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Star Wars (Episode IV 1977) Genre Theory and Narrative Theory

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´╗┐Star Wars, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Episode IV - A New Hope, (1977), Director: George Lucas, Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi. A New Hope opens with a Rebel ship being boarded by the antagonist Darth Vader. The plot then follows the life of a simple farm boy, Luke Skywalker, as he discovers the Force, and as he and his newly met allies Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, R2-D2 attempt to rescue a Rebel leader, Princess Leia, from the clutches of the Empire, and Darth Vader. The conclusion reaches the climax as the Rebels, including Skywalker make an attack on the Empire's most powerful and advanced weapon, the Death Star. The story revolves around Skywalker learning his full potential as a Jedi and fitting with the narrative, the efforts in the path of destruction of the Death Star, and subsequently Darth Vader. When you focus on the 12 steps of a hero?s journey with, Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, you see a long and emotional journey of an unlikely character develop into someone much more powerful and greater. ...read more.


In relation to narrative this is when Luke and Obi-Wan meet up with Han Solo and Chewbacca in the spaceport bar and make an enemy of Jabba the Hut. The next step in this structure refers to when the hero reaches a dangerous place where what is sought resides, this is called the ?approach the innermost cave?, this is when the hero is now ready for the ordeal. This is the real start of the action in terms of narrative in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. When you look at the actual plot of the story, this is when Luke and his allies have a series of adventures as they move towards the Death Star, this bonds these allies as well. Then suddenly there is ?the supreme ordeal?, where the hero faces death in a climactic battle with the villain, this in the story is a number of adventures in the Death Star and a very close call in the garbage disposal compactor unit which almost killed the main protagonist and the hero. This is basically a series of adventures that culminate in the freeing of Princess Leia. ...read more.


It also includes the battles with the allies of the villain and the fights in different areas as the story progresses, these are the fights that the majority of, are won by Luke Skywalker and his companions. Then we have the resolution/ending, which includes the elimination of the main villain and his allies, and Luke Skywalker, the main protagonist and hero, and his allies facing victory. In this film there is a twist with the loss of a companion as well though, Obi-Wan. Then finally the last factor in the theory we have the thematic, this is when the hero takes it upon himself to solve the problems and contradictions of his society and saves the ?ordinary world? from them, them being the ?special world?, as mentioned in Voglers theory. There also is the portrayal of macho code of behaviour, by the hero and main protagonist of Luke Skywalker. There is an isolated self-reliance, through Lukes departure, the hero, Luke, does not fit in with the values and the lifestyles of the community but the main protagonist, Luke, maintains his individuality through the entire expedition, including all of the experiences he goes through on the main quest itself. 9/10- Joe Moorcroft. ...read more.

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