Opposites Matter (Introduction to Semiotics Part 7)

Jun 10 2012 Published by neilgains under semiotics

“The purpose of myth is to provide a logical model capable of overcoming a contradiction”  - Claude Levi-Strauss

The Star Wars films are packed full of mythic oppositions and themes. This is quite deliberate (George Lucas was an avid reader of Joseph Campbell) and even the six part series with parts 4-6 made first, mirrors the structure of Homer’s Iliad. In the story there are oppositions between young and old (immaturity/idealism vs maturity/wisdom), Luke and the Emperor (common man vs authority figure), nature and technology, the Force and evil, Jedi and Sith (democracy vs totalitarianism), rebels and empire, freedom and tyranny, love and hate (the power of constructive vs destructive behaviour) and son and father (rite of passage based on separation). Read more »

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