The adventure of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars follows the stages of
Campbell’s heroic journey. Luke, a farm boy from Tatooine’s the backwater
planet, is pulled from the insignificance into an adventure world when two
unusual robots appear in his life carrying a rescue message from Princess Leia.
With the help of a mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke receives a mysterious knowledge
of the Force, recruits new companions, Han Solo and Chewbacca, and crosses the
galaxy to save the princess.
As the story of Star Wars begins, a battle in space
filled the Tatooine planet with the evil power of darkness (the Galactic
Empire) constantly pursuing good force (Rebel Alliance).
Luke’s life is transformed when his uncle buys the
C-3PO and R2-D2 Droids, who was carrying the Princess’s plea for help. Their
appearance alerts the beginning of the mission that allows Luke to discover his
accuracy and destiny. When he sees the hologram of the message contained in R2,
he is attracted to a mission to rescue the princess and finally save the
For Luke, his path from the temporal world to the
spiritual has been blocked by the Tusken Raiders at first. However, it can be
argued that Owen was also a guardian, because he was trying to prevent Luke
from starting his mission, knowing the path Luke could take; The same path with
his father, who was killed by Darth Vader.
Like the other reluctant heroes, Luke refuses Ben’s
call. However, the death of Owen and Aunt Beru put Luca on a situation which is
no way to going back. At first, Luke finds that he cannot proceed the adventure
without supernatural aid. He tried to refuse his difficult task until the mentor
shows him the way. Master Obi-Wan has completed this role for Luke, giving him
advice, training the Jedi, and the mysterious knowledge of the Force he will
need in his adventures. The path ahead will contain many obstacles to test his heroic
skills and courage, but with the help of Obi-Wan, Luke takes on the challenges.
In mythology, the mentor often gives the hero an
object with the magical power to protect and help him on his chosen path. In
this case, Obi-Wan gives Luke his father’s lightsaber. By accepting this
magical sword, Luke continues his father’s Jedi legacy. This is a powerful weapon
which inspired him to take the first step on his path to become a Jedi Knight.
In order to make the journey, the hero needs a vehicle
and mates. This applies to Luke, which is the Millennium Falcon and Han Solo
and Chewbacca. Mos Eisley’s space station is considered Luke’s first threshold
to the adventure. Here he encounters a danger but he also finds the hero
partner, Han Solo, a pirate/smuggler, also the captain of the Millennium Falcon,
and his loyal first mate, Chewbacca. Han Solo and Chewbacca will be the courageous
and valuable allies as Luke continues his journey.
In most of the popular fairy tales, there is always a
miserable girl and Star Wars is no different. In the case of Star Wars, the
medieval form of the monster, the dragon, is the death star. When Luke and his
partners realize that the princess is being imprisoned in the Death Star, like
the traditional knights, Han and Luke don armor, stole from the stormtroopers,
to accomplish their first heroic action is to rescue the princess Leia.