Critical Analysis Of Star Wars

1293 Words Dec 4th, 2015 6 Pages
James Nathan Walters
Professor Kevin Copeland
English 2106
3 December 2015
Critical Analysis of Star Wars Released in 1977, the original Star Wars movie quickly became the highest grossing film of all time and it changed the way people thought of filmography. With its unique special effects and storyline, it created a new era of Hollywood movies. It became a huge blockbuster and eventually spawned a new universe that now spans several decades. The films, now numbering six with three more being made, have a fan base of millions of people. In order for a film (series) to have that large of a fan base, the fans must be able to relate to the film. The Star Wars films are collectively a modern mythological narrative, meaning that it represents many aspects of society as well as the current social order. In “Star Wars: Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away,” Dan Rubey suggests that mythology can have a much more specific, cultural meaning than the meaning that is usually assigned to it. If the purpose of mythology is for one to understand his or her relationship to the universe, then the term can also descrive the wide variety of processes that make one’s relationship to his or her actual social situation meaningful (Rubey 89). To speak of Star Wars as a modern mythological narrative, then, is to speak of how privilege, identity, and ideology are portrayed within it. Race plays a larger part in the Star Wars movies than many people realize. The concept of race, as in many other…
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