Phallic light sabers. X-Wing penetration. A dominatrix father. Ugh. Sounds like a tale of impotence. ::: Click here to read the full text.
I thought this was a fantastic article. Critical theory isn't about definites- it's about subjectivity. Nothing is inherently meaningful, and the reception or analysis a film receives may even be at odds with the intentions of the author. Who is correct- the many or the few?
Lucas is operating as component of a society, a society which has long been argued to be patriarchal and pallocentric. Taking a step backwards from the film allows one to see it as a product of this society, albeit an unconscious product. Come on, how many films deal with Man's struggle with Oedipus? With insecurities about sexuality and worth? And how many films place Man as powerful and Woman as passive? Is this how the world really is? No! And representing it as otherwise isn't necessarily intentional either.
Those who responded hyperbolically miss the point entirely. As Obi-Wan himself once said: "only a Sith deals in absolutes".
In response to everyone that is getting upset about this article, and others like it;
I think that you should take into consideration that we are sexual creatures by nature, and attempting to explore that in the real world is not always an option, so we have art. No matter the medium (though it is always the message) these themes will always arise. Love, Sex, Hate, Anger, Fear, Joy; They are all a part of our conciousness and will continue to influence us.
Therefore it is our responsibility to be mature enough to deal with articles like this, even if you don't agree with them. Personally, I think this one makes alot of sense, but that's not the point I was here to make.
Art is an abstract concept, and as such will always have undertones of what the artist is feeling, thinking, or going through. Just because the art is seen by millions as a fun family movie, there is no doubt in anyone's mind that there is something much deeper going on also. This is Star Wars, the Epic of our time. . .this isn't Dude, Where's My Car. Just as in life there are struggles within oneself and their surroundings to find their identity, there will be in film, television, books, music, paintings, sculptures, and any other medium you can imagine.
I'd like to make several comments about the Star Wars piece, A Penetrating Analysis.
First of all, Lucas' commments about hiding a message in a story is very pertinant to the analysis. Of course it's a veiled metaphor for gaining and controling sexual power -- that's what growing into adulthood is all about! (Adulthood= responsibility to the future generation, i.e., procreation, i.e., sex and providing resources for the result of sex.) You cannot call anyone sick for the analysis; it's an observable fact, not opinion. If you want to degrade his article, try giving some intellegent arguments against his conclusion and supports!
I completely agree with the break-down of the symbology discussed; in fact, it's Joseph Campbell's own analysis simply translated to a sexual perspective. I however do not think it is the only underlying message nor do I agree with the brief comparison with Fitzgerald's novel.
First, we know that the Skywalkers are a dysfunctional family and the story is representative of how a dysfunctional family finally brings their issues "into the light" and deals with them and then finally achieves "closure" by the redemption of the father, the traditional scapegoat/source of all dysfunction.
Second, I can't argue against the male domination vs. female domination theme or make any comments about that aspect at this time, but I'm sure I'll pull something out later... Third, I don’t think the struggle for the affections of Leia are anything clsoe to the bizzarre love triangle between Luke, Han and Leia. Han is gatsby in the analysis, obviously but Luke… well Luke is more like a fanboy… obsessed with his new powers (of computer hacking skillz), his moped (x-wing), his short, round buddy with the speech impediment, a crusty Ben-gay user, a talking toad, his out-dated Dungeon and Dragons security blanket (lightsaber), and wearing brad, grungy robes and priest uniforms than he is in chasing Leia… if you were the Dark Lord of the Sith would you admit this guy was your son? I think not! Look, Han always had her, Luke never stood a chance. There was no struggle nad no question for Leia – at least there was no sign of it. “I guess you don’t know everything about women,” she quips. The only thing he didn’t know was to what ends women go to be in control. Was Daisy ever in control of Jay and Tom? Yeah, no.
You sir are a complete moron. I'm not even a Star Wars fan, but you're still sick, impotent **** that seems to see anything remotely long and pointy as a d*** and anything remotely round as a boob. You're a pathetic waste of porn loving flesh if this is ALL you have to say. Respectable critics don't spend their time writing about derogative dicks and boobs and offending people that took a simple bit of joy in watching something that's meant to be innocently entertaining. It's sick that people will talk utter trash and attempt to stomp on people's moments of happiness in this bleak, disgusting, sex-obssessed world. I'd tell you to get a life, but I think it'd be better if you did humanity a favor and threw yourself out a high window.
I never thought of starwars that way before. I completely agree. It is obvious that George Lukas is a sex deprived maniac. However you forgot to mention Lukes obvious Oedipus complex. In this case it isn't his desire to kill his father and sleep with his mother, but to kill his father and sleep with his sister.
The person who wrote this is obviously having a laugh. Not very funy, but the whole quote about how to destroy the death star was curiously close to the point this guys making. But, i have to say, your talking S**t my friend.
Who the hell do you think you are writing bullshit like that? I've never seen anything so disgusting and perverted i my entire life. You are a sick and twisted individual and should seek help. Star Wars is a fun family oriented movie. But you have took it and twisted it into a the most disgusting pornogracphic thing. How could you write something so disgusting about something that is so clean? You have a very twisted mind you sick f***. There is nothing in those movies that could be interpreted in such a sick way by any normal sane individual. You need help and i suggest that you seek it.
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