Student/Teacher Relations in Literature and Other Media By: Taylor Wise


George Lucas's Star Wars, Rosa Parks, and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird all show examples of mentor/student(or an environments affect on) relationships and their affects on decision making.


Example 1:

George Lucas's Star Wars shows a mentor student relationship through Luke's training sessions with Yoda.

This shows how having a student/teacher relationship affects your ideals and thoughts, like how Yoda helped Luke realize his potential as a Jedi.


This relates to The Alchemist by showing how a mentor (Yoda, or The Alchemist) can help you find your personal legend, with Luke's personal legend being to become a Jedi.

Example 2:

Rosa Parks is known as the mother of the civil rights movement and is great example throughout history of being a mentor and influencing others decisions.

Rosa Parks on the bus

In the image above you see Rosa Parks standing her ground and not changing seats for a white man. According to the US Embassies IIP (International Information Programs) "Rosa McCauley Parks is known today as the “mother of the civil rights movement” because her arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat sparked the pivotal Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott.... While she did not know her act would set in motion a 381-day bus boycott, she knew one thing. Her own personal bus boycott began that day."


Rosa Parks has shown how to set forward your own personal legend and was shown as a mentor for many in Montgomery, Alabama leading them to follow her and make the correct decision to find their own Personal Legend and shape the world the way they want and need to.

Example 3:

Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird or TKAM for short, shows examples of Student/Teacher relationships (or in this case Daughter and Father relationships) changing decision making.

"Jem stayed moody and silent for a week. As Atticus had once advised me to do, I tried to climb into Jem's skin and walk around in it: if I had gone alone to the Radley Place at two in the morning, my funeral would have been held the next afternoon. So I left Jem alone and tried not to bother him"(Lee 57)

As shown above TKAM shows how Atticus is respected by his daughter (Scout) and how he influences her decision making.


TKAM relates to The Alchemist by showing how mentor/teacher relationships are important and influence decision making. For example in The Alchemist Santiago and the Crystal Merchant developed a strong bond like Scout and Atticus, and influenced each others decision making allowing both of them to gain the ability to achieve their own personal legend.


Overall, the Mentorship from Yoda, Rosa Parks, and Atticus all show the importance of Student/Teacher(or Mentor) relationships and their effects on decision making.

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Robert Wise

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