Luke, The US Will Be With You, Always
Updated on November 2, 2008, 2:13 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Is it possible that Luke Skywalker represents the United States of America in the first installment of the Star Wars movies? The people of the US were tired of the corruption in their government, and its failure to do anything to fix it. "The Clone Wars" in the Star Wars universe represents two different conflicts that the United States fought in to battle the spread of Communism on the planet Earth. Those conflicts, Korea and Vietnam, were part of American's recent memory at the time of the first Star Wars release, especially Vietnam, and lent to the suspended belief that Luke represented them.
Luke talks about the rebellion but feels there's nothing he can do to aid it in its fight against the Empire, which represents the Communist regime of the USSR, and whines about never being able to get out of his dead-end life as a moister farmer. His answer comes in the form of two droids carrying a distress call from Princess Leia, whose part of the Rebel Alliance, intended for Obi-Wan Kenobi. The American people's answer came in the form of viewing first hand corruption in its highest power at Watergate, which propelled them to cry out for change. The change didn't come quickly but, in its own way, it managed to prove the infallibility of the young United States that was policing the world. Maybe the Empire was in some way the United States then, and Luke Skywalker was supposed to be rebelling against the atrocities being committed by those in power, to which the American people needed to rebel against.
The major turning point in Luke's decision to accompany Obi-Wan and the droids to Alderaan is the death of his aunt and uncle by the faceless Stormtroopers, who we've now learned stemmed from the Clone Troopers of the Clone Wars. The American people didn't have as major of a turning point to make them decide to push for change in their government because Nixon left office and a new political party took over. They were angry because Ford pardoned Nixon and allowed him to get away with his crimes, but that's not the same as Luke losing his aunt an uncle.
Luke represents the American people because he goes from sitting around complaining about what is happening in his universe, but not doing anything about it, to becoming an active member in a group determined to restore the former glory, and as well bring new and improved politics, to his universe. This of course meant fighting against the evil Empire that had taken over, and in terms of the American people it meant taking an active part in their democratic rights, which included protests and rallies. It also meant that besides working to improve their own country, Americans were going work hard to improve the rest of the world as well, and that meant in a lot of ways to work to offset the spread of Communism.
Were the actions of America's people correct? History has proven that some of their decisions were for the better, while some of their others lead to further disaster and war (I'm referring to Al Queda and 9/11, because it was America who assisted in the groups fight against the Soviets). We've only seen to the victory of the Rebellion on the Star Wars saga, and Lucas has only shown what came before, but it is possible that one day Lucas will let us see Episodes 7, 8, and 9. When that day comes we will be able to see whether Luke's efforts were worth it.
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