The Four Function Of Hero Quest Myth In Star Wars

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In a galaxy far far away...Star Wars, a new myth for our time. It’s a classic hero quest myth but told in a whole new way. Life and death, the Empire and the rebellion. Star Wars is filled with lessons and mythological figures. It also fills the four functions that myths, both old and new, have. Hero quest myths have been around for a long time. Star Wars came along when people were in need for a new hero quest myth. It is a clash between good and evil in new world circumstances. Luke Skywalker is the classic hero. Not only is he young and handsome, but he has a mysterious background. He lives with his aunt and uncle and knows nothing about his parents. Luke has one quest to complete throughout these movies, destroy the empire and help the rebellion. With the help of many friends, Luke becomes a Jedi and completes his quest. There are many lessons a person can learn from Star Wars. One of these includes following your bliss. Joseph Campbell says,” The world is full of people who have stopped listening to themselves or have listened only to others to learn what they ought to do, how they ought to behave, and what the values are that they should be living…show more content…
Some of these include Obi Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, light sabers, the “force”, and even some of the settings. Obi Wan Kenobi is the Japanese Sword master, the mentor, thee old man advisor. Light sabers are the physical instrument/ weapon. They also somewhat resemble Odysseus’ bow. The psychological commitment/center is the force. There is also the reluctant hero, Han Solo. He is compassionate and ready for the adventure even though he didn’t know it. His readiness manifests his good character. There is also the descent into darkness that shows up in all myths. In Star Wars this could be when Han, Luke, Leia, and Chewbacca jump into the garbage compactor. This descent is always dangerous and the characters almost always die. In this case they get saved by C3PO and

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