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ERIC Number: ED315833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 13
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The Myth and Magic of "Star Wars": A Jungian Interpretation.
Phipps, Maurice
The "Star Wars" trilogy is a fairy tale projected into the future which exemplifies in a clear-cut manner many of the archetypes of Jungian psychology. These films are modern retellings of ancient myths. Carl Jung has described myths as "fundamental expressions of human nature." In the films, fairy tale motifs such as typical clothing, helpful animals, knights, princess, emperor, Millenium Falcon, combined with primordial settings, are projected into the future with star ships, death stars and light swords. Although the films take the spectator far into the future, connections to an unconscious past are never forgotten. The popularity of these films could be attributed not only to the actors, special effects, and adventure but also to the connections with the collective and personal unconscious which the trilogy continually provokes. (SG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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