People of Inspiration

These characters are people of inspiration because not only are they an important part of our culture, but also a message to stand against tyranny. They represent most kids childhoods, if they had a good one, and we all love remembering the adventures they had and the enemies they defeated. I think we all remember how satisfying the death star blew up not once but twiice, and how sad we were when Kwi Gon Jinn was killed by Darth Maul.

Our heroes stood up for what they believed and that was taking down the tryanical empire. In my opinion Obi Wan has been the most influential character in Star Wars because he has been in most of the Star Wars movies and was there when the empire started their reign. Anakin has also been there for a while, and even when he was Darth Vader he realized his mistake and took down Lord Sidious himself at the cost of his own life. Luke was our first hero of this story because episode 4 came out first, and everyone from that time period are nostalgic about the character. Han Solo is great, not just as an actor, but also a character. He was originally the galaxy's greatest smuggler and changed his ways to fight for what's right. Each of these characters made a difference and together took down the empire.

George Lucas's science fiction multi-film Star Wars saga has had a significant impact on modern popular culture. Star Wars references are deeply embedded in popular culture; references to the main characters and themes of Star Wars are casually made in many English-speaking countries with the assumption that others will understand the reference. Darth Vader has become an iconic villain, while characters such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Chewbacca have all become widely recognised characters around the world. Phrases like "evil empire", "May the Force be with you", and most famously "I am your father" have become part of the popular lexicon. The first Star Wars film in 1977 was a cultural unifier, enjoyed by a wide spectrum of people.

Star Wars fundamentally changed the aesthetics and narratives of Hollywood films, switching the focus of Hollywood-made films from deep, meaningful stories based on dramatic conflict, themes and irony to sprawling special-effects-laden blockbusters, as well as changing the Hollywood film industry in fundamental ways. Before Star Wars, special effects in films had not appreciably advanced since the 1950s. Star Wars was also important in the movement towards the use of computer-generated imagery in films. The commercial success of Star Wars created a boom in state-of-the-art special effects in the late 1970s. There was increased investment in special effects. Companies like Industrial Light & Magic and Digital Productions were created to provide them. The 1977 Star Wars pioneered the genre pastiche, where several classic film genres are combined in one film. In Star Wars, the genres were science fiction, the Western, the war film, and the quasi-mystical epic. Along with Jaws, Star Wars started the tradition of the summer blockbuster film in the entertainment industry, where films open on many screens at the same time and profitable franchises are important. It created the model for the major film trilogy and showed that merchandising rights on a film could generate more money than the film itself did.