On the hero's journey there are two types of deed. One is the physical deed, the hero who has performed a war act or a physical act of heroism in saving a life. The hero’s act, giving himself, sacrificing himself to another (BEN WITH LUKE,HAN WITH BEN SOLO).
The other kind is the spiritual deed. This is when the hero has learned, or found, a mode of experiencing the supernormal range of human spiritual life, comes back and communicates it. It’s a cycle, it’s a going and a return, that the hero cycle represents.
It is seen in abundance with the star wars saga,But then this can be seen also in the simple initiation ritual, where a child has to give up his childhood and become an adult, has to die, to his infantile personality and psyche and come back as a self-responsible adult. It’s a fundamental experience that everyone has to undergo, where in our childhood for at least 14 years and into our teens, we then to get out of that posture of dependency, psychological dependency, into one of psychological self-responsibility, requires a death and resurrection, to be redeemed and that is the basic motif of the hero journey, Leaving one condition, finding the source of life to bring you forth in a richer (“the first path into a larger world”)or more mature or other conditioning.
So that if we happen not to be heroes in the grand sense of redeeming society, we have to lake that journey ourselves, spiritually, psychologically, inside us.
The moral objective is that of saving a people or saving a person, or saving an idea. He is sacrificing himself for something, that’s the morality of it. judgment from another side. But this generally doesn't destroy the heroism of what was done in what ever the form or act of his or her heroism.
“Do you think that you shall enter the garden of bliss without such trials as come to those who passed before you?” this quote can be seen in many religious books (the koran for example) and it reflects the revealing of the face in the mask this is prominent in Empire strikes back with lukes face within his fathers mask, and even with kylo and reflecting his thoughts and aspirations upon his grandfathers warped and melted fragments of his mask.
George Lucas always claimed that his lucrative Star Wars saga blends mythology and technology. Instead of a Scylla, he has Darth Vader. Luke Skywalker being Thor .
Indeed, Lucas' fascination with mythology led to an enduring friendship Joseph Campbell George’s mentor and teacher, perhaps the best-known expert in the mythologyfield.
Lucas blended archetypes of legends and visionary cinema into three Star Wars chapters between 1977 and 1983. Star Wars (known to Jedi disciples as A New Hope), The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi have grossed tens of billions of dollars in worldwide ticket sales and merchandising.George's reflectional story arc can also predominately be seen in the prequel trilogy.
The reason goes beyond state-of-the-art special effects and studio hype. Lucas film’s series isn't just a galaxy far far away… sci fi fantasy…., Ultimately it's a myth story.
The stories speak to something inside us that wants to know how our world lives, that wants to make order of it and find some meaning. Myths fulfil that in a way that science and facts don't always do, because science and facts don't always give us meaning.
Different eras, different heroes, yet Lucas' film series contains the same mythic qualities those ancient storytellers and others used to fuel imaginations throughout the ages.
A Hero's Cycle, a course of events that occurs as a rite of initiation in every myth, pinpointing the need for mentors, villains, elixirs and jesters along the way. Each step can be traced in the adventures of Star Wars hero Luke Skywalker.
It doesn't just stop with Luke there are many examples within the saga ,but the other hero archetype has to be.....
The mercenary, the pilot, the scoundrel, the gambler,Solo, begins as a mercenary and ends up as a hero.
He was a very practical guy, a materialist in his character, at least as he thought of himself. But he was a compassionate human being at the same time, and didn’t know it. The adventure evoked a quality of his character that he hadn’t known he possessed.He thinks he’s an egoist, but he isn’t, he is a very lovable human being, han thinks he is with chewy working for himself, he's very practically chancer but there’s something else pushing him within,
and once we see han as a father ,the hero’ cycle starts again,
The Hero,The sacrifice and The redemption for his son.
The idea of a calling to his or her true nature, to arms and battle, and or being drawn away into a place of wisdom, faith, finding allies and mentors, accomplishing the ordeals, and then returning."
Myths inspire both awe and recognition. They communicate a sense of universal order and show how people should live.
Luke fulfills a number of the characteristics that you see in mythic heroes,A royal lineage that he grows up ignorant about in a simple, obscure way, and he has special powers and abilities that are brought out by a series of teachers. In classic mythology, the hero reluctantly leaves the homeland (in Luke's case, the planet Tatooine) on a quest that takes him over a supernatural threshold into a strange land. A helper/co-hero such as Han Solo lends his hand and the millennium falcon and co pilot chewie, through a series of ordeals.
Comic relief is provided by tricksters such as the Greek muse Thalia or C3PO and R2-D2.
Ultimately, the hero must stand on his own, face the darkness and conquer it before returning to reality, stronger and wiser.
Lessons can be learned from all of these teachings, as subtle as they are to a child ,but once have become and adult it is seen quite clearly in the plain sight .
The force is all around us ....
we just have to feel it,
and let go…….
By Adam Sheldon for TSW.