Theory Wars

When I view Star Wars: A New Hope through the lenses, the one that I think is important to a better understanding of the film is the Social Power lens. I believe this because the setting and plot of the movie are based on a rebellion against the government (the Imperials). Most rebellions and revolutions happen because of a certain class not liking how they are being treated and wanting a change. The rebels in the movie dislike the Empire, so they fight for political power. I believe to understand the most about Star Wars with one lens, you need to dig deeper into the plot and setting with the Social power lens. I didn’t notice how similar the conflict in this movie is to any other Revolution. In the American Revolution, the colonists didn’t like how they were being treated, so they rebelled and even though they had lesser military power, they outsmarted the British and saved their land. Even though the rebels had lesser military power, they outsmarted the Empire and saved their planet. Another thing I didn’t notice is, if the rebels win the war, will all of the rebels get what their fighting for? The rebels in the film are fighting because they feel mistreated by the Empire, but are the leaders of the rebels going to mistreat the lower class rebels? Princess Leia is at a much higher class than a worker of the rebels, she may even fall down the same road as the Empire and not respect the lower class rebels. The last thing I noticed from the film is that the rebels are not so much different than the Empire and they’re really only fighting for themselves. The Empire wanted to destroy the rebel base with the Death Star, but the rebels were able to destroy the weapon before it could be used. The rebels killed lots of people by doing this, and I don’t think that all of the deaths were of Imperial soldiers. There must’ve been innocents or other people not wishing to kill rebels but to work for the Death Star, such as janitors, engineers, prisoners or chefs. The rebels killed these people without even trying to think of a diplomatic solution. Also, the rest of the galaxy doesn’t care much for the rebels. They are living by the Empire’s laws and an overall peace is achieved this way. The rebels are the ones causing the war and the violence. Therefore, I see that this film might be about the Empire trying to make peace throughout the galaxy. Violence is a way to peace. Since the Empire believes in violence and has the resources to wipe-out anyone who opposes them, they might be using this power for the greater good of the galaxy.

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