Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers sat down and worked on five episodes of The Power of Myth where they discuss, among other things, the virtues of the epic space fantasy film, Star Wars.
George Lucas has often credited Campbell for helping inspire the Star Wars franchise, saying Campbell "exposed me to cosmic questions and mysteries" and those questions led to the creation of one of the most successful film franchises in history.
The Hero's Journey in Star Wars is outlined at Star Wars' Origins:
- I. Departure
- The Call to Adventure - Princess Leia's message
- Refusal of the Call - Luke has to help with the harvest
- Supernatural Aid - Obi-Wan rescues Luke from the sandpeople
- Crossing the first Threshold - Escaping Tatooine
- The Belly of the Whale - trash compactor
- II. Initiation
- The road of trials - lightsaber practice
- Meeting with the goddess - meets Princess Leia
- Temptation away from true path - Luke is tempted by the Dark Side
- Atonement with Father - Darth and Luke reconcile
- Apotheosis (becoming god like) - Luke becomes a Jedi
- Ultimate Boon - Death Star destroyed
- III. Return
- Refusal of the Return - Luke wants to stay and avenge Obi-Wan
- The Magic Flight - Millennium Falcon
- Rescue from Without - Han save Luke from Darth
- Crossing the Return Threshold - Millennium Falcon destroys pursuing TIE fighters
- Master of the Two Worlds - Victory ceremony
- Freedom to Live - Rebellion is victorious over empire
Once you see the whole story outlined, it's easy to understand how many of our classic myths and fairy tales follow this journey. What stories, movies, and books can you outline using this model?