She is de Winter of this Content

She is de Winter of this Content

Rebecca de Mornay’s extraordinary character, Sabine, is the one exception to the two-dimensional tropes which embody the other female characters. She is the only woman in the film with real purpose, or character, since she has actual reason to behave the way she does, and perhaps because of her prominence in the Dumas novel, is an important part of the overarching narrative.

Oedipus the Jedi

Oedipus the Jedi

Luke Skywalker’s inherent curiosity about, and eventual fear of, his father are poignantly linked throughout The Empire Strikes Back. Curiosity and fear are in this sense marked as a significant symbolic duality – just as Vader might be seen as a Jungian Shadow of Luke, an ‘inner demon' which stands against and opposite other parts of the self, yet another amalgam of curiosity and fear.