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Check Out the Latest Installment of ‘Studying Skywalkers’ by CWK Co-host Dan Z

Check Out the Latest Installment of ‘Studying Skywalkers’ by CWK Co-host Dan Z

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In the latest entry in his “Studying Skywalkers” series for the official Star Wars blog, Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z examines the meaning of weather in the galaxy far, far away.

You can read an excerpt below:

One of my favorite features of the new Star Wars app is the weather option. By clicking on this feature, you are instantly transported to the world of Star Wars, where the story of your day is told. The weather will affect your mood and may help navigate the course of your emotions. This is also a great literary tool with some real history behind it.

From William Shakespeare to Edgar Allen Poe to Mark Twain, weather has long been a literary device which reinforces our understanding of characters and events during integral plot points. What the reader or viewer gleans from the weather often is a reflection of the inner conflict of the heroes and villains.

Intrigued? You can read the rest of this installment on StarWars.com.

Find previous entries in Dan’s “Studying Skywalkers” series here.

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  1. Melinda
    September 1, 2015 at 10:47 Reply

    I just read your article, Dan, and it was great! 🙂 Any fan of cinema is aware of the vehicles used to depict what is going on in a story. Sometimes weather can be overused (or seem to be overused), but it certainly helps get the point across.

    What I like about the way weather and environments are used in Star Wars is that they are a bit more subtle, at least to me. The raging storm on Mustafar set as the backdrop of what Anakin/Darth Vader and Obi-Wan are going through is a great twist on “weather” (I would not call lava a result of weather, but it’s used well in this scenario.).

    Regarding Dagobah — I agree with your conclusion of the planet’s fogginess and murkiness and how they relate to what Luke is going through. However, I always have thought of the planet as being so lush (because of all the moisture) that there is a great deal of growth … and tying that to the growth Luke goes through under Yoda’s tutelage. The Rebel hero is not done with his training by the time he leaves Dagobah, but as he points out, he has learned a great deal. 🙂

    As always, I enjoy reading your essays over at starwars.com. They always add new insight to what I know about the Saga. Thank you very much!

    MTFBWY 🙂

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