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REY: ON THE HERO’S PATH – PART 1

NOTE: For a history and breakdown of the Hero’s Journey concept see my previous article, The Hero’s Path.

1 ar 1This examination of Rey’s Journey will mainly follow Christopher Vogler’s outline of the Hero’s Journey—with several of Campbell’s steps mentioned. It will also follow the chronological plot of the film, rather than a strictly linear outline of the steps.

The Steps and Archetypes of the Journey will be highlighted in BOLD UPPERCASE, a style used by Vogler in examining the chronological plots of several films in his book, The Writer’s Journey.

Stage 1: Rey’s Separation / Departure

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”    — Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces

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SEPARATION / DEPARTURE

Rey’s ORDINARY WORLD is her life as a scavenger on the harsh planet of Jakku, eking out a living by picking over the bones of a previous age. She is literally living inside the wreckage of the Galactic Civil War in the form of a fallen AT-AT.

However, Rey desires more in life, as seen in her sad gaze at the old women at the scrap cleaning station (a realization of what she may become on her current path) and the rebel pilot helmet she wears (an identification with the now legendary heroes of the Rebellion) while watching a ship leave Jakku. But she is reluctant to leave, held back by the fear that her family won’t find her when they finally return (her INNER PROBLEM).

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Tales of the Lairians #4- TWL

WampasLair_SquareOur fourth episode features the Tale of Ethan and some of his favorite aspects of the Star Wars universe!

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THE HERO’S PATH: Background and Examination of The Hero’s Journey

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A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

                                                                  —Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces

NOTE: This article is a precursor to an upcoming three article series examining Rey’s Hero’s Journey in The Force Awakens.

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While writing the original drafts of Star Wars in the early 1970s, George Lucas came across the works of Professor Joseph Campbell. Campbell’s ideas of universal mythical themes found within the stories of every society helped Lucas focus his intention of making a mythological story of good verses evil for the modern world (especially for children) and imbued his screenwriting with themes and characters that would resonate deeply within his audience. Continue reading

Rogues, Rebels, Celebration- TWL #191

WampasLair_SquareKarl and Jason discuss the Rogue One sizzle reel, the Rebels Season 3 trailer, and the Ahsoka panel which came out of Celebration Europe this past week!

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Examining the Rogue One Celebration Reel

NOTE: A very small “spoiler” ahead from the teaser trailer shown exclusively to the Celebration audience. I only remark on it to confirm the identity of a character seen in the reel.


Jyn Erso’s Homeworld

Galen-Jyn youngHere we see the planet where Jyn’s father, Galen Erso, is living. I believe this is likely the first scene of the film.

Galen is a scientist who is wanted by the Empire and the rebels. He created something very powerful and now regrets it, being compared to J. Robert Oppenheimer, a scientist who helped create the atomic bomb. It is likely that Galen created a key component that is used in completing the Death Star’s superweapon. Continue reading