Star Wars : The Force

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been a huge success since it hit theaters December 18, 2015. According to Times Magazine, “the seventh installment in the space saga became the highest grossing film in North America”. Star Wars: The Force Awakens may have some mixed reviews, but no one can deny the numbers. The seventh film made the most out of all of the films, but it may just be due to the already massive fan base. When Disney gained the rights to Star Wars, fans of the universe had mixed feelings. Some Star Wars enthusiasts were even worried that Disney would ruin what George Lucas created. To say the least, the majority of fans were not disappointed with the newest installment in this massively popular science fiction franchise.…show more content…
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of her mother” (42). Leia’s mother Padme went from a queen in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace to an emotional, neglected, and pregnant house wife in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. As a young girl, I did not realize how little Padme did throughout episodes I-III. I actually idolized her as strong female symbol, but later realized she was a weak stereotype of women. She relied and revolved around men. Padme is “a character whose only purpose is to give our protagonist, Anakin Skywalker, a love story” (43). Women and young girls now have an all around strong independent symbol to look up to. There are many characters introduced in The Force Awakens, but none stand out like Rey. Rey is the first important female protagonist in this franchise. She is a complex character with a very mysterious background. Rey’s parents abandoned her when she was young, and there is plenty of speculation about who her father may be. Throughout The Force Awakens, Rey is displayed as a scavenger and a survivor. She goes outside of the norms of the universe and even rescues a male character (Finn), she is no “damsel in distress”. Rey’s purpose does not specifically rely around men, she can stand and survive on her own. Rey is a woman I would want my daughters to look up to and aspire to be like. There has been a few female Jedi’s throughout this franchise, but none have been crucial or important to the story like
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