The Star Wars Heresies

Interpreting the Themes, Symbols and Philosophies of Episodes I, II and III


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About the Book

Despite the insatiable public appetite for all things Star Wars, the more analytical side of the saga is all too often ignored. This book offers a new way of seeing George Lucas’ space opera—particularly the prequel trilogy, a series never given a fair chance because of constant comparisons to the iconic originals.
In the classic style of Joseph Campbell, the trilogy is viewed through the lens of myth and metaphor, revealing a body of work not only worthy of scholarly study but perhaps destined to find therein its home. A wide variety of philosophical and mythological themes are presented and expounded upon, drawing from a rich source of scholars, thinkers, writers, and poets from East and West alike. Heretical or not, the Star Wars prequels are a surprisingly rich source of insight into the saga—as well as the human drama—as a whole.

About the Author(s)

Paul F. McDonald has had articles and essays published by, The Forcecast,, SciFi Dimensions, and has his own popular blog, The Star Wars Heresies. He lives in Snellville, Georgia.

Bibliographic Details

Paul F. McDonald
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7181-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0345-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface: The Heresy 1
Introduction: The Living Force 7
Part One : The Phantom Menace
1. The Symbiosis 11
2. The Master 18
3. The Queen 26
4. The Slave 33
5. The Padawan 39
6. The Council 44
7. The Politician 49
8. The Mother 55
9. The Fool 60
Part Two : Attack of the Clones
10. The Love 67
11. The Teacher 75
12. The Learner 83
13. The Senator 91
14. The Hunter 99
15. The Count 105
16. The Separatists 112
17. The Chancellor 118
18. The Sages 125
Part Three : Revenge of the Sith
19. The Fall 131
20. The Hero 137
21. The Negotiator 145
22. The Goddess 153
23. The Elders 160
24. The Clones 167
25. The General 172
26. The Emperor 178
27. The Villain 185
Afterword: The Maker 192
Chapter Notes 195
Bibliography 209
Index 211

Book Reviews & Awards

“extremely interesting, informative, and satisfying…you are going to love this book. I could not recommend it more to you”—Bookgasm; “an interesting trip into modern myth-making, both entertaining and intriguing”—ProtoView.