Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise that consists of a film series created by George Lucas. I would choose two pieces of soundtrack from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The name of the soundtrack is Battle of the Heroes (John William, Battle of the Heroes). After analyzed this song, and I find that this sound is separate in to several parts and each piece shows up properly in each scene respectively. For instance, John put one piece during the fight happens between Anakin and obi-wan on volcanic island, one piece during the fight take place between general Kenobi and general Grievous on airport and when the death of Anakin’s wife. This song is actually perfect for this kind of battle movie; John Williams caught the emotions so well in his music, I loved it, for me he was the best composer of all time.
This soundtrack continued for almost four minutes, and in different scenes of the film John William choosing and using relevant part of the music by emotion and logic. According to Andrea A. Lunsford “Emotional appeals (sometimes called appeals to pathos) are powerful tools for influencing what people think and believe,” I watched Revenge of Sith several times, but I still feel my blood was boiling and my body was full of power when the soundtrack start, then it recalled the scene Anakin fight with obi-wan, the sound softly and slowly start and then turned faster and stronger along with the scorching furious fight. Also the soundtrack means that justice won the battle. Therefore I agree with Andrea that emotion is a powerful tool.
First of all, I want to begin with the most passionate part. It is a soundtrack during the scene that after Anakin’s wife loses her consciousness, Anakin fight with Obi-wan. I enjoyed this part. John William put the sound logically, as I mentioned before, soft and slow at the beginning then became stronger and faster. He using this kind of technic aims to control audiences’ emotional, but he did it in different way. Indirectly, he succeeds in controlling audiences breathing rate to reach his goal. In addition, repeat same soundtrack several times is another successful point. Just like Obama’s speech, he using “yes, we can” to encourage America citizens to hold hope, no matter what predicament they were in. (Andrea A, 42)
Secondly, the soundtracks build bridges between the audience and characters in film. I strongly feel that the ending of Battle of the Heroes create a kind of atmosphere, which include death, pain and enmity. The scene connected with the sad part is when Kenobi successfully defensed Anakin’s false justice, and tears spring out but not fall. At this point the soundtrack means that people always have a sensitive heart. After watching whole movie, I believe that this piece of soundtrack is aimed to connect the emotion between Anakin and audience. Even the evil party losing the bell, audience still sympathize him and feel upset and pitying that the wrong decision Anakin has made. From the book, Andrea said that, people may sometimes want to use emotions as tool connect with audience assure them can express what they saw and hear, use president Bill Clinton;s Famous line “ feel their pain.”
To sum up, the soundtrack on Star Wars was a great success; most people will recall their memories when the sounds start，and I enjoy the song Battle of the Heroes.
Andrea A. Lunsford, Everything's an Argument, (pg. 38, 42, 44)
John William Battle of the Heroes,