Star Wars

Star Wars Essay Questions

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    What is the Force?

    The Force, as Obi-Wan Kenobi describes it, is "an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together," and it is what gives a Jedi his power. In this way, the Force resembles the life force that many religions allude to, and is reminiscent of the concept of qi, a central concept in Chinese medicine and martial arts. The Force is a metaphysical power stronger than logic can explain.

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    What is Han Solo's narrative journey in the film?

    When Luke and Obi-Wan first meet Han Solo in Mos Eisley, he is a boastful and irreverent smuggler who doesn't look out for anybody besides himself. He has debts to settle with Jabba the Hutt from a narcotics deal that went awry, and he has no interest in thinking about the Force or working for the Rebellion. He sees Obi-Wan and Luke as annoyances more than allies. However, by the end of the film, he begins to develop a conscience and comes to Luke's rescue during the destruction of the Death Star. By the end of the film, Han Solo proves that he does have a sense of right and wrong, and wants to fight on the side of good.

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    What allows Luke to destroy the Death Star?

    A number of elements come into play when Luke is on the rebel mission to destroy the Death Star. For one thing, he is an excellent pilot and has good aim. Secondly, Han Solo comes back to help him in the Millennium Falcon at a key moment. Thirdly, the spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi speaks to him while he's flying and reminds him to "use the Force." Before he dies, Obi-Wan warns Darth Vader that if he strikes him down he will only become more powerful. This proves true, as after he dies, Obi-Wan becomes a ubiquitous force in Luke's life and reminds him of his powers as a Jedi.

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    How are Han Solo and Princess Leia similar?

    Both Han Solo and Princess Leia have a certain witty and sardonic attitude about conflict. While Leia is much more politically engaged, working for the Rebellion, and Han Solo is more self-serving, they both have a desire to call the shots and a certain bravery and grit when it comes to facing conflict. They spar throughout much of their acquaintance, but they are also drawn to one another, seeing in the other a kindred smartass.

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    What is Luke's conflict with his uncle, Owen?

    While Luke's uncle, Owen, wants Luke to stay on Tatooine and help him with farming, Luke desperately wants to go to school to become a pilot, and has his sights set on bigger and better things than simply staying on the farm. Perhaps it is because Owen sees something of Luke's father, a Jedi knight, in Luke that he is so protective of the young boy. However, his conservative attitude only makes Luke want to set out on his own more.