The epic space opera that deals with our species' timeless preoccupation with good versus evil, family affairs and the power of redemption. Never doubt the ability of a small group of rebels to rise up and defeat the darkness, indeed it's the only thing that ever has.
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Last updated: June 13, 2023
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Luke Skywalker: A bored farm boy on a desert planet. Misses his friends who have gone off to learn to be fighter pilots. Longs for adventure.
A moisture farm on a desert planet, Tatooine. We also learn that Tatooine, like most of the galaxy, is living under the oppressive regime of the Empire.
The medal giving ceremony, celebrating the Empire’s first real defeat and a new hope!
Darth Vader: He encapsulates the brutal, forceful, evil domination of the Empire and the biggest danger to Luke’s journey.
Call to Adventure
Learning his father was a great hero and a Jedi. Receiving his father’s lightsaber and the message for help from Princess Leia. Death of his guardians and destruction of his home.
Crossing the Threshold
Luke sells his land speeder and enters the dangerous town of Mos Eisley to buy a ship to take him off the planet to go and rescue the Princess.
Three difficult but confidence-building hurdles to be overcome
- Get onto the Death Star to rescue Princess Leia.
- Get off the Death Star with Princess Leia.
- Go back and destroy the Death Star.
Allies and Gifts
Han Solo and Chewbacca, smugglers with the fastest ship in the galaxy.
Mentors and Gifts
Obi Wan Kenobi: He trained Anakin Skywalker, served as a general in the Republic Army fighting the Empire. He’s a legendary Jedi Master who teaches Luke how to use the force.
Bored Farm Boy in Space
Jedi Killer from The Dark Side
Princess Calls For Help
Safe Passage on a Ship
Jedi Master from the light side
Get on the death star
Get off the Death Star
Blow up the death star
Rebels with medals and a new hope
Call to adventure.
Crossing the threshold.
Mentor, allies and gifts.
Two quick insights that are worth reflecting on:
1. None of us have been to space, but that doesn’t matter as we’re quickly drawn into the story because it uses the universal experience of being a bored teenager, which we can all relate to.
2. There’s a lot of metaphorical imagery to guide how we should feel e.g. earthy coloured costumes for the goodies and grey uniforms evocative 20th Century fascist armies for the baddies. What are you doing to help guide how we feel?