External influences may guide an individual towards their destiny, but only the person themselves can attain their full potential once they believe in their own ability to succeed. As American positivist author Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy” (Brainy Quote). This can be seen in George Lucas’ Star Wars IV: A New Hope, the protagonist, Luke Skywalker, is an isolated young farmer on the planet Tatooine who is propelled in an unexpected mission to save the Rebel Alliance Leader, Princess Leia, as they struggle to defeat the Galactic Empire. To that effect, when analyzing George Lucas’ film from a Jungian psychoanalytic perspective, Luke is the main character
The first Star wars movie “STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE” was a game changer in the world of movies. According to the National Information Services, LLC “STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE” made $1,554,475 just in the opening weekend on May, 25,1977 and made a whopping $786,598,007 according to the worldwide box office ticket registry. "Box Office History for Star Wars Movies." Star Wars Franchise Box Office History. Nash Information Services, LLC., n.d. Web. 09 Sept. 2016. This film is idolized by millions Americans and foreigners and we can all thank one man for it. George Lucas. A lot of opinions have been formed about all six of the Star Wars movie some good some bad. Throughout this essay I give you data on Star Wars, background information on George Lucas the creator, George’s mindset on the changes of the originals and prequels, my judgement on fan reactions and George’s decisions, and of course the opinions of the beloved fans who made Star wars famous.
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi is final chapter in an epic story of good versus evil. The script was written by George Lucas and was released in theatres on May 25, 1983 (IMDb.com). It was the third film released in the Star Wars saga, following Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (IMDb.com). At the time, Episode VI concluded the story of Luke Skywalker and his Rebel friends fighting against Darth Vader and the evil Empire.
“Do or do not,” says Yoda, in the acclaimed science fiction movie Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, “there is no try” (Empire). This quote is perhaps the most famous of the character’s, and perhaps one of the most famous in the whole franchise. It highlights an idea that the scene perpetuates: the fact you intend to do something doesn’t matter, only whether or not it is done. This is not a perfect metaphor for the application of knowledge, but it fits in rather easily. Without an effect, an application, all you have is abstract knowledge – that trying that Yoda denies – and in that way value has been diminished. Two areas of knowledge which especially highlight the values and limitations of that claim are the natural sciences and religion.
“ The force will be with you, always.” This is advice given to Luke Skywalker by his mentor Obi Wan Kenobi. In the archetypal hero’s journey a wise and experienced mentor such as Obi Wan will often help guide or offer advice to the youthful and budding hero. Throughout time and across different cultures there are certain symbols, events and characters which can be found in literature and Star Wars IV: A New Hope follows this trend step by step. During the film Star Wars IV: A New Hope, the main protagonist Luke undergoes a stereotypical, or in literary terms an archetypal hero’s journey. Luke starts from humble beginnings and when he is called upon to save the galaxy; he then faces various tests which help him hone skills that he will need for the final life or death battle.
A directors cut, is a specified edit of a version of a film (or video game, music video, etc.) that is suppose to represent a vision closer to that of the director. In 2004, director George Lucas had an interview with Associated Press, and states that the Star Wars series only represented “25 or 30 per cent” of what he wanted it to be. In the following paragraphs, I will show you how editing scenes differently can and will change the outlook of characters and the story of Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
The creator and director of Star Wars, George Lucas, was incredibly successful for his movie series, but even more successful for its overall purpose: to sell toys to ten-year old boys. The use of ethos, pathos, and logos are very abundant in this movie. Ethos, Greek for “character”, is anything referring to or relying on the author’s credibility. Pathos, Greek for “emotional”, is anything that makes you feel emotion. Logos, Greek for “word”, is anything that makes you think. By using these he was able to persuade the audience into thinking, feeling, and loving Star Wars, making the audience want to purchase figurines.
The ideas presented in the Star Wars Documentary relate to my journey when it comes to the hero's journey, the good and evil choice, and the uncontrollable event that sets life in motion. For starters, the hero’s journey, which is based off mythology and history, represents the transition between one identity to another. For my life this is represented from when I was a little kid to now. Going from a child, who has fun and nothing else to worry about, to a teen in high school who has to worry about grades, relationships, and careers. Secondly, the good and evil choice is seen in my life, just not as literally as in Star Wars. My good and evil choice was made in middle school. I could have chosen to slack off, never do work, but I chose to
Star Wars. Just the name itself holds an astonishing weight in the world of film, literature, and even video games and music. With so many works of varying fame and acclaim, almost no other piece of the Star Wars universe is more easily recognised than the 1980 film (the second in the original trilogy), “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back!” George Lucas, the mastermind behind the film itself, knew from the beginning that this film needed to drive his vision to the satisfying end that it deserved. This included using massive, beautiful set pieces such as Hoth, Cloud City, and Dagobah among others. With these basic introductory statements finished, a thesis is to be stated: How much was the story of Luke Skywalker, as well as the entire Star Wars universe, inspired by the Hero’s Journey formula?
“Religious belief evolved by group-selection, tribe competing against tribe, and the illogic of religions is not a weakness, but their essential strength” these words spoken by Edward Osborne Wilson an American Biologist speaks volume not just in our daily lives, but it can be seen in science fiction films like Star Wars Episode 1V: A New Hope released in 1977 written and directed by George Lucas. Religion means to have faith in something. It explains the thinks we are unable to see. To find true religion one muat have The Force and believe.
“Religious belief evolved by group-selection, tribe competing against tribe, and the illogic of religions is not a weakness, but their essential strength” these words spoken by Edward Osborne Wilson an American Biologist speaks volume not just in our daily lives, but as seen in George Lucas science fiction film Star Wars Episode 1V: A New Hope. Religion means to have faith in something. It explains the thinks we are unable to see. To find true religion we must have “ Force” and believe.
Philip Zimbardo, a psychologist of Stanford University famed for the notorious Zimbardo Prison Experiment once said that “Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of the situation and act out of noble motives, or behave in ways that do not demean others when they easily can.” In hindsight, it’s a greatly fitting reflection on the Zimbardo Prison Experiment when so many otherwise innocent people started abusing their power simply because they could. However, the quote, in other words, means that only those who can act in the highest moral standards regardless of what is instinctual as well as forced by the environment are the “heroes,” or people embodying the purest virtues of humanity. Throughout some works of literature such as The Road, The Kite Runner, and the original trilogy of Star Wars, authors not only display humanity’s struggle between the noblest of ideals and the basest of emotions, but also depict the eventual triumph of humanity over the basest of emotions.
Star Wars: A New Hope, brought forth a diversification in the industry of not just a science fiction film, but a contemporary aspect of film in the late 1900’s. On the 25th of May 1977 George Lucas released a two hour journey through a dreamlike universe in which this exceptional exploration takes place. Star Wars fabricated the start of the science fiction film era. Science fiction provides an incogitable world that alters the thoughts of general world, and offers a chance for the reader or viewer to relate the altered world to their world. Star Wars offered this to dreamers of that time and bestowed a escape from reality on its viewers. This is illustrated when ¨Luke¨ played by Mark Hamill takes his first steps into a truly legendary expedition across the galactic universe. Luke is not alone on his dangersome journey along the way he finds his Mentor ¨Obi-Wan Kenobi¨ played by the ingenious actor Alec Guinness. Luke´s journey across the galaxy is distinctly related to The Hero Cycle, composed by Joseph Campbell. The Hero Cycle explains the events in which a character grows into a hero and fights their way through a fatal battle all to obtain elixir or experience. In this essay I will illustrate how Star Wars: A New Hope relates to The Hero Cycle.