Sunday, December 3, 2017

"Star Wars" And Greek Mythology?

Is there a mythology to Star Wars?  If anything, what patterns do you see regarding Greek Mythology and Star Wars?  What will you take with you to other subjects regarding Greek Mythology?  Final observant thoughts to ponder about Greek Mythology? Please complete this blog response by 2:30p.m. on Tues., Dec. 12th.

23 comments:

Zach Haynes said...

Of course there are similarities, there is a dark and a light side. There is a world filled with jealousy and hate, but also compassion. Really you could say that they are nearly exactly the same but with a few tiny differences with space and some characters. Personally I think that they are just about the same thing with the patterns and the sides.

JonathanM2019 said...

The video talks about how star wars are just the passing down of Greek myths for the benefit of society. Star wars are generated greek myth. WHich is one of the reasons that is is so popular and why it applies to the inner workings of people. The movies show the dichotomy of man and apply to men and women today. Greek myths will continue to live on in culture through movies and marketing.

Cameron G said...

Using separate film clips from the Star Wars saga, this show explores and explains how the continuing battle between the forces of light and darkness is best waged when we believe in a force greater than ourselves.The constant fight between heroes and villains and the influence of a higher force within these movies are the essence of mythology and can relate to all cultures which allows the authors and producers to add a clever spin on their movies. Greek mythology will continue to be seen in my life whenever someone is against me in some realm and whenever obstacles are created in my life and all I need to do is conquer them to help and please those who are close to me.

Brittany C said...

There is mythology to Star Wars, it's based off of myths passed from generation to generation. Star Wars shows "modern day" mythical themes such as relationships with people and machines. While writing the director claims your perspective of the world is portrayed when you're creating something.

Ethan B. said...

I believe that Star Wars was supposed to be directly related to Greek Myth. Like, instead of Scylla, he had Darth Vader. In Greek Myth, the hero leaves his homeland to discover a new world of possibilities, etc... Star wars follows the template of Greek Heroes. There is a similar pattern between Star Wars and Greek Myth.

MathesonR said...

In star wars there is the classic heroes journey that is in most of the myths.I will always see mythology in all things that i see and i will relate them. Greek mythology is everywhere and will always influence things around us.

JohnA said...

I think there is mythology in Star Wars. There are many journeys that the main characters go through throughout the story of Star Wars that challenge morals or physical ability through different problems and enemies, all similar to mythology. The Jedi characters, specifically the main characters, are like the heros we see in mythology, where they're strong, brave, courageous, etc. The Sith characters are the enemies in myths. Darth Vader and Darth Maul are big characters, and they both kind of represent evil, and Darth Maul is king of like the devil. There is mythology in Star Wars, and George Lucas said himself that he kind of pulls from greek mythology for ideas like different trials or characters.

Courtney Daniel said...

Star Wars shows many elements of a "Hero's journey." It also uses a lot of color to show tell a story. The story also uses a lot of influence from other aspects of life. And in it it has many levels of good and evil. Lucas even says in the video that some of Darth Mauls looks come from Greek mythology.

LoganH said...

Since all types of Mythology have been the roots of life as we know. Its only natural these things would appear in Star Wars. Such characters as Darth Maul show similarities to evil deities from many different cultures and myths, spreading knowledge of these.

KColizzo said...

George Lucas said something along the lines of, "when you sit down and you're actually writing, you are influenced by everything you've ever liked" (when talking about whether or not myths show up in his movies) essentially showing that there is no specific pattern regarding Greek Mythology within Star Wars; it's all an amalgamation of hundreds of myths across dozens of cultures. However, this documentary-type thing also tells me that there are little bits of Greek Mythology (and little bits of everything else with it) scattered around throughout everything.

ColeM said...

Yes there is a mythology element to the Star Wars universe. It's hard too see a pattern most of the time but every once and a while you can see the influence from things like Greek mythology or other myths. Greek mythology can help you think things through a little bit more so it would be beneficial to think things through better in other classes.

APetty said...

Both in Star Wars and in mythology, many themes are pretty vague or hidden, but they are definitely there. Star Wars has taken many themes from the mythology and incorporated it into it's own lore and feel. Religious icons from everywhere were used in Star Wars, including Greek, the face of evil is portrayed very similarly.

Ethan said...

There is a little bit of depth to Star Wars considering a large factor of characters and plot are based off of mythology. Like many mythological stories they deal with the idea of good and evil just as Star Wars does with light and dark. Just like the Iliad the hero in this case tries to believe he is the good guy just as Achilles the only difference is Achilles let his rage show unlike Luke. Adding on to that a lot of Star Wars characters can be roughly based off of the religious figures. Take Darth Maul for example he is supposed to represent evil and is taken from many religions including from Greek Mythology.

Ethan H

Hunter D. said...

There is mythology in Star Wars, as said plain as day by George Lucas. The different settings and different characters are what I believe show the mythology in man different cultures and places, as every planet is vastly different.

Brooklyn R. said...

In Star Wars there is lots of themes of mythology. The first one that the director talks about is the search for destiny, which can be compared to the hero’s journey. He incorporates many other religions as well as greek mythology. He mentions that the whole basis of Greek mythology is the fact that all these stories generated from people trying to explain the unknown, and throughout Star Wars, the people in the movie also do the same. The director tells us that Darth Maul was made to look like Hades or Satan or Lucifer to strike fear in the audience. He tells us that it’s not just Greek mythology but all religions.

bradenv191 said...

I would say that there are mythological themes in Starwars because most religions were able to relate their stories to Starwars. Though Greek mythology is hardly found throughout the story, except for the Senate and possibly the Jedi, most myths are from either eastern or western myth and religions.

cailey w said...

George Lucas the creator of Star Wars wanted to use mythological motifs to compare to today/ everyday life. In Star War there is a theme of the hero's journey like in all the myth we read and learned about. Luke Skywalker goes on a journey throughout the universe just like how Hercules or Jason went on a journey also. George Lucas mentioned this idea of power and it made me think about Greek Myth and how the gods/ goddesses had the most power, but characters like Hercules and Jason had to earn their power. It compares to Star Wars because Darth Vader had all the power and Luke Skywalker had to earn his own power. George Lucas "Telling old myth in a new way" he used Star Wars to create a new myth that could also relate and tell a story of the old myths, so kids can better understand myths.

Jasmine B. said...

The creator of Star Wars wanted to add mythology to the movie so there is a lot of mythology within the movie. There were relationships with friends that represented the guest host relationship. Took different evil characters from each religion and put all of those ideas together. He found that many of the evil characters had horns in each relationship. Another example of mythology in Star Wars is the mentoring, Luke and Yoda, like in the Disney film Hercules. The appeal was that we could tell who were the good guys and who were the bad guys used color to do this. I will take the idea that compassion and greed need to be in balance. They talk about how people could be as evil as they could be like Hitler or Stalin this is shown as Darth Vader little then turns into the evil we know he is. The creator is aware that he is mentoring/influencing the children in the world. Realized all religions and faith hold us together as a society and they are all true they all just see different sides of the world. The human race has always thought they have known everything from cavemen to now.

Lauren B. said...

Yes there is mythology in Star Wars. In the video we watched, they talked about how there is good and evil inside of us, but we can choose which way we lean. Towards good or towards evil. We all have a destiny and contribution. We the contributions are like quests. In Star Wars some of the characters are not human they are creatures. There’s a lot of creatures or creature like characters in mythology. Some other things that I thought was interesting from the video was that Star Wars has a mixture of religions it’s not just based off one religion. Like Star Wars, Greek Mythology isn’t based off one religion, it’s based on many different religions. There are a ton of references to Greek Mythology in Star Wars.

StephenS said...

There are factors of Greek mythology in Star Wars and I think the biggest part of that is the characters who play a creature because there are many creatures throughout Greek myth, however, Greek mythology ideas are not constantly portrayed throughout the film. They are mostly other mythological or religious ideas.

allyf said...

In the movie Star Wars there is greek mythology spread out throughout the whole movie. The creator of the movie did this by taking different ideas and characters from different religions and views on life and put them all together in the movie. With all of these different views and ideas the creator knows that children and people are going to be influenced. All of these ideas and religions are what holds us together as a world and a community.

BrookeD said...

Mythology in Star Wars, while it does not point to any certain myth, definitely has mythic elements. There's an overarching story, with the main character being something of a hero. We follow this hero through the story as they attempt to overcome obstacles, in this case being Luke Skywalker. A distinct cast of characters, while not required in myth but is usually used, follows Skywalker, aiding him to not only try and overcome his physical obstacles, but also his internal ones as well. As the story progresses, a larger enemy presents itself, this being the Empire and Darth Vader, and the hero must fight these enemies to wrap up his story and be taken back home. Overall, Star Wars has a lot of influence from common parts of myths. What I can take from Greek Myth to other subjects is a developed understanding of how to find the deeper meaning in subjects.

Acker said...

Star Wars and mythology are hand and hand. I would say star wars has many aspects of mythology like the heroic journey, good and evil, and juts basic characteristics. The fact that the journeys are replicating the mythology stories, the characters are based off of other greek creatures (Darth Maul is based off of Hades, stan or lucifer so that he could make fear in the audiences.) and something else that really interest me is that there's a mix of religion in these movies. All of these aspects added a fantasy, responsible, etc.