June 4, 2016

THERE'S ONLY ONE STORY:

'Star Wars' Is Really About Feminism. And Jefferson. And Jesus. (Cass R. Sunstein, 5/31/16, Bloomberg View)

Anakin Skywalker is the product of a virgin birth. He has no human father. He turns out to be a Christ-like figure, dying for humanity's sins, which he incarnates and symbolizes. Star Wars is an imaginative reconstruction of Jesus's life, in which the Jesus figure is the sinner -- unable to resist Satan until the very end, when he sacrifices everything for his child, and symbolically for all children.

In Star Wars, it is the promise of immortality (for his loved ones) that turns out to be Satan's apple. That's how Emperor Palpatine, the saga's serpent, seduces Anakin, convincing him to give up his very soul. So there's a Faustian bargain here as well. But in sacrificing his own life, Anakin defeats the great tempter -- and gets his soul back in the process. Loving his son and killing Satan, he restores peace on earth. It's no accident that the word peace appears in the crawl in both "A New Hope" and "The Force Awakens." And Christ is of course the Redeemer.

It's too bad Lucas was such an inept storyteller.  Particularly appalling was when he wandered into that mitochlorion (or whatever) storyline, which essentially posited a master race.

Posted by at June 4, 2016 9:01 AM

  

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