luke and the Galactic Empire is an example of good defeating evil. Luke, who is the hero of this episode, goes out of his way for the good of the rebel army. The Galactic Empire threw many obstacles at Luke during his mission to terminate the Death Star. Luke teamed up with rebel forces to target a weak spot in the space station that would cause the whole station to blow up if it was shot at. The evil army of the Galactic Empire, including Darth Vader, did everything they could do to defeat Luke and the rebels. They killed many pilots and caused many space crafts to be destroyed. Despite their efforts, through the help of Han Solo, Luke was able to blow up the Death Star and put an end to the terrible rule of the Galactic Empire. Luke fought for a good cause, and was able to destroy the maleficent empire.
The main theme of
Star Wars: A New Hope,
which is that good can always defeat evil, is portrayed many times throught the story. It is shown in the battles between the rebels and the Galactic Empire, because in the end, the good rebel army is able to defeat the powerful, but evil, empire.