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  • REY: ON THE HERO’S PATH – PART 1

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    NOTE: For a history and breakdown of the Hero’s Journey concept see my prologue article, The Hero’s Path. This 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 […]

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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: […]

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  • Balance of the Force: Prophecy

    Balance of the Force: Prophecy

    “He is the Chosen One.  You must sense it.” Qui-Gon Jinn insisted that the boy would be trained, with the consent of the Jedi Council or by his own hand.  He believed, as did many others, that Anakin Skywalker was the Chosen One of prophecy — the One who would bring Balance to the Force.  After […]

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  • Balance of the Force: Harmony

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    Balance of the Force: Harmony shazbazzar “May the Force be with you.”  Nearly forty years ago, movie-goers emerged from theaters with the phrase in their minds and on their lips.  For decades, it has prevailed in pop-culture, eventually leading to “May the Fourth” being regarded as “Star Wars Day” globally.  The Force has become part […]