Star War’s Reflection of History

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George Lucas was considered a genius of his time, taking Science Fiction movies into a whole new direction with the usage of computer effects and taking his whole movie up into space. However, his true genius exists in adapting current world issues and milestones in a subliminal manner incorporated in his film. His hit movie, Star Wars may have been engendered as an inspiration of the space race and also to fill the emptiness that followed a ephemeral triumph, but it is clear that the underlying message of the movie pertains to the Cold War and all the feuds and struggle between the United States (represented by Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance) and the Soviet Union (represented by Darth Vader and the Imperial Army). The symbolisms of the struggles between two most powerful countries are portrayed not only though props and costume but also through the sounds in the film as well as camera angles used to make the film. Though the United States at the time of the Cold War were not a group of unorganized forces, like the Rebel Alliance, George Lucas uses the rag-tag band of misfits, the Rebel Alliance, to create a twist in the current power dynamics of the cold war, because in fact the United States was equal to, if not greater in strength to the Soviet Union. This cause for an underdog story with an unexpected turnabout followed shortly by celebration and the feeling of success when the Rebel Alliance reigns victorious. The origins of the cold war is certainly unique in the sense that, the Soviet Union and the United States were once allies during World War II fighting side by side, as equals, against the evil forces of the Nazi Germany. This former alliance between the United States and the Soviet Union during World War II is portrayed through the alliance Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker) and Obi-Wan Kenobi once had, as well as though the betrayal of Darth
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