star wars

The Woman Without a Country

Listening to Rebecca Roanhorse’s Resistance Reborn, I’m realizing something about Princess/Senator/General Leia Organa. She is truly a woman of the galaxy for the galaxy, in large part due to the destruction of her home world, Alderaan.

Perhaps this should have been obvious to me before.

I was thinking about how until the end of The Rise of Skywalker, it appears that literally no one is going to help the Resistance. Old allies or not, most of the galaxy is looking to take care of them and theirs rather than join up another interplanetary struggle against a maniacal, fascist superpower. On the one hand, I get it. It’s hard to fault people for wanting to avoid entanglement with the First Order when the FO literally destroyed the government.

On the other hand, it’s hard to watch Leia, who has given up everything for the betterment of sentient being across the galaxy, be ignored by those who should rally to her side. It often seems so hopeless.

And that made me wonder about Leia and what really drives her. In the destruction of Alderaan, she becomes a woman of no people and a woman of all people.

Take someone who through whatever combination or nature and nurture has an unquenchable spark of home within her chest and uproot her from her home. What do you get? A badass princess who sees the galaxy as her home and the peace therein as something worth fighting for with every ounce of her being.

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