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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2015-12-02 13:38:26
I'm all for mythological archetypes. Star Wars is a genre mashup of space opera, samurai (which is essentially analogous to Westerns), and fantasy - but at its core, is simply the classical "hero's journey". That mythological archetype, the hero (in this case Luke), is the chump who would allow enemies to fire first.
Han is definitely the cowboy. However, cowboys fire first. You want to point at John Wayne? Try watching The Searchers or True Grit. Even when he's playing clear cut protagonists, John Wayne puts down chumps first.