Star Wars vs. The Odyssey
A galaxy far, far away and the land of Ithaca are closer than you may think. Star
Wars IV: A New Hope follows a group of freedom fighters, known as the Rebel Alliance, as they plan to destroy the powerful Death Star space station created by the evil Galactic Empire. It also follows the adventures of Luke Skywalker, protecting and saving himself and others all along the way. The Odyssey is about a man named Odysseus and his adventure in returning home from the Trojan War after being gone for 20 years. He puts himself in some trouble, but the gods refuse to let him go home without a fight. There is more than meets the eye when it comes to these two stories.
The Odyssey and Star Wars follow the same basic cycle. Both adventures show hard and challenging tasks in order to get home, complete an adventure, or save something. Luke’s adventure begins when his aunt and uncle get killed and he no longer has a home. Odysseus gets called for his adventure by the Gods. Both Luke and Odysseus had to pass or fail certain tests. Luke’s test was to learn the force. Odysseus’ test was to see if he would be faithful to his wife, and also his crew. In Star Wars, Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca get trapped in the garbage compactor. Luke has to save them all by having R2-D2 and C3P0 turn the compactor off, therefore, saving everyone’s life. In The Odyssey, Odysseus has to save his crew from Polyphemus, the Cyclops. Odysseus successfully saves his crew by tricking the Cyclops in to thinking his name is Nohbdy, stabbing him in the eye, and escaping under the bellies of the sheep on the island.
The goals of Odysseus and Luke Skywalker differ. Odysseus wanted to get home. He was gone for 20 years, 10 at war, and 10 trying to get home. He fought for months. The gods kept getting...