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Morrell- Archetypal Film Analysis- Star Wars

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Nikki Morrell

on 13 January 2013

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George Lucas Archetypal Film Analysis Character Archetypes Luke Skywalker, the hero of STAR WARS, follows Campbell's monomythic journey perfectly.
In fact, the writer/director sought the advice of Campbell while writing his story so that Luke would represent, not only the archetype of the hero, but that he would follow the 12 steps of the archetypal journey. Ordinary World Star Wars and the Collective Unconscious Luke Skywalker Luke- The Hero Luke lives on Tattooine, the adopted son of his uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. His life is simple, even boring. The film resonates with the audience because of its use of recognizable mythic archetypes and Luke's hero's journey. It is perhaps these two concepts that keep movie-lovers going back to watch each installment of the franchise. We, as viewers, feel a kinship to the characters, and we connect with the story on a deeper level. Star Wars
has a sense of who he is
strong spiritual belief
truthful, even when harsh
doubts himself
will hurt one to save many
challenges people Osiris Archetype Han Solo Ares Archetype physical instead of mental strengths
loves to have fun and travel
will fight for those he loves
is playful
love a challenge and searches for one
acts as if always fighting for survival
lives on the edge
has trouble considering the consequences of his actions
can be merciless in his actions Princess Leia Artemis Archetype *has more male friends than female
*values women and children
*is a feminist, even if she doesn’t admit it
*is unafraid to be out at night
*is willing to fight to the death for a cause
* can be blind with fury and rage
*isn’t always level headed
* is sometimes aggressive, erratic, not levelheaded Obi Wan The Magi •is the voice of reason •the all-knowing wise man/woman•has the power to help the hero avoid problems, but sees greater wisdom in letting the hero figures things out for himself/herself•he is the master teacher to the hero, who is the student•may like to be left alone (hermit) C3P0 and R2D2 The Best Friends •is the hero’s confidant•the character who is always there, ready, and willing, but not always able to help•always means well, even when he messes up•will try everything within his power to keep his friendship with the hero•lives for his friendship with the hero, whether or not he appreciates it•will feel threatened and will change his life to not risk drifting apart from the hero•may not like change Leia's Role in the Film While Leia might be an artemis archetype, she actually fulfills the role of the "lover." The Lover archetype does not have to literally be the protagonist love-interest. •is the love interest in the story•is “home base” and “security”•is the one the hero vents his feelings to (especially doubts and fears)•by being the exact opposite of the hero, bringing balance•can fill the void left by a parent if the hero did not feel loved as a child•can be domineering or controlling or sensitive and easygoing•Leia creates conflict by by getting caught by the bad guys and making the hero forget/drop his goal to save her Darth Vader Zeus Archetype *needs to have a family, group or company to rule
*is skilled at forming alliances
*is great strategist
*can be loyal and giving
*is decisive and confident
*always need to be in control of others
*feels entitled to a separate life outside of his family
*enjoys instilling fear in others
*has trouble asking for help

  Hero's Journey Is Luke a hero? Call to Adventure R2D2's holograph of Princess Leia-- "Help us Obi Wan, you're our only hope." Refusal of the Call Uncle Owen remind Luke of his familial obligations; Luke doubts if he is worthy of the journey. Answering the Call Luke returns to find family farm burned
by imperial stormtroopers;
now has no reason to stay Supernatural Aid/ Talisman Obi Wan acts as Luke's mentor
Supernatural aid: the Force
Talisman- Lightsaber Crossing the First Threshhold Luke leaves his home and ventures into a seedy bar in Mos Eisley Threshhold Guardians Stormtroopers attempt to prevent Luke, Obi Wan, and the droids from leaving Mos Eisley Friends and Allies
or Companions Luke has Obi Wan, his droids, Han, and Chewbacca to accompany him on his journey Road of Trials Battles with a variety of stormtroopers, other ships, and eventually The Death Star Belly of the Whale Luke and the others are taken into the Death Star by tractor beam (inside the Falcon)
Once inside, they are taken into another Belly of the Whale-- the trash compactor Meeting the Goddess Luke meets Princess Leia, in whose hands rests the fate of the galaxy Abduction Leia has been abducted by Vader to prevent the Death Star plans from reaching the Rebel Alliance Dragon Battle Luke and the others battle with the dragon creature in the trash compactor Ritual Death Obi Wan is killed (or allows himself to be destroyed) by Darth Vader Supreme Ordeal The ultimate battle is the rebels fight with the Death Star Rescue from Without Han returns to help save Luke so that he can destroy the Death Star Reward Luke and the others escape the Death Star with the blueprints, which lead to the destruction of Darth Vader's space station. Resurrection Luke sacrifices an old part of himself (his reliance on machines) to embrace the Force and trust it to guide him Return with the Elixir Luke and his allies are decorated as heroes in front of a large crowd Luke's elixir is his new self-knowledge and control of the Force Luke grows throughout the film-- it is almost a bildungsroma; he finds himself and his strength, which lies in The Force.
Luke is truthful to a fault, pointing out Han's character flaws and encouraging Han to better himself and lose his selfish behavior.
Luke questions himself constantly, unsure of whether he has what it takes to be a hero or to help Obi Wan on the quest to save Leia and the Death Star Plans.
Luke understands sacrifice. Han lives on the edge, always risking his life for the adventure.
When Han leaves Luke and the others to pursue his own selfish endeavors, he shows that he doesn't quite understand the consequences of his actions or the role that he might play in the rebellion. The Film as Myth A Sample Prezi for our Archetypal Film Analysis
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