Battling the Dark Side: Star Wars and Popular Understandings of Evil

Bruce David Forbes

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1999

Issue: God and Evil (Vol. 19, No 4, Fall, 1999)

In the American monomyth, evil tends to be external, people are either good or evil, and redemptive violence is offered as the solution. The later Star Wars movies, however, represent a tension between American popular culture's dominant assumptions about evil and counter-themes that recognize ambiguity and the hope for transformation instead of destruction.

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