At first he was a baddie in a black suit.
Next, he was the dark father to love and to hate.
Then he was the hero, fearless yet fatally flawed –
and the slaughterer of children –
– a desperate soul raging in a broken body encased in a mobile tomb –
– and the Saviour in the ancient prophecy, the bringer of balance.
What was Anakin’s flaw? How could the murderer of the innocents redeem the galaxy? Why was the galaxy in need of redemption? How can there be redemption without god? Why did the Midichlorians work for Darth Plagueis no less than for Yoda? Why do those who erect temples end up commanding armies?
This book explores the real meaning of the tragedy of Anakin Skywalker as it unravels backwards over 30 years in George Lucas’ magnum opus. It investigates the source of Lucas’ inspiration – the work of Joseph Campbell, the groundbreaking and controversial comparative mythologist. It rethinks Campbell's radical proposals and develops them further to startling conclusions.
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