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

Overview

So many years after Star Wars: A New Hope burst upon the world in 1977, why is The Force still with us? Why do the Star Wars movies continue to haunt the imaginations of young and old alike? In the Journey of Luke Skywalker,Steven Galipeau applied depth psychology to the Star Wars epic, uncovering a wealth of symbolic meaning embedded in this seemingly simple tale of adventure. Luke Skywalker's journey, from his early life on a desert farm to his act of redemption that helps transform an entire galactic ...
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Overview

So many years after Star Wars: A New Hope burst upon the world in 1977, why is The Force still with us? Why do the Star Wars movies continue to haunt the imaginations of young and old alike? In the Journey of Luke Skywalker,Steven Galipeau applied depth psychology to the Star Wars epic, uncovering a wealth of symbolic meaning embedded in this seemingly simple tale of adventure. Luke Skywalker's journey, from his early life on a desert farm to his act of redemption that helps transform an entire galactic civilization, captures many of the struggles of the modern psyche, and exercises a powerful sway akin to that of religious myth.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Since the release of the first installation in 1977, the "Star Wars" saga has become an all-consuming passion bordering on a religion for millions worldwide. And it's not just the fun plotting, likable characters, cool props, and dazzling visual effects that keep fans begging for more. Behind the space dogfights and light-saber duels is a mythology that touches a chord in the human psyche. Galipeau, the executive director of the Coldwater Counseling Center in Studio City, CA, here offers a Jungian analysis of the four "Star Wars" flicks in terms of both characters and story. The book is essentially a blow-by-blow description of each film with liberal doses of dialog, followed by Galipeau's interpretation of what the characters' words and actions might mean on a deeper level. Discussing each episode on a separate basis allows readers to comprehend the psychological growth of each character, especially Luke, who is transformed from an inexperienced adolescent to a spiritually and mentally mature adult by the series' finale. As the prime audience for this book is geek fanboys who can recite these scripts in their sleep, the author spends too much time detailing each scene and ignores that film is a visual art, so many of the elements he attaches great significance to appear in the story simply because they look boffo on screen. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and a Saturday afternoon movie is just a Saturday afternoon movie. Nonetheless, this title will be the basis of many Internet discussions not to mention term papers by fans who will enjoy it. Recommended. Michael Rogers, "Library Journal" Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Galipeau, a Jungian analyst in private practice in California, applies depth psychology to George Lucas's Star Wars movies, arguing that they contain a wealth of symbolic meanings that speak to the deepest struggles of the modern psyche. Star Wars enthusiasts will not be offended by the study, which recaps all three episodes step by step, elevating the story and its good vs. evil conflict to the level of myth. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812694321
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,216,570
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction: "Why Is the Force Still with Us?" 1
Part I Episode IV: A New Hope 9
1 Setting the Stage: The Story Unfolds 11
2 Tatooine: A Desolate Place 19
3 Tatooine: Mos Eisley 35
4 Alderaan and the Death Star 45
5 Yavin 4 75
Part II Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 85
6 Hoth 87
7 The Asteroid Field and Dagobah 101
8 Dagobah and Bespin 137
Part III Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 171
9 Return to Tatooine 173
10 Dagobah/Rebel Fleet 195
11 Endor 209
12 Final Thoughts: Why the Force Is Still with Us 255
Epilogue: The Phantom Menace 261
Notes 269
Glossary 281
References and Further Resources 285
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