The Hidden Meanings of Kids' Movies


Being a part of TEDxBeaconStreet was extraordinary. I particularly loved how the organizers tried to capture the multigenerational energy of Brookline and Cambridge. Talks and activities designed for young people during part of the day, and the other part packed with the intellect and research and creativity that overflow in this corner of the Boston area.

There are going to be a ton of amazing field trips called Adventures throughout the year--access to parts of the city you won't get anywhere else. If you're a Boston buff, definitely register or like them on Facebook to get more information.

You can read my little profile at their site. Lots more talks to come. Also a duet with cello and beatbox.


    the Return of the Jedi lesson for little boys

    The Compassion of Vader

    Luke gives Compassion to Vader, Vader has Compassion for Luke and again Luke shows Compassion for Vader as Vader is dying.

    STAR WARS teaches little boys and grown men as well that compassion can win over hatred and anger.

    In the final act Luke feels compassion for Darth Vader, who he now knows is his father.

    He starts by giving Vader a chance to free him and run away with him to join the rebel alliance. This happen on the Planet (moon) where the Ewoks live. On Endor, Luke surrenders to Vader in an attempt to bring the Dark Lord back to the good side, but he ultimately becomes a prisoner of The Emperor on the half-completed second Death Star.

    NEXT: Luke manages to keep emotional control, much to the frustration of his enemies. However, that control is lost when Vader senses telepathically the existence of Luke's sister and threatens to concentrate on corrupting her instead. Luke loses his temper at this threat and attacks his father with full fury, but just manages to regain control before killing him. At the realization that he is able to control himself in the face of the most profound provocation, Luke declares himself a Jedi as his father was before him.

    In defiance, the Emperor unleashes Force lightning against Luke in an attempt to kill the young Jedi.

    VADER: Seeing his son wounded, compassion and love finally melts Vader's heart, and in an act of self-sacrifice, Anakin Skywalker re-emerges to destroy the Emperor once and for all.

    Finally, LUKE: On the deteriorating Death Star, at the foot of Vader's shuttle, Luke removes the former Vader's mask and looks upon his father's eyes for the first and only time before Anakin becomes one with the Force
    It is Vader that requests Luke take off his mask and with a sound of sympathy in his voice Luke says "But if I take your mask off you will die."
    Vader has gone from the scariest villain in the universe to an adult son's helpless and dying old father. Luke sets an honorable example of not kicking the old man when he is down, but showing sympathy, care and compassion for him.


  2. The real lesson is you have to want to see the positive side of "Boy's Movies" and realize that it's not a bad thing that they are written for boys. That gives the author a chance to reach boys and give them positive role models.
    Meanwhile huge numbers of girls and young women are Star Wars fans. It has its flaws for sure, but Star Wars has good role models for Boys and Girls alike, You just have to want to see them. They are there.

  3. By the way, I couldn't figure out how to get back into this blog with my old blooger i.d.
    this time round.

    I am actually "Art-Science-Education"

    ~ William F. Discher

  4. We watched this TED Talk in my class the other day because we are discussing representation in popular culture. This, I think, is a perfect example of what we are aiming towards in class. This idea of women playing the dominant roles has flourished a great deal overtime.

  5. I think that this is interseting to me. I've never thought about these movies this way. I like how theres a test for if women are represented the right way. Why is there so much violence?


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