Mythology in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Sometimes it seems as if all my favorite stories have one thing in common: Myth. Not that all I ever read is mythology...but rather, that the best stories draw on the motifs of mythology and re-present the old myths in a new way. Narnia with its centaurs and dryads...Middle-earth with its elves and dwarves...Steve Lawhead's stories rich in Celtic myth...Star Wars...

Star Wars? What's mythological about that, you ask? (Actually, probably you're not really that surprised - you wouldn't be here unless you recognize, as I do, the mythic motifs in Star Wars. Or else, of course, you're just really curious. :-)

Yes, Star Wars is a great story, fun, exciting...but it's also crammed full of all sorts of mythological motifs. The first time I saw the trilogy, that was what leaped out at me: the hero dressed in white, the damsel in distress, the complicated familial's one huge, bright, quick-tempoed myth. A hero story. A good-conquers-evil story. The stuff of our childhoods...the stuff that defines the world, and ourselves, for us when more rational approaches fail.

The stuff of myth - that's what caught my attention when I first saw Star Wars. That's what has continued to hold my attention about it. So, indirectly, I guess you have folks like Apollo and Freya and King Arthur to thank for the fact that you're reading this web page now. :-)

Join me now on an exploration of the mythic themes of Star Wars...and other, more classical stories in which they are found.

Continue or use the T.O.C. below:

The Hero Journey The Farm Boy-Turned-Hero The Wise Guide
Heroes of Battle Redemption Father and Son
Famous Siblings, particularly Twins The Hero's Companion (aka Sidekick) Damsel in Distress?
Heirs in Hiding Labyrinth Knights Guarding Peace and Justice
And the Hero Wore White... Hands Jedi Disappearing Act

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