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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Jar Jar Binks

Star Wars is many things, and has many messages. One of, in my opinion, the most important messages that Star Wars presents is that small and innocent means provide a foil for the mighty. Let’s call that the thesis of this post.

In response to the enormous amount of Jar Jar hate that is still prevalent out there (Seriously people? It’s been 16 years, give it a rest), I’ve articulated my thoughts on his role to the saga as a whole. You cannot exclude Jar Jar from the saga and have it keep the same weight. What he represents not only gives the prequels an extra layer of meaning, but also improves the original films. Because of the controversial nature of this topic, I am not writing it for StarWars.com, but you can expect a post about the Fool archetype sometime in the future.

So let’s get down to it.

Jar Jar is the embodiment of innocence that has been manipulated and corrupted. Qui-Gon was the only one who could see Jar Jar’s worth, since he was the one most in tune with the living F...

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