Since 2011, May 4th has been recognized by fans around the world as “Star Wars Day.” The celebration is derived from the phrase “May the Fourth be with You,” a play on the famous line “May the Force be with You” from the films. After acquiring Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise in 2012, the Walt Disney Company has joined in the fun and made Star Wars Day a featured event at theme parks and on their television networks. Star Wars Day even made its way to the White House last week, with a visit to the First Family by R2-D2 and a few stormtroopers. With the enormous success of the franchise’s latest installment, The Force Awakens, the popularity of the Star Wars galaxy is at an all-time high.
- Why do you think the success of Star Wars has endured for so many years?
- What morals and themes are present in the Star Wars films?
- How can we translate the enthusiasm and passion so many people feel for Star Wars into other areas of our lives?