Den of Geek On The Hero’s Journey

Mr. Hand sent along a link to an article on Eps I-VI and how they subvert the “chosen one” trope; it discusses Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey as well.

This is a rare well-written piece on a “geek” site. Check it out!

But as Obi-Wan duels with him, admitting that he hasn’t been the mentor Anakin needed (“I have failed you”), it’s also emphasized however tragic Anakin’s downfall is, his grievances don’t excuse his actions. He did it all for his own purposes, no matter the original good intentions. And with his christening as Darth Vader and Padme’s death, the bitterest ironies are complete. Anakin, from life on Tatooine, as a Jedi knight, and then as Vader, is never truly free his entire life, and now he’s enslaved himself to the very evil he swore to destroy, and his pursuit of power ended the same life he was trying to protect.


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15 Responses to “Den of Geek On The Hero’s Journey”

  1. susanbowes Says:

    This article says exactly the way I saw Lucas’ vision. Finally someone who understands what Lucas was trying to say with his saga.

  2. piccolojr1138 Says:

    USA Today : “Why I love the ‘Star Wars’ prequels (and you should too)”

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Thought it was disappointing she spent a lot of time laying down “cover fire.” As I tweeted to the author, no one is ever expected to justify their love of Eps IV-VI by conceding criticisms.

  3. zch81721 Says: Finally got done with the Star Wars video I’ve been working on. Hope you guys enjoy it.

  4. hansolo1138 Says:

    From now on I’m posting a link to this article any time someone mockingly calls the Prequels’ depiction of Anakin “Space Jesus.” It’s so much more complex than that.

  5. Daniel Xie Says:

    Not related but one of my friends shared this. Be warned as there is a lot of cover fire coming from here.

    • susanbowes Says:

      Pretty good article, but I beg to differ as far as the prequels being mainly for teenage girls. I’m a woman, 65 years of age and I found the prequels, all of them, aimed at all age groups. I do agree that the Jedi were not as good as they claimed to be and their codes were too strict. Even Qui-Gon knew that.

    • Hoggle Says:

      ‘The Sith and the Jedi are similar in almost every way…’



      One of Hayden Christensen’s main acting background style before was in a more dramatic semi-teen soap series. Take away abit from the more blockbuster presentation (via more ambient sound settings and 16:9 aspect ratio) & there really is alot of excellent direction, acting moments & interaction going on 🙂

  6. Natalie Says:

    Quick! Everyone read this article!

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