Star Wars and the Wizard of Oz are two of the greatest films of all time and both can be seen as a spiritual journey metaphor.
I am a Star Wars fan since day one! Every year, my son and I go to a Christmas Day movie and this year was “Rogue One.” It was great from start to end and satisfied the bridge between trilogies one and two. I am also a huge fan of Joseph Campbell’s “Power of Myth,” which I studied when it was featured on PBS. Much has been written since about the success of Star Wars to the Power of Myth. Below are some interesting facts, character comparisons and photos of the two films. George Lucas used the paradigm as homage to C.G. Jung and Joseph Campbell.
Both stories begin with heroes/protagonists: guileless teenage orphans who are growing up on desolate farms while being raised by an aunt and uncle. Both want to get out and find a greater world out there (over the rainbow or out in space). Rogue One follows this model as well.
By going on these epic adventures, the heroes are better people, and they know that there are unseen posers that were always accessible to them, and they now know how to access them. They would not have learned how, had they not broken out of their old world, gathered friends, followed the advice of mentors, faced their demons and emerged victorious.
In both tales we see the hero’s journey as a metaphor for personal quest, enlightenment, wholeness and peace of mind. Each goes from innocence to despair through trials and tribulations and comes out with the power to do great things. Dorothy is told that she had the power the whole time, but didn’t know it. Luke is told to turn off the computer, close his eyes, and use the force. It is only through the struggle with the shadows that we become whole!
From the visuals and story line, there is a direct influence when you look at how well they go together! Dorothy and Leia (Luke), are idealistic and care deeply for others. Both are menaced and captured by evil users of magic and must be rescued by friends who disguise themselves in the enemies uniforms.
Hero’s in disguise to rescue maiden’s in distress
Part two next week: villain stands in opposition, trying to thwart the hero and friends, but they evade and escape.
Keeping Carrie Fisher in prayer.
Princess Leia, May the force be with you!