Good and Evil in Star Wars

Amy H. Sturgis,

Release Date
December 13, 2016



Why do good people do bad things? There are many life lessons that can be learned from Star Wars. Dr. Amy H. Sturgis, a professor of intellectual history at Lenoir Rhyne University, gives a 1 minute lesson on the saga of good and evil in the films.

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One of the things I like best about the preparation for the Force Awakens is a questioning of how good people could have done bad things. For instance, in one of the novels preparing the way, Lost Stars, there’s an investigation of a young person who goes into Imperial service, and for a very long time justifies to herself what she sees being done. Of course there are a lot of things she doesn’t see being done, because Imperial propaganda isn’t just for the subjects, it’s also for the people who are serving the Empire.
The evil regimes aren’t necessarily staffed all the way down by evil people. In some ways those people are also a victim. Yoda says, “Only for the defense do you fight.” Yet, we see Yoda bringing in the Clones at the front of an army on the attack. At one point does the enemy win when you change so much in order to combat it?
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