Luke Skywalkers Archetypal Transformation

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Lexi Andreoni Mrs. Dotts English 9H Period 3 12/12/14 “A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away” George Lucas wrote, directed, and produced the trilogy Star Wars to create a modern American myth. A myth is a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events. Lucas’s use of archetypal colors, costumes, settings, and symbols are an essential part of what makes the films so unique. An archetype is an image, descriptive detail, a plot pattern, or a character type that occurs prominently throughout religion, myth, literature, and folklore. Archetypes trigger unconscious memories because of their general meanings and provoke emotions. Lucas’s use of archetypes was inspired by Joseph Campbell’s book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which traces the archetypal hero’s journey. Lucas was determined to create a film about multiple heroes’ journeys through the use of archetypes. For example, Lucas uses the archetypal color of black to represent evil in the Dark Side. He also uses the archetypal symbol of the kiss to represent Leia being awakened by Han when he kisses her. Another archetype is the archetypal quest. The archetypal quest is when the hero undertakes a long journey during which he must perform impossible tasks, battle with monsters, solve unanswerable riddles, and overcome insurmountable obstacles in order to save the kingdom. Lucas also uses the archetypal hells to show Luke Skywalkers transformation to becoming a Jedi. An archetypal hell is where the hero is forced to discover the blackest truths, quite often concerning his faults. In Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Luke’s transformation is shown in the Carbon freezing chamber. His transformation is then displayed in Jabba the Hutt’s palace. Luke transformation is finally
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