Star Wars: Film Analysis

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The legacy of Star Wars still exists today partly because it was constructed by so many different philosophies and religions. The trilogy includes aspects of Taoism, Zen Buddhism, and even Christianity. Sometimes it is hard to find, but the teachings of Christ and the truth of the gospel are paralleled several times in the films in the morality of the Jedi and Luke Skywalker. With that, while the Force and Holy Spirit are alike, the Force is not the only small aspect of God in the films. Caleb Grimes, the author of Star Wars Jesus, brings up an interesting debate in his writing, which is the idea of the connection of Christianity and Star Wars. However, he puts great emphasis on some aspects of God and less emphasis on others. While not every …show more content…
One of Yoda’s most prominent lessons is restated in Article 39 when Luke encounters the vision of Darth Vader in the cave. The scene shows just how easily Luke is able to face the same evil fate as Anakin he gets caught up in his fear and aggression in the cave. (Grimes 117) It is not said in the text, but it represents just how easily humans can get lost in their own “dark side” just by acting impulsively away from the fruits of the Spirit, or in this case, the light side of the Force. Caleb Grimes also understand the danger of humanity’s negative emotions by saying, “In the cave, Luke uses his lightsaber for aggression, not for knowledge and defense, and this is his failure.” (Grimes 118) Yoda also describes the issue of lacking faith in Article 40 when he exclaims, “Do or do not. There is no try.” (Grimes 119) Like Luke, humans are very prone to the attitude of “giving it a try” when it comes to their faith in the Lord. (Grimes 120) The author even gives the reader a great visual comparing Yoda compelling Luke’s X-Wing out of the swamp to Jesus walking on water to apostle Peter. (Grimes 123) The movies also depict the battle between good and evil in the Force, in that Luke must face the epitome of the Dark Side, the Emperor. Article 62 warn readers to …show more content…
It shows that the morality of Christ is much more prominent than the supernatural occurrences. Caleb Grimes does his best to relate many of the trilogy’s scenes to Christianity and, most prominently, the Holy Spirit. However, as a Christian, the most important aspect of the belief system is not just supernatural cause, but actually the ideas of redemption and sacrifice. The author does not put attention on the fact that what is good about the Gospel is Christ on the cross, which is paralleled greatly in the character of Luke Skywalker. He is the one that looks for the good in others, thinks of his friends above himself, and sacrifices himself for the sake of another. By showing a good depiction of Jesus through Luke’s actions, the movies do succeed in connecting Christian beliefs with its own philosophies. The author does not emphasize the true importance of Christianity in his writing, but in that, opens up very interesting

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