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The Origins of Star Wars

Discussion in 'Original Trilogy' started by Lock_S_Foils, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Lock_S_Foils

    Lock_S_Foils Red Leader

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    We've got a lot of awesome, knowledgeable SW fans here (and then there's me....)

    Anyway, I am going to re-read the great book "The Making of Star Wars", and thought to start a thread about this book and the early years of SW and Lucas.

    So here is the book, if you don't have it highly recommend you add it to your collection. Only nitpick I have about this book is the font size is very very small, us old folk like myself have to get up real close to read it....[when 900 years old you reach, you will need reading glasses too...]

    More to come as I finish a chapter, I will check back in here with commentary, etc.

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  2. Kato Sai

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    I was watching an interview with GL. He spoke that when inventing The Force and his story, he looked for the common theme in all religions: life force and father and son relationship. Very interesting thoughts he had to share about the origins of his Galaxy Far.
     
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    These two documentaries are pretty good:



     
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    Also, there is the central theme of duality in the form of Nietzsche's Appolonyan- Dionysean dichotomy- Apollo, the god of knowledge and art represents human civilisation and the desire to overcome nature and Dionysus represents the unknown elements of nature. The Empire representing Apollo in its quest to assert what it sees as a logical and rational order of the galaxy and the Rebellion being more Dionysean, having its basis in emotion and being wild and unpredictable.

    Though when you consider the origins of the Jedi and the Sith, the roles of Dionysus and Apollo are reversed.

    There is also the idea of God in the form of the force, a karmic entity capable of manipulating causality to its own ends. Since time immemorial, it was thought that the outcome of many battles was predestined by God and who was in his favour. A notable example of this being Henry V's victory at Agincourt which he attributed to the intervention of God and this seeming act of providence served to cement his claim as a result.

    Also, Star Wars is also inspired by the Manichaean theory of evil (Mandaeanism being an ancient religion that still survives in modern day Iran), that life is divided solely between good and evil and good must triumph over evil by eradicating it; in addition to the Daoist concepts of Yin (negative, female, dark, concealed) and Yang (light, male, positive, opened) and the notion of the whole being larger than both constituents.

    At the end of Order 66, there were 2 surviving Jedi and 2 Sith.
     
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