The Journey of Luke Skywalker: An Analysis of Modern Myth and Symbol

The Journey of Luke Skywalker: An Analysis of Modern Myth and Symbol

The Journey of Luke Skywalker: An Analysis of Modern Myth and Symbol

The Journey of Luke Skywalker: An Analysis of Modern Myth and Symbol

Synopsis

Jungian analyst Calipeu believes that "Star Wars" speaks to our deepest psychological and spiritual dilemmas. From Princess Leia's domination by Darth Vader to the introduction of The Force, from the Ewoks to the Stormtroopers, the author shows how and why the movies' themes and conflicts mirror our own. 12 illustrations.

Excerpt

Movies have added a new storytelling medium to modern culture, offering us an abundant variety of tales with visual and auditory qualities far exceeding those in the written word or the old oral narratives of the traditional raconteur. Often a movie script based on an earlier written work is adapted to the big screen, but in the case of movies like the Star Wars series, the story is created especially for this artistic medium. In either case the imagination of the moviemaker communicates with the viewer in what is, historically, a relatively new art form.

Since ancient times the stories of cultures—their mythologies—have carried much of the meaning and significance of the struggles of the people of those times and places. The study of myth and symbol has become a part of many modern disciplines, from archeology and anthropology to religious studies. Joseph Campbell, the prolific author of many books on mythology, had originally been a professor of literature. He became drawn to understand the earliest products of the human imagination as found in our mythic heritage.

Myths have also proven of interest to the pioneers of psychology. One myth in particular, the Oedipus myth, appealed to Freud. C.G. Jung, who discovered deeper layers of the unconscious than initially postulated by Freud, believed that all myths could help us comprehend these extensive levels of the unconscious that all humans share—what he referred to as the archetypal layer of the psyche. Since mythological themes often appear in our dreams and other spontaneous creations of the imagination, understanding the myths helps us to understand ourselves better.

My hope in this book is that my personal Jungian approach may give additional meaning to the story of the first three Star Wars movies, which contain an abundance of symbolism linked together . . .

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