The Private Life of a Jedi

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Title: The Private Life of a Jedi
Creator: Jeanine Hennig
Date(s): March 1985, September 1985, March 1986
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Wars
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The Private Life of a Jedi is a meta essay by Jeanine Hennig.

It has three parts: "A Treatise on The Jedi Order" and "The Lightsaber." The third part is humorous in nature, and it has no subtitle.

Part one was published in Southern Enclave #7 and is online here.

Part two was published in Southern Enclave #9 and is online here.

Part three was published in Southern Enclave #11 and is online here.

Excerpt from Part One

"The Jedi. War order, military order, religious/philosophical order, or community of weirdos? It's never really specified, save in comments by biased parties. Tarkin calls them a religion, Yoda's comments are that they lean towards the philosophical, and Ben says that they were the guardians of freedom and justice in the Old Republic. But what were they? How did they use the Force? (What is the Force?) What made them able to use the Force? What made a Jedi as, supposedly, opposed to a Dark Lord, and what led to their fall?"

Excerpt from Part Two

"'The Lightsaber is the weapon of a Jedi Knight... an elegant weapon, for a more civilized time.' This is about the only explanation we are given of the lightsaber. So, perhaps in retaliation, fanfic abounds with explanations of this mysterious weapon. Mostly the explanation is in passing, but it is there. Why the fascination?"

Excerpt from Part Three

"Are all of you still believing the old rumor about Jedi being celibate? Read on. Are you in for a surprise!... First the most obvious. The lightsaber..."