Comparison essay between William Golding's novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" and George Lucas's film "-Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back"

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The relevancy of the sub-topic #1 to the analysis is how Harper Lee explores the concept of racism in the legal system and the upbringing of children and how Scout and the children learn from Atticus. These notions are shown as one of the main patriarchs, Atticus Finch.

The first area of discussion is how Atticus shows his children a principled path through life, and through his court case, he reinforces these philosophies. Some references are when Atticus teaches Scout how to be more reflective. The second area of discussion is when we learn how important education is to Atticus and his children in the first chapter. Some references are in chapter 1 Jem announces to Dill that Scout has known how to read since she was a baby. Atticus reads to the children from newspapers and magazines as if they are adults who can understand issues at his level.

By the time Scout attends her first day of school she is highly literate, far surpassing the other children in the classroom and frustrating her teacher whose task is to teach her students according to a predetermined plan.

The final area of discussion is how we can learn why Atticus believes education is so important. During his closing arguments Atticus explicitly acknowledges the ignorance blinding people's minds and hearts. Education is the key to unlocking the ignorance that causes such an influence. Jem begins to understand this lesson toward the end of the book when he wonders whether family status could be based on education than on bloodlines.

The relevancy of the second sup-topic to the analysis is the leadership and survival techniques Ralph brings to his tribe and the boys. The first area of discussion happens right off the bat, at the beginning of the novel in chapter 1 when Ralph steps up and takes charge of things. He tries to organize everything and keep everyone calm. Piggy helps maintain everything that Ralph does. Some references are in chapter 1 Ralph, along with Piggy, believe strongly in the idea the boys' rescue is most important. Right away Piggy tries to make sense of their chaotic situation, telling Ralph they need to hold a meeting and make a list of every boys' name. Ralph mentions that his dad was a commander in the Navy. Golding describes Ralph's feelings of independence, narrating.

The first area of discussion is how Ralph continues to try and keep a controlled and civilized group in order to teach the boys how to live properly and survive like it was back at home. Some references are in chapter 2 concrete rules are established for the children by Ralph: no one speaks unless they have the conch. The arrangement of the boys on the beach reflects something of a government meeting, carefully partitioned off into groups.

The final area of discussion is how much of an influence Ralph is to Piggy and how a healthy relationship does well. How Ralph and Jack are total opposites. Some references are throughout the novel Piggy follows Ralph and really listens to what he says and does. Piggy has a lot of good suggestions that he may have learned from Ralph. Ralph wants the island to be civilized. He believes in peace and freedom. Whereas Jack believes in salvagery, every man for themselves.

The first area of discussion is the Jedi training Luke receives from Jedi master Yoda. Some references are when on Dagobah, with Yoda Luke tries learning the ways of the force, he tries to meditate, stay calm, and later on tries to make his fighter plane levitate. Luke has a hard time from the force but Yoda pushes him and says the key is to believe in yourself. Yoda gives Luke some valuable information and later on Luke begins thinking about Darth Vadar, and how he killed his father. Luke wants Vadar killed.

The final area of discussion is the battle between good and evil. Some references are when near the end of the film Han Solo is captured and Luke and his team set out to find him. Luke finds Solo captured far away but then is trapped. Luke's friend that led him to the location set him up. The droids, Han Solo, and Princess Leia escape but Luke is left by himself. Luke is then confronted by the evil Darth Vadar. They end up dueling with their light sabers and they end up standing on a narrow platform high in the sky. While fighting, Vadar cuts off Luke's sword hand. With Luke defenseless hanging off the edge Vadar states that he is Luke's father. Luke screams in denial. Vadar then tries to persuade Luke in to joining the Dark Side with him and rueling the galaxy together, Luke refuses then lets go off the edge and falls into an air vent escaping in the Millennium Falcon with Solo and Leia.