PART 1: THE FAIRYTALE AND THE COMING-OF-AGE
Not long after The Force Awakens was released an excellent paper titled “Death and the Maiden” was published addressing the potential of Rey and Kylo Ren — the hero and villain of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy — forging a romantic bond over the course of the narrative. The author, Ohtze, compared Gothic literature tropes and monster movie iconography to Kylo Ren and Ren’s interactions in The Force Awakens, highlighting the significance of the “bridal carry”. Ohtze came to the conclusion that Kylo Ren’s interest in Rey would remain one-sided because he is the “monster”; however, several months have passed since “Death and the Maiden was penned, and I have decided to analyze The Force Awakens from a very different perspective. After all, Star Wars is neither a Gothic tale nor a monster movie. It’s a fairytale, a children’s story.