To get a real background on what Lucas is doing, one should check out Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces. And if one follow's Campbell's script, one would see how Lucas used the same format as in any other myth. The Crisis, the hero, the journey, the near death experience, the resurrection, redemption, and triumph. THe same happens here. Lucas flips it however and gives us a story then gives us the background.
Billie Wheelz and I discuss myths in every conversation we have. we discuss the significance, relevancy, and the reproduction of it. Let's admit it, Lucas has created a genuine American myth based on other stories. We can't front, that's dope. I would prefer he put it on paper first but oh well.
My man Pharoan let me watch this joint: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. Its now on DvD. It's very academic but mad jewels on it. So if you can fathom reading Campbell's 600 page tome, this is good too.
I know we have brought this up before, but its interesting to look at it from that perspective...