Jung, Freud and Star Wars Analytical Essay by Master Writers

Jung, Freud and Star Wars
Examining how the behavior of the characters of the "Star Wars" movie series fit well into Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud's social theories.
# 16956 | 975 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 23, 2003 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Jung) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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The Star Wars movies, especially the first three, are clearly a type of myth written to demonstrate archetypal personalities. The characters are driven by their behavior, which can be used to analyze their characters in terms of Jungian and Freudian theories. Theories regarding "self", Type A and Type B personalities. and "persona" are related to the characters of Lando, Luke, Han, Darth Vader and Jedi Knights.

From the Paper:

"In the Empire Strikes Back, many of the characters are acting out of great personal need or personal striving, and many of them fit fairly well into Jung's theory or archetype personalities.

The "Self" is the highest form a personality can take, well integrated and centered. To become a self-actualized Self is Luke Skywalker's goal and the final achievement of his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobe. In an interesting twist, Darth Vader also sees himself that way. He believes self-actualization can be either good or evil, and finds evil more powerful and rewarding."

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