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One of the most memorable moments for many students will occur when they see Star Wars The Phantom Menace the first part of a prequel trilogy to the beloved Star Wars trilogy The original three films Star Wars A New Hope The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi have embedded themselves in our current culture The Force composer John Williams famous soundtrack and lines such as Luke I am your fatherwhich is never said in any of the movies have become common in present day culture But the Star Wars trilogy also contains a deeper theme that is not unique to the current time period In George Lucass Star Wars Trilogy as well in Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness the contrast between good and evil is conveyed through the optical symbolic differences of black and white The planet Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back and the Congo in Heart of Darkness are very symbolically similar The Rebel Alliance has a base on the ice planet of Hoth The Rebel Alliance stands for good as do the snow and ice that cover Hoth hence a society of good stationed on a good planet But the Galactic Empire or pure evil soon attacks and overtakes Hoth This situation on Hoth is similar to the white assimilationist techniques used in the dark African Congo The white man evil attempts to assimilate the Congo or goodness Thus both Hoth and the Congo and their assimilations however successful typify the conquests of evil over good The clothing of Luke Skywalker across the whole Star Wars Trilogy and of Marlow across his trek into the jungle symbolize mans journey of self-realization In the very beginning of Star Wars Luke wears a robe of white For practical purposes the robe should be white because then it will reflect the most sunlight away on the planet of Tatooine but the white color of the robe also stands for Lukes pure goodness
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