What Path Did You Follow on Star Wars Day!
The fact that Star Wars is widely regarded as a modern myth is no accident. George Lucas was inspired by Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces. In it, Joseph Campbell expands on Jungian "archetypes" and uses them as a road map to understand all myth and religion.
According to Campbell, all these stories are expressions of the same story pattern which he referred to as the Hero's Journey.
The Hero's Journey gave George Lucas, whose space opera script was spiraling out of control, the necessary focus he needed to complete the story he was telling.
Today, the Hero's Journey, and the struggle between the light and the dark continues with the journeys of Rey and Ren taking up their respective mantles.