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


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On April 10, 2013
Last modified:December 21, 2013

Summary:

A thought-provoking analysis of my favorite movies.

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The Journey of Luke Skywalker: An Analysis of Modern Myth and Symbol is an interesting scene-by-scene close reading of the original Star Wars trilogy from a Jungian perspective.

Jung is a logical theoretical lens to use for these films because of his focus on mythology, and Galipeau persuasively argues that Star Wars functions as a modern myth. In addition, Jung influenced Joseph Campbell who influenced George Lucas.

Personally, though, I think Jung is a better folklorist than a psychologist and got tired of seeing all of the Star Wars characters put on the couch. But on balance, this was a thought-provoking analysis of my favorite movies.

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A thought-provoking analysis of my favorite movies.
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About Matt Hlinak

Matt Hlinak
Matt Hlinak is an administrator at Dominican University, just outside of Chicago. He teaches courses in English and legal studies. His short stories have appeared in 'Sudden Flash Youth' (Persea Books 2011) and several literary magazines. 'DoG' (2012) is his debut novel.