CLAS-230 Star Wars and Classical Mythology

An examination of the "Star Wars" series in the context of the myths of ancient Greece and Rome. Particular focus will be placed on the hero journey.

Some of the questions addressed in this course include: What are the characteristics of a mythic hero? How does one become a hero? How are modern heroes different from ancient ones? What is the hero journey? Who is the real hero in "Star Wars," Luke Skywalker or Anakin Skywalker?