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Star Wars: A Political Satire?
A New Hope
Movies have always been a reflection of society, and as such politics have been a part of societies since the beginning of times. It would only be fitting that we have a classic film that is in my opinion "political satire" disguised as an epic Science Fiction story.
Star Wars (The first one Episode IV) was a new twist on the old and some would say boring theme of politics and inequality. All movies have a theme, some times more than one. I plan to reveal the connection between this film and some of the political muses that may have played a part in its creation. I'm also going to show how subliminal
The Civil War
Personally I think there are several themes in this film, but in my opinion the main focus is a retelling of The American Civil War and Revolution. It's even in the intro. The movie starts off by telling us that "It is a period of CIVAL WAR", between rebels of the Republic and The Empire. I say The Republic is America's governing bodies and The Empire, well is just that, The British Empire.
In 1861 a civil war between The United States (or The Union) and the southern slave states (or The Confederacy) that were not united and was still under some British influence. Conflict was present before, but the war itself started after British soldiers opened fire on a group of colonists, this was known as The Boston Massacre. In the film we see Luke Skywalker's parents get massacred by "Imperial Troops". Coincidence? I think not.
In the film the rebels call their cause "The Rebellion", in real life it was called "The Revolution". A battle between American colonies and The British Empire for their freedom. Empire, like "The Empire Strikes Back". Get it? Now let's get back to The Civil War reference again for a second.
So let see; Luke's parents get massacred by Imperial troops then he gets befriended by Obi Wan Kenobi who is basically President Lincoln. Think about it, Lincoln lead The Civil War in an attempt to abolish slavery and bring freedom, democracy, and unity to the REPUBLIC or United States. This is plain as day. Obi Wan even looks like Lincoln only difference is his beard is white. So if Obi Wan Kenobi is Lincoln then who is Luke?
Uncle Sam's Nephew?
The blue eyed, fair haired Luke Skywalker is the heart of America. The middle class, farm boy who joins the Academy (Military) so he can fight against The Empire for freedom and unity. Even the name sounds heroic and somewhat heavenly, "Skywalker". What young boy or girl wouldn't want to sign up for the military after seeing Luke and 'Princess' Leia fight for the right? How about Han Solo?
Han Solo is that rebel, the guy who flies 'solo', he only really cares about himself. This is shown in one scene when he says to Leia, "I'm not in this for your REVOLUTION Princess, I'm in this for the money." Now fast forward to the end of the movie and beyond when Han actually ends up fighting for the cause, although reluctant to admit it. Hello Subliminal messages.
You've Got Mail
Look at a movie like The Dark Knight Rises. The police and military have to take things into their own hands and work with a vigilante to save the city from the people (occupy Wall Street or 1%) who have become enraged with the class system's unfairness. This is showing us that we need policing and sometimes the authoritarians must use alternate forms of protection (Batman/spying on us/secret missions/lies/brute force) that may not be exactly legal in order to protect us. Earlier I said, "who wouldn't want to sign up for the military after Luke and Leia fight for the right?" Well the answer is the Han Solo's. The guys who don't care. After seeing the way he came around and fought for the cause I bet a few more of the selfish non-believers got on board and have since had a long career in the military not knowing that a movie they saw may have planted the seed.
Movies are a reflection of the times. Star Wars is a reflection of our country and how it became united. I could go on about God and The Devil and a comparison with The Force and The Dark Side, but that's a different story for a different day.