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Classical mythology has had a tremendous impact on modern culture The ongoing use of Troy in popular culture bears witness to the continually living tradition of Troy stories not only in the literary culture but also in the popular culture of contemporary America The Star Wars trilogy contains quite a number of borrowings from classical mythology particularly in the area of its characters Luke Skywalker is very much an Orpheus type figure The mythological Orpheus was incredibly gifted musically and could use his talents to win peoples favor and communicate with animals Luke is gifted with The Force--an invisible field that binds the world around him together By controlling this he is also able to win the favor of others Like Orpheus Luke is also very emotionally vulnerable Luke is similar to Theseus as well Being a young farm boy at the start and eventually becoming a Jedi Luke has many parallels with initiation myths The Theseus and the Minotaur story fit this especially When Theseus embarks to Knossos it is to save Athens youth from continually being sacrificed to the Minotaur As the story develops we see Theseus grow from a boy to a man In comparison Luke embarks to the Dagoba System in The Empire Strikes Back a brash and aggressive young man and is trained by Yoda to become a Jedi Knight Part of his training involves entering a cave as a test He however fails the test due to taking his weapons with him The two stories do end differently but there are still many of the same concepts involving growing up Han Solo is the Odysseus figure of the trilogy Noted for his rough outwardly appearance Odysseus is actually a great leader and diplomat as well as a cunning thinker Han Solo dresses roughly and talks tough yet he proves to be a valuable thinker In Return of the Jedi he also proves to be a good General If one
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