Started writing this in New storyforms for Empire Strikes Back and True Detective but then I thought it might deserve it’s own thread.
Reading through the analysis on The Empire Strikes Back here:
brings up a couple of questions.
@jhull you says that Darth Vader functions as the Protagonist of the story in terms of pursuing Luke, which totally makes sense. You also say that the story feels most like a Tragedy (failure/bad) which I also agree with.
But it’s also a little weird – if the story goal was to turn Luke to dark side (pursued by Vader), and that fails, why does the story feel like a tragedy? Aren’t we rooting for Luke to not turn bad? Surely if Vader had succeeded, it would have felt even more tragic?