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explaining-filmRyan Kerr‘s site Explaining Film features essays comparing film to classic literature. Here is an excerpt from his piece titled “The Extreme Settings of the Original Star Wars Trilogy”:

The first extreme setting we encounter in Star Wars is Tatooine, Luke’s home planet in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Tatooine is entirely composed of a desert landscape. Tatooine, with the exception of a few villages and a few farms, is lifeless and barren, contributing to a feeling of death as well as a loss of spontaneity and excitement. We definitely see this lack of excitement in a much more noticeable way when Luke complains about having to stay on his family’s farm while his friends are fighting in the rebellion. So, Tatooine’s “dead” landscape corresponds with Luke’s feelings that his existence is at a dull “dead end.”

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