The Oddyse vs. Starwars

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Luke Skywalker vs. King Odysseus The interesting tale Return of the Jedi; which takes place in a far off galaxy in space, where people today can only dream about parallels the place of Homer’s The Odyssey. It too is an exciting tale of a man on a mission in a place far away. In Homer’s time, the listeners of The Odyssey were just as amazed by the story of Odysseus as the people of today are with the stories of Star Wars. The two great epics of The Odyssey and Return of the Jedi were written in very different times, for very different audiences. Although the stories have their differences they have many similarities. Luke Skywalker and Odyssers are both men with a task to complete. With this, they both have people to assist them along the way and have a few supernatural aids to help them as well. A difference they have is Luke has a few mentors to teach him right from wrong. Odysseus had to figure things out by trial and error. R2-D2, C-3PO, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca and the village of Ewoks are great helpers to Luke in the tale of Return of the Jedi. On the other hand, Odysseus had helpers too. They include: Odysseus’s army of men who died before returning home to Ithaca, the cowherd, swineherd, his son Telemachus, and the great goddess Athena. These people helped Luke and Odysseus in many ways. For example R2-D2 is very handy to have a round. He has many gadgets and gizmos to help Luke along the way to the Death Star. The villages of Ewoks help Luke and his friends to defeat the men trying to stop Luke and his men from destroying the force field of the Death Star. Similarly, Odysseus’s son Telemachus, once he finds his father, is always loyal to Odysseus and obeys his father. Another similarity Odysseus and Luke Skywalker have in common is they both have a supernatural aid. The goddess Athena is the goddess of wisdom and war. Throughout

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