Star Wars

‘The broken globe’; by Henry Kreisel tells the story of a father and a son torn apart by their differing views of the world.

Another story which I feel parallels this story in certain aspects is the 1977 classic ‘Star Wars’; by George Lucas. In Star Wars, Luke Skywalker, a young farmboy on a backwater world, receives a lightsabre from Obi Wan Kenobi, this inspires an urge to leave his world and learn to be a Jedi. One of the conflicts Luke must face is his Uncle Owen who wishes him to stay on his world and be a farmer. When Luke finally does leave he becomes very successful.

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Luke Skywalker lived on the small backwater world of Tatoonie with his Aunt Beru and his Uncle Owen. Lukes desire to leave is instigated by Obi Wan Kenobi a old friend of his father he never knew. Luke is given a lightsabre which once belonged to his father. When Luke receives this and learns of his Jedi potential he desires to leave and learn to be a Jedi. This is not unlike Nick Solchuk who also wants to leave his small town of Three Bear Hills, Alberta. He is raised by his father in an old fashion way, much like Luke. Nicks desire to leave is first aroused by a teacher, Joan McKenzie.

She taught him of how the earth is round not flat like his father believes. This starts the conflict between father and son.I believe another thing that both stories have in common is Luke’s Uncle and Mr.

Solchuk’s beliefs that they should stay at their homes and live simple lives like they did. Luke’s Uncle believe Luke should stay on Tatoonie and be a farmer like himself, he also worries that if Luke begins to learn to be a Jedi that he will turn to the darkside and become evil like his father, Darth Vader. Mr. Solchuk believed Nick should also stay and farm the land like he has all his life. Mr.

Solchuk also believed that Nicks beliefs of the world being round were evil and it was a sin to believe in this. Nick left his town against his fathers will and fulfilled his dream. Luke also left his world, but, Luke’s Aunt and Uncle were killed by Imperial troops, this also gave Luke a reason to leave and fight the Imperials to avenge his families deathWhen Nick left his town he went on to be the only person from Three Bear Hills to go to university and he became a very successful geophysicist. When he sent the narrator to go see his father and send greetings to him, the father sent greetings back, this showed a kind of forgiveness on the part of Mr. Solchuk. Luke also went on to become a successful pilot like he had always dreamed, he also destroyed the death star and put an end to the Imperials. Luke however could not receive forgiveness from his Uncle because he was killed.

I think that both these stories are closely related in their story lines because of how: both Nick and Luke desired to leave their homes, their parents disapproved of their dreams and they both became successful when they did leave.