After viewing one of the films listed in the “Topic 1 Discussion Question Film Resource” from the topic materials, answer the following two questions. Before you post, change the title of the post to include the title of the movie you are discussing.
1. What is one worldview depicted in the movie?
2. Which character(s) held that worldview?
Provide at least two quotes or scene descriptions from the movie to defend your point.
Star Wars: A New Hope shows a worldview that includes a power or religion know as the force. The religion or power is held and believed by a few people in the galaxy. The power surrounds everything and influences everything. People with this worldview base decisions on feelings and assumptions about the Force. They have a set of assumptions they make through the teachings and a distinct commitment to this power. Darth Vader illustrates this by saying, “The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force” (Lucas, 1977). His quote shows his belief in this greater power that does not even compare to anything that can be constructed by humans. Darth Vader bases his decision to find, face, and fight Obi-Wan Kenobi based on his feelings of a tremor in the Force. Obi-Wan Kenobi has such a powerful commitment to his beliefs that he is willing to sacrifice his life for the greater good. He believes that once he dies, he will be able to better serve his purpose. Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Darth Vader, “You can’t win Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine” (Lucas, 1977). Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s belief in the force is so strong that he willingly sacrifices his life. He quits fighting Darth Vader and allows Darth Vader to cut him down.
Even though both characters hold the same worldview in reference to the force, they both have opposing views of this same power and use the same information to come to their viewpoints. While Obi-Wan Kenobi believes the Force is a power of peace, Darth Vader feels that the Force is about passion and power. Luke Skywalker is learning the ways of the force and trusts his mentor. He allows his beliefs and assumptions to drive his actions when he decides to join Obi-Wan on the trip to Alderaan. Luke Skywalker tells Obi-Wan Kenobi, “I want to learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi like my father” (Lucas, 1977). Although Luke loses his family, he is willing to leave his home, his friends, and his safety to pursue a different life based on the assumptions he makes with the limited information that is provided by Obi-Wan.
Lucas, G. (Director). (1977). Star War: Episode IV – A New Hope [Motion picture]. USA:
Twentieth Century Fox