After watching Star Wars: A New Hope I believe that the best literary lens through which to view the film is the racial lens. Every new alien species that we encounter in Star Wars is a new race and should be viewed as such until proven otherwise. Additionally, because we are looking into this vast new universe containing hundreds of non-human species races, it’s interesting to see that humans are the ones are in power. Because of this, we end up seeing a large amount of the human characters displaying a “holier than thou” attitude towards other races which would in turn lead to an unspoken social hierarchy with humans at the top, and every other alien race below. Watching this film through the racial lens brought these three things to my attention. The first is how Chewbacca is treated throughout the film. Chewbacca is Han-Solo’s right-hand wookie, and he does everything that Han does throughout the film. Han seems to treat him like an equal, yet other characters don’t. An example of this would be when Han and Luke are receiving an award for blowing up the Death Star and Chewie just stands idly by, even though he did exactly what Han did in the battle. The only difference between Han and Chewbacca is their race, so therefore we can infer that because Chewbacca is a wookie and not human, he is treated as less valuable regardless of his accomplishments. The second thing I noticed was how some aliens are treated as pets whereas others are masters. A good example of this would be the banthas; the huge yak/sheep-like creatures that are ridden and kept by the Sand People, or the Tuskan Raiders. The racial lens made me realize that there isn’t an obvious discrepancy between aliens of an animal class, and those of a human class. Therefore, it is possible to infer that some of the creatures that are being used as pets may have a much higher brain function and emotional range than dispalyed, making the usage of them as vehicles and food sources unethical. The third topic that I looked into was whether or not droids in Star Wars should count as a race. Throughout the movie we see examples of R2D2 and C3PO displaying emotions, such as when 3PO offers to donate parts for a broken R2, which is akin to a human offering to donate their organs. Emotions are generally not a trait that you expect robots (droids) to have. If we view these droids as a race with a highly functioning emotional capacity, empathy, and the ability to create relationships, it makes it difficult to condone the process that the Jawas run, as the buying and selling of a race for unpaid servitude is also known as slavery. After investigating these topics in-depth, I believe that A New Hope is about how the term ‘being human’ extends far beyond the species of Homo Sapiens. This film surrounds the idea that appearances are deceiving, and shows multiple examples of racism and xenophobia towards non-human creatures. In conclusion, Star Wars: A New Hope does not treat multiple non-human races as people, even in places that it should.