Monday's segment ended with Luke "gazing at the horizon, yearning for who knows what" as he considers Obi-Wan's radical offer to come with him to learn the ways of the Force—and take his first step toward becoming a Jedi knight. But Luke is unconvinced about the eccentric old man's "damn fool idealistic crusade," when suddenly comes "this chance, out of nowhere, for more adventure and life than Luke ever imagined." That's where we pick up the story …
There is the strange droid Luke's uncle buys; the meeting with Obi-Wan and the secret message from a captive princess; Obi-Wan's history and his own father's history; the strange potent something called the Force (the audience has already seen it operate in Obi-Wan's healing of Luke and Darth Vader's vengeance on a skeptic of its powers); and the possibility of leaving home to become, of all things, a "knight." That's a lot of news for a young fellow on an ordinary morning on Tatooine to absorb, and Luke is understandably wary. But, whatever reasons he has for his reluctance to follow Obi-Wan, they disappear when he returns home to find his aunt and uncle slain by the storm troopers of the Empire, who have tracked the escaped droid R2-D2 to this planet. Now nothing remains for Luke where he has grown up. Perhaps seeking revenge for the destruction of his home, Luke decides to ally himself with crazy Obi-Wan Kenobi.
So begins Luke Skywalker's long struggle: it is on one level a splendid martial contest, with light sabers and star fighters and plain old guts, but that is not nearly the half of it, as the audience soon discovers. For the rest of the film Luke will roam the cosmos, suffer many close calls, and meet a host of new friends; but no part of his experience ...1
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Star Wars Spirituality: Part 2
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