"It's not the Jedi way!": Moral ambivalence and delivering the 'good' in Star Wars

Deagon, Alex (2013) "It's not the Jedi way!": Moral ambivalence and delivering the 'good' in Star Wars. In Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia Interpellations Conference, 5 - 7 December 2013, Australian National University, Canberra, A.C.T. (Unpublished)


This article examines the nature of good and evil through the prism of Star Wars, arguing that the ostensible dichotomy between the ‘good’ Jedi and the ‘evil’ Sith is false, and instead both the Jedi and the Sith engage in violence, which is evil. Anakin Skywalker then arrives as the Christ-figure who becomes evil and ‘dies’ to destroy the old rigid law of the letter adhered to by the Jedi, before resurrecting and sacrificing himself to defeat the Sith transgressors. As Milbank argues, the act of selfless love by Anakin as the Christ-figure therefore produces the good, the end of violent conflict which is ontological peace, and institutes the law of love which leads to life and peace.

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ID Code: 93772
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 16 Mar 2016 00:57
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 15:19

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