The original Star Wars is an ancient story told through futuristic images. In 1949, Joseph Campbell released The Hero with a Thousand Faces, about a common “hero’s journey” storyline present in all mythology. In 1975, Lucas re-discovered Campbell’s work, using the idea of a universal hero to focus his sprawling Star Wars universe around a single character – Luke Skywalker.

Luke follows Campbell’s outline from the book: he leaves home on a grand adventure, faces certain evil, wins a decisive victory, and returns from his quest with new powers. While Luke’s story from the original trilogy is complex his character is simple. Similarly to the heroes of yore, he is brave, selfless, and determined ...

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