I was just watching the Star Wars special on the History Chanal, like I'm sure many of you have, and I was really intrigued by the role women play in the Saga. I really did not think of it this way before and since I'm always excided when I find new and interesting things in Star Wars I wanted to share it and get your takes on the subject. The lives of the women really parallel everything that is going on in the saga. Take Queen Amidala in Ep. I. She is unsure of herself, she is trying to do the right thing but unbeknown to everybody there is a greater danger ahead of her. She is ideallistic but on the verge of destroying herself. In Ep. II she goes from being a Queen to being a woman. She is surrounded by nature and everything that is good (like a mother-earth figure), she represents hope and goodness. I myself was thinking "well, if Anakin is loved by her so much he can't be that bad" and I was so rooting for him to make a right decision (all the while knowing he wouldn't). At this point in the saga while Padme is maturing everything is still good but we can tell that she is progressing into darkness. Yet, she is the only one who could pull Anakin back with her love. In Ep. III she is at the end of her life, she is a mother and therefore represents life. When she dies, everything dies with her. Anakin is gone, replaced by Vader. Diversity of the Republic is gone, repleced by a Sterile Empire with no divercity. There are no women in the Empire, therefore no life. All humanity is gone. In Ep. IV it is a woman who brings things into motion with her young rebellious enthusiasm. She is dressed in virginal white symbolizing that she is not ready yet to save the universe. Everyting is still sterile but we see signs of life, love and friendship forming. In Ep. V Leia is more mature, things are becoming more organic. Luke goes to Dagobah and she is falling in love with Han. As she matures, the rebellion matures. In Ep. VI she becomes a woman, we see her in a more sexual light, she is now completly in love with Han. The surroundings are more organic (Endor, Dagobah, Tatooine). As she embraces being a woman completly she gives birth to a new society while the mechanical Empire dies. Even Vader regains his humanity.