To Haters Of "The Last Jedi" — Part 2: The Message

To Haters Of "The Last Jedi" — Part 2: The Message

Forget your hubris, protect your loved ones, and know that you can achieve greatness too.

So, “The Last Jedi” is here and Jingle-Bell rockin' into our lives. Critics are satisfied, but fans are divided! Why? And why do I love it so much? Let’s see.

The second major point I delight in for “The Last Jedi” was the collection of themes and messages the film tried to portray. Others, on the contrary, denounce it as, you guessed it, leftist (or liberal) propaganda! Are they just looking too hard under the veil of bias, or are is the movie really a wheel in a conspiratorial campaign of one-sided propaganda?

For starters, what are the movie’s themes?

The first, and perhaps most obvious, is one of hubris. We see this especially with Poe, as he, time and time again, goes over the heads of General Leia and Admiral Holdo, leading to costly victories, misunderstandings, and relative disaster. Poe rushes in, thinks he knows what would be best, and problems ensue. Then, toward the end, he begins to understand- he doesn’t go out after Luke and he realizes that the remaining members of the Resistance need, for now, to run rather than face the menacing 1st Order attack force.

Interestingly, Luke breaks this down for us too. While teaching Rey, he explains that one reason he and the old Jedi Order failed was hubris. Arrogance and overconfidence lead them to believe they could not be stopped or were obviously in the right- potentially an allusion to “Attack of the Clones,” when Yoda states this issue explicitly to Masters Windu and Kenobi.

Secondly, the film builds itself around the idea that you don’t have to be predestined for greatness to effect change in the world. The original trilogy and prequel trilogy both placed a heavy focus on a chosen one and his relatives. The main characters either started out special or were related or connected to that special person.

In “The Last Jedi,” who are the new heroes we see? We have Finn, who before the events of “The Force Awakens,” was essentially a First Order janitor. He was nobody. Now he fights as an acclaimed hero of the Resistance. Then we have Poe, whose backstory seems to be naught but he has become one of the best pilots in the Resistance fleet. Rose was just a mechanic from a poor/oppressive background doing her job, but when duty called her elsewhere, she rose (ohhhh) to the occasion and helped out.

Then we have Rey. Fans have obsessed for the past two years about her potential lineage, who her parents were, and who she would become. “The Last Jedi” drops a non-bombshell, subverting our expectations. Where does Rey come from?


She has no special parentage, no circumstances that predestined her for greatness or being Jedi. She just happens to be powerful in the Force, and joined the Resistance out of circumstance on account of the traits she possessed and skills she gained over the years through hard work.

Some might decry this as liberal propaganda (Oh, they’re saying everyone is a special snowflake!). But isn’t this what the American Dream is about? That anyone, through hard work and moral character, can achieve greatness? That is what we should take away here.

Third, the movie brings us the idea of how to effect good change in the world. In a way, it’s non-creepy Anakin-style take on the Jedi Code regarding compassion and hatred. Rose clarifies this message explicitly, “This is how we’re gonna win. Not fighting what we hate, saving what we love.”

In essence, this was the plot of the movie and this message connects to Poe and his hubris. Finn and Poe both fight the First Order- and they both hate it and are willing now to go to great risks just to deal some damage to it. But Leia and Holdo are focused on preserving the “spark” of the Resistance. In “The Last Jedi,” keeping what remains of the Resistance was the point of every hoop that was lept through.

This is an important message for the times we live in. The nation is divided in many ways, though most starkly in politics. We’ve sent so much time building up our “others” as monsters or things to hate, and actual hate groups have sprung up as well. We as a nation and our government as a whole need this reminder of what it’s all for:

Saving those we love, not destroying what we hate.

Cover Image Credit: YouTube | Star Wars

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

Cover Image Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

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