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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Good vs. Evil

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Good vs. Evil

Odds are, you've felt the tug of good versus evil, clawing at your soul. Maybe it's that fifth slice of pizza. Maybe it's studying for your algebra final vs. watching seven more episodes of Veronica Mars. Whatever the conflict is, you've been torn between right and wrong.

In Return of the Jedi, Luke's soul is in all sorts of turmoil. The Force is strong in him, and he has to decide what to do with it: Should he follow Obi-Wan's teachings and embrace good and righteousness? Or, should he succumb to his daddy issues and follow The Emperor down to the Dark Side? Luke's choice between good and evil won't just plot the course of his own life, it'll determine the fate of the entire galaxy. No pressure, Luke.

Questions About Good vs. Evil

  1. Why does Obi-Wan think he failed Anakin? Is he right?
  2. What is Luke really fighting for: a cause or his dad?
  3. Do you think Darth Vader would've been able to turn Princess Leia to the Dark Side? Why or why not?
  4. How does The Emperor fit the mold of a classic movie villain? Start with a list of traits embodied by the villain archetype and go from there.

Chew on This

Luke's journey in Return of the Jedi shows that good and evil are choices, not destinies.

Darth Vader's death suggests that there's no such thing as a truly happy ending.

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