Examples Call to Adventure A young man leaves his home, which is now destroyed because the biological father is dead Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet in Star Wars; Neo gets a message in The Matrix; Simba leaves for elephant graveyard in Lion King; ball announced in "Cinderella;" king's son leaves in "Three Magic Oranges" Refusal of Call A substitute father figure may exist uncle, aunt, other adult non-parent who encourages the hero to leave home Obi Wan Star Wars ; Morpheus Matrix ; Scar tricks Simba into leaving Pride Lands in Lion King; godmother in Cinderella Supernatural Aid As the young figure meets obstacles, he gains helpers along the way. Luke becomes a Jedi knight; Neo becomes "the One;" Simba true heir; Cinderella recognized as beautiful and good The Ultimate Boon Luke wins fight against empire; Neo can manipulate matrix; Simba becomes king; Cinderella marries prince 2.
But, when Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace opens at Wednesday, George Lucas' epic of galactic good and evil will be seen by more people in one day than Homer or Malory ever dreamed of reaching in their lifetimes.
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. Lucas always claimed that his lucrative Star Wars saga blends mythology and technology.
Instead of a Scylla, he has Darth Vader. Luke Skywalker and Thor have more in common than you may think. Indeed, Lucas' fascination with mythology led to an enduring friendship with the late Joseph Campbell, perhaps the best-known expert in the field.
Lucas blended archetypes of legends and visionary cinema into three Star Wars chapters between and The reason goes beyond state-of-the-art special effects and studio hype. Lucas' film series isn't merely a hit, it's a myth. Myths fulfill that in a way that science and facts don't always do, because science and facts don't always give us meaning.
His books Masks of God and The Hero with a Thousand Faces are considered the ultimate guides to what has enthralled the world for centuries. Campbell defined the Hero 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. Before Campbell died inthe scholar and Lucas became friends. A storyteller needs a mentor as much as a hero does.
After Return of the Jedi, somebody gave me a tape of one of his lectures. I was just blown away by that. He was much more powerful as a speaker than he was as a writer. Letters and gifts exchanged by the two visionaries are on display in the Joseph Campbell Archives in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The founding curator of that museum, Dr.
Jonathan Young, said Campbell compared Lucas to the masters. They communicate a sense of universal order and show how people should live. Sound like Star Wars?Timothy Zahn is the author of more than forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novellas, and four short-fiction collections.
In , he won the Hugo Award for Best Novella. Zahn is best known for his Star Wars novels (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, Survivor’s Quest, Outbound Flight, Allegiance, Choices of One, and.
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