Analysis Of Star Wars : A New Hope

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In 1949 Joseph Campbell published his book on myth and heroic archetypes known as “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”. Most importantly, the book outlined the 17 stages of a mythological hero's journey. Star Wars: A New Hope is no exception to the many stories that contain a lot of the main principles presented in the 17 stages of a mythological hero's journey. While writing Star Wars, George Lucas became fascinated with Joseph Campbell’s book. Even though this wasn't necessarily the basis of his story, he was certainly influenced by his obsession with the monomyth. The hero’s story typically begins in a relatively normal situation before receiving a call to head off into the unknown, this is known as the call to adventure. In A New Hope we find Luke living the life of a “typical” moisture farmer. Although he dreams of doing bigger things, he is constantly needed by his Uncle Owen to help with the harvest. This normalcy comes to a halt when R2-D2 arrives on the homestead with a message from Princess Leia reading "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope,". Luke may not realize it, but his life has changed. When Luke meets Kenobi, he is asked to join him on a quest to Alderaan to aid the rebellion. But Luke, worried about his responsibility to his uncle and his moisture farm, tells Kenobi that he has no business going out on some galactic mission with a random old man he just met. This is known as the refusal of the call. In most myths, the hero refuses to leave the
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