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Star Wars and Propp’s Narrative Structure

Task: here are some key actions from Propp’s narrative structure theory. Add what happens in Star Wars to match up to it.
Propp’s theory says...
PREPARATION

a community or family is in an
ordered state of being

COMPLICATION

the villain harms a member of
the hero’s family

In Star Wars...

the hero plans action against
the villain
TRANSFERENCE

the hero is given a magical gift
the hero arrives at the place he
can fulfil his quest

STRUGGLE

there is a struggle between the
hero and the villain

RETURN

the hero escapes
a task is set for the hero
the hero accomplishes the task

RECOGNITION

the hero is rewarded

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he is helped by Han the hero is rewarded Luke and Han are given medals for their part in destroying the Death Star TRANSFERENCE RECOGNITION © 2004 www. Add what happens in Star Wars to match up to it. The Empire have also kidnapped Princess Leia the hero plans action against the villain Luke agrees to travel with Obi-Wan to return plans to the Rebellion and therefore revenging himself against the Empire the hero is given a magical gift Obi-Wan gives Luke his father’s light sabre and tells him he must learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi the hero arrives at the place he can fulfil his quest After hiring Han Solo and Chewbacca.co.. PREPARATION a community or family is in an ordered state of being Luke is happy at home on the farm with his aunt and uncle.Star Wars and Propp’s Narrative Structure (Teacher’s copy) Task: here are some key actions from Propp’s narrative structure theory. although he would like to go to flying school. the Millennium Falcon is captured by the Empire STRUGGLE there is a struggle between the hero and the villain After a fight with the Empire Luke and Han rescue Leia. Leia... the Empire (under orders from Darth Vader) has killed Luke’s family. Propp’s theory says. They buy C3P0 and R2D2 COMPLICATION the villain harms a member of the hero’s family While meeting Obi-Wan. manages to destroy the Death Star. In Star Wars. with spiritual help from Obi-Wan and the Force. Chewie and the Droids with the Death Star plans escape and return to the rebel base a task is set for the hero Luke and the other pilots must destroy the Death Star before it is in range to destroy the rebel base the hero accomplishes the task Luke. they arrive at Alderaan but it has been destroyed by the Death Star. Han.uk 1051 Page 2 of 5 .. Obi-Wan fights Darth Vader but is ‘killed’ RETURN the hero escapes The Millennium Falcon with Luke.teachit.

By the end of the film....Star Wars and Propp’s Narrative Structure An analysis of the characters Each box is a paragraph of your essay.. The hero should.. Luke Skywalker – what he does that makes him the hero.. Remember to write in detail..co. how other devices contribute to what the audience thinks of her Leia is the.. The music. When the audience first see her...... This shows.... His costume is. The music. etc.. music. This is shown when Luke.. The Princess should.... Introduction to Star Wars the film and its background Star Wars: A New Hope was released in ... included are some sentence starters you may like to use but you can add your own or change these. how other devices contribute to what the audience thinks of him Darth Vader is the....uk 1051 Page 3 of 5 . This is shown when . By the end of the film.... His costume is... By the end of the film.teachit.. Audiences liked. It was directed and written by... This shows. camera angle.. The music.... Darth Vader – what he does that makes him the villain. Since 1977..) contribute to what the audience thinks of him Luke is the.... Princess Leia – what she does that makes her the Princess. The camera angle is... This shows.... When the audience first see him... © 2004 www.. When the audience first see him... how other devices (costume... The villain should... Her costume is.

. The dispatcher should...co.... also what makes us think he could be a false hero Han Solo is .... because.. Conclusion on how useful Propp’s theory is to understand the characters better Overall.....uk 1051 Page 4 of 5 .. He could also be the... it is useful to use Propp’s theory with Star Wars because.. He can also be the . When the audience first see him. Han Solo – what he does that makes him the helper.. This is shown when........ When the audience first see him. how other devices contribute to what the audience thinks of him... Helpers should. because.. © 2004 www... This is shown when.. By the end of the film.. This is shown when... how other devices contribute to what the audience thinks of them The Droids are. By the end of the film. how other devices contribute to what the audience thinks of him Obi-Wan can be thought of as the.teachit. By the end of the film.. The Droids – what they do that make them helpers.Star Wars and Propp’s Narrative Structure Obi-Wan Kenobe – what he does that makes him the donor and the dispatcher... When the audience first see them.

uk 1051 Page 5 of 5 .teachit.Star Wars and Propp’s Narrative Structure GCSE Media Essay .The characters in Star Wars NAME ROLE WHEN WE FIRST SEE THEM COSTUME MUSIC DURING THE FILM BY THE END ACTION Luke Skywalker Princess Leia Obi-Wan Kenobe Han Solo Darth Vader C3PO & R2D2 © 2004 www.co.