Nerd Alert, But Let's Talk About Rey from 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Nerd Alert, But Let's Talk About Rey from 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Why Rey from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" isn't related to anyone major from the Star Wars franchise.

Once again, this week's article is about the wonderful world of Star Wars, but this time, it's not about R2D2, but instead, about one of the amazing feminist icons of the Star Wars universe, Rey, the protagonist of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

We are first introduced to Rey on the desolate planet of Jakku, where she scavenges in order to trade her findings for rations. She appears to be a normal resident, but we soon learn that she is much more than she appears to be at first glance. We learn throughout the course of the movie that she is very resourceful, and is able to use the Force to her advantage without any kind of training. She becomes the protagonist of the movie and a feminist icon within the Star Wars franchise. But one question still has yet to be answered by the Star Wars franchise: who is Rey’s family? And where are they now?

The most popular theory is the “Obi-Wan Theory,” which implies that Rey is most likely a direct descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the deceased teacher of Luke Skywalker. The theory draws this conclusion from several different points across the movies, but specifically, from two distinct scenes within the 2015 movie.

At one point, Rey discovers Luke’s abandoned lightsaber in the storage rooms of Maz Kanata’s bar, a former pirate, and long-time friend of Han Solo. Rey hears the lightsaber calling to her and goes down into the depths of the bar in order to see what exactly she is hearing. From the moment she touches the lightsaber, the Force gives her visions of her past, and the future to come. Within this vision, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s voice is clearly heard coming through to speak to Rey, which leads many to believe that she is a direct descendant of the fallen Jedi.

Another scene that leads many to believe that Rey is a descendant of Obi-Wan is the scene involving Daniel Craig’s Stormtrooper, where Rey uses the force in order to convince a Stormtrooper, played by Daniel Craig, to release her from her restraints. The only time we have ever seen the Force used in this manner is in the original Star Wars movie, where Obi-Wan Kenobi famously delivers his line to a group of Stormtroopers, saying, “These are not the droid’s you’re looking for.”

This is yet another reason that many people think Rey is a descendant of Obi-Wan.

Whether or not this theory holds any kind of weight within the world of Star Wars, my argument stands as this: Rey is someone who isn’t related to any of the characters from the original movies, and here’s why.

Throughout the movies, we are always reminded that the Force surrounds everyone and everything, and many people throughout the galaxies are able to reach out and sense the Force, if not use it. In the 2015 movie, Maz Kanata tells Rey to close her eyes, and the Force will act as her guide throughout troubled times.

Maz Kanata is in no way a part of the Jedi Order, or related to any of the known Jedi within the movies we have seen, and so we are definitively able to say that individuals outside of the Jedi Order, and without any relation to those within it are able to feel the Force around them, even if it does take some practice.

We have also seen that sensitivity to the Force is intensified in moments of emotional distress or serious duress. This is shown in several battles over the course of the franchise, and within Luke’s training with Yoda in the original trilogies. We even see it throughout Rey’s screen time, when she is under intense moments of duress. Its demonstrated specifically within her two showdowns with Kylo Ren, whether she is physically fighting him or not. When Kylo Ren is using the force to interrogate Rey, she pushes back, utilizing the force to her own advantage in order to turn the tables on Kylo. Within their physical fight, Rey uses the force to pull Luke’s lightsaber directly to her, completely overriding Kylo Ren’s own natural abilities.

We have seen that Rey was dumped on Jakku as a child by someone unknown to us, and never speaks about the people that dropped her on the desolate planet, even to the people closest to her. So what if being abandoned by her family was so traumatizing for such a small child that it awakened the Force deep inside her? We saw that Rey lived alone, and most likely did for much of her childhood, so if this theory stands true, she may have begun to use the Force without even realizing what she was doing.

If we apply Freudian psychology to this situation, the traumatizing events that were present in Rey’s childhood may very well have had serious effects on her adult life, and may have seriously affected her sensitivity to the force throughout her life. This may be why Luke’s lightsaber called to her in such a way and explains why the ways of the Force come so naturally to Rey throughout the movies. This also may be why her ways in the Force are so much more powerful than Kylo Ren’s, because they stem from her emotions, and her own emotional vulnerability, rather than something that is created from her lineage, like Kylo’s.

The Force is all around us and is something that many within the Star Wars universe are able to use to their advantage throughout their lives. I personally can’t wait to see where Rey’s abilities with the Force take her throughout the Star Wars universe, and I hope we find out more about Rey’s lineage within the next few movies.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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