Bibeln: En Star Wars Saga : En hermeneutisk tolkning av kristna inslag inom Star Wars

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Karlstads universitet/Fakulteten för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap (from 2013)

Sammanfattning: Religious elements are not uncommon in the field of popular culture, especially regarding movies, and the Star Wars series have implemented all sorts of different religious themes and religious symbolisms, almost as a sort of religious melting pot. This work, however, seeks to isolate and focus on a singular religious tradition. This essay aims to examine if, and what kinds of Christian elements are present in the first Star Wars trilogy. To determine what kind of religious and Christian elements that are present in the source material, which consist of the three original Star Wars films, episode IV through VI. The films were analyzed by using a hermeneutic theory and method, which would allow an interpretation of elements in the films which later could be considered religious and directly Christian, by connecting them to direct and indirect connotations in the Bible and Christian theology like that of Martin Luther. The results of the analysis show a few different kinds of Christian elements to be found in the first three movies. The results consist of: Names and symbols, Christian thematic in scenes and three overarching themes, salvation, Luke Skywalker as a messiah’s character, and different interpretations of the Force. An example of the results is regarding Martin Luther and sola fide and how that connection can be made to Star Wars. In the scene where this connection is made, we see our protagonist Luke Skywalker, using faith, and faith alone do destroy the Death Star, thereby redeeming not only himself but also the rebel alliance, which in turn can be likened as a symbol for the resurrection of Christ.

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