I'd like to analyse what it it is that makes STAR WARS such a great cultural phenomenon and underline its importance as an American cultural landmark.
It's a little absurd that they want us to show critical thinking in the work but at the same time we have to back every single idea with a citation, so I need sources, lots of them.
You can't know Star Wars without knowing George Lucas. If you don't know that George Lucas is a warmed-over U.S. '60's radical hippie who choose propaganda (with the art-house contemporaries he hung around, like Francis Ford Coppola) rather than "the streets", and never went underground as did the revolutionaries when "the streets" failed (and now have resurfaced inside American government & institutions to further their communism "revolution" as subversives), then you must read:
"January 18, 2012 - 'I’m a ’60s, West Coast, liberal, radical, artsy, dyed-in-the-wool 99 percenter before there was such a thing.' Said George Lucas, who has $3.2 billion."
"George Lucas Confirms It: The Star Wars We Loved Never Existed - Now everything is starting to come into clarity. Today is a bit like the day we learn that Santa Claus is your parents, socialism stops working when rich people’s money runs out, and a BA qualifies you for a $10 entry-level job that you could’ve gotten just out of high school."
"The Politics of Star Wars - ... It was the idea that we had a President [yesterday's Nixon, not today's Obama] who genuinely saw himself as not subject to the rule of law. “Imperialist Presidency” gets bandied around a lot by both sides of the political spectrum, but everyone was worried that Nixon was setting one up. And what did Lucas write against this backdrop? He wrote a story about a democracy that had become an Empire, with a ruler who (all together now) “dissolved the council permanently”."
"The truth is out there. You just have to know where to look." -The X-Files