Star Wars: Episode IV, A NEW HOPE (1977)
Racial and Religious Trends in the Movie
“Star Wars, Episode IV, A New Hope (1977)”, is a movie that focuses on Luke Skywalker who unites with a pilot, two droids and the Jedi knight with the objective of rescuing the universe during one of its darkest hours. It is during the times when battles are emanating from an empire that is on a mission of ensuring that the entire world is destroyed. Similarly, the four protagonists work hand in hand to save a young girl, Leia, from a tyrant known as Darth Vadar. In the film, there is a picture of the religious and racial trends of the 1970’s that are depicted.
To begin with, Darth Vadar plays the role of the evil one in the movie. He is hated by the other characters because he is viewed as being barbaric, uncaring and engages in activities that are repugnant to morality in the society. To that end, he is regarded as being unreligious because he violates the rights of other human beings. For instance, he kidnaps a young lady known as Leia. To this effect, there is a group of individuals who set out to save the girl from the devil. Therefore, the movie points out that there was a trend in the 1970s of bad and good people. In the Christian faith, there is God and Satan who are always on the opposing sides. The analysis of this movie is a clear indication that just as it is in the Christian faith, Satan wanted to destroy the world. However, the savior, Jesus, came in and saved the world. Luke Skywalker and his group play the role of protecting the globe from a tyrant, an indication that God works miraculously. This belief exists in the modern world.
Similarly, on analyzing the movie, the trend of hope is well demonstrated. It is indicated by the kidnapped princess who begs Obi-Wan Kenobi, to help her claiming that he is her hope. Thus, just as it is in the modern religious beliefs, hope is the source of light in situations whereby people are faced with the darkest hours of their lives. In the Christian faith; people take hope as the primary motivation tool that drives the Christian beliefs and customs. Therefore, the movie highlights that this trend was in existence in the 1970s and continues today. Besides, in the film, we learn that there is a strange force that protects the universe. Also, we obtain the understanding that hope is defined as a tool that leads to depression. In the modern world, some of the individuals like Jurgen Moltmann have subscribed to the idea that hope is the driving device toward the suffering that the majority of the Christians are facing. It is because the hope for salvation drives them to have the opinion that being rebellious to the authority is good especially if the rebellion is attributed to the religion that an individual belongs.
The trend of racism in the movie is indicated by the activity of the Jawa traders and the droids. The traders capture the droids and then proceed to sell them to the farmers. This trend continued for the majority of the nations around the world, and it is still applicable in some parts of the world.
The film was so enormously famous in the US because it captured cultural and historical events. Similarly, it was the only movie of its kind that was available in the market.
In conclusion, the above discussions illustrate that racial and religious trends that are observed today were also present in the 1970s even though in different forms. The movie gives us a clear picture of how people ran their affairs.