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The Next Star Wars films

Lord Fitzroy Richard Somerset Raglan studied ancient Myths in a similar way to Joseph Campbell, his best known work, The Hero, A Study in Tradition, Myth and Drama, was published in 1936. He broke down myths and came up the 22 common traits of god-heroes. Let’s have a look at the list and see how well it fits with the Star Wars Sage and what it suggests would be traditional themes for the next movies to explore.

  1. The hero’s mother is a royal virgin;
  2. His father is a king, and
  3. Often a near relative of his mother, but
  4. The circumstances of his conception are unusual, and
  5. He is also reputed to be the son of a god.
  6. At birth an attempt is made, usually by his father or his maternal grandfather, to kill him, but
  7. He is spirited away, and
  8. Reared by foster parents in a far country.
  9. We are told nothing of his childhood, but
  10. On reaching manhood he returns or goes to his future kingdom.
  11. After a victory over the king, and/or a giant, dragon, or wild beast,
  12. He marries a princess, often the daughter of his predecessor, and
  13. Becomes king.
  14. For a time he reigns uneventfully, and
  15. Prescribes laws, but
  16. Later loses favor with the gods and/or his subjects, and
  17. Is driven from the throne and city, after which
  18. He meets a mysterious death,
  19. Often at the top of a hill.
  20. His children, if any, do not succeed him.
  21. His body is not buried, but nevertheless
  22. He has one or more holy sepulchers.

 

How they apply to Star Wars

  1. The hero’s mother is a royal virgin; Padme was the Queen of the Naboo
  2. His father is a king, and   Vader was not a true King as he was in service of the Emperor, but he was the Dark Lord
  3. Often a near relative of his mother, but     This one doesn’t fit
  4. The circumstances of his conception are unusual, and   Yes, Luke and Anakin had unusual births and conception
  5. He is also reputed to be the son of a god.   This one fits better with Anakin than Luke
  6. At birth an attempt is made, usually by his father or his maternal grandfather, to kill him, but   Anakin attempts to kill Padme just before their birth
  7. He is spirited away, and      Obi Wan hid Luke and Leia from Darth
  8. Reared by foster parents in a far country. Uncle Owen and Aunt Peru
  9. We are told nothing of his childhood, but    Very little is known
  10. On reaching manhood he returns or goes to his future kingdom. This journey begins in A New Hope
  11. After a victory over the king, and/or a giant, dragon, or wild beast,  This is when he defeats The Emperor at the end of Return of the Jedi
  12. He marries a princess, often the daughter of his predecessor, and
  13. Becomes king.
  14. For a time he reigns uneventfully, and
  15. Prescribes laws, but
  16. Later loses favor with the gods and/or his subjects, and
  17. Is driven from the throne and city, after which
  18. He meets a mysterious death,
  19. Often at the top of a hill.
  20. His children, if any, do not succeed him.
  21. His body is not buried, but nevertheless
  22. He has one or more holy sepulchers.

 

The steps from 12-22 are what the new series would touch on according to stages of the God-hero. The first eleven steps fit the Star Wars saga nicely, no story has all of the stages, but these are the stages which appear in God-hero stories on a regular basis.

12. Unlikely Luke marries Leia, although they have already kissed. But Han certainly would have married her.

13. Han would be a good King in the traditional sense, whereas Luke would most likely play a role of King as the man who restored the Jedi order.

14 and 15 This would be the period of the back story for the sequels

16. This would be an interesting beginning for the sequels, the dark side of the force could rear it’s head again and turn popular opinion against the Jedi

17. This would be some sort of revolution and the rebels are the bad guys

18. Luke is killed, at the hands of a dark Jedi

19. At the top of  hill is any place of significance symbolic of being close to God. In the context of Star Wars, God is represented by The Force.

20. If there is a revolution, the children of the former King are hunted and executed. This could be Luke’s children or Han and Leia’s. 

21. I’d expect his body to become one with the Force as did Obi Wan

22. Again, in Star Wars, Sepulchers are a monument where dead people reside, a tomb, but he would most likely play the ghost sage.