Jabba the Hutt had a lot to say in Star Wars and beyond. The name is often used as a satirical literary device and a political caricature to underscore negative qualities. Jabba is depicted as a large, slug-like alien, that is a cross between a toad and the Cheshire Cat exemplifying lust, greed and gluttony. Known throughout the Star Wars universe as the “vile gangster”, amusing himself by torturing and humiliating his subjects and enemies.
The physical appearance of Jabba reinforces the personality of a criminal deviant winning the award for “The Most Disgusting Alien”. The body is a Miasmic mass with the lardaceous body periodically releasing a greasy discharge, sending fresh waves of rotten stench into the air. Jabba’s appetitive is insatiable and often authors portray him/her treating to eat subordinates.
Jabba the Hutt is an icon in American popular culture becoming synonymous in American Mass Media with repulsive obesity. The name is utilized as a literary device – either as a simile or metaphor – to illustrate character flaws.
In other words, Jabba the Hutt has come to represent greed and anarchy, especially in the business world. Jabba ranked #4 on the Forbes Fictional 15 list of the wealthiest fictional characters in 2008. Not sure where it is ranked now? Probably grew in wealth as growing in girth.
Let’s see if by some his/her ( gender is never implicated ) quotes if you can figure it out what Jabba represents in current culture?
“You weak minded fool.”
“He is my kind of scum, fearless and inventive.”
“They will suffer for this outrage.”
“Have you now, ha ha.”
“Your mind powers will NOT work on me.”
“Let them marvel at our splendor.”
“There will be no bargain, I will enjoy watching you….(die or whatever bad)”
And my favorite:
“You will soon learn to appreciate me. ”
Jabba went on to point out: “Here, like everywhere else, laughing and singing, dancing and dreaming are not exactly the whole of reality; and for one ray of sun, shining on the hut, the rest of the village remains in the dark.”
Why write about Jabba the Hutt?
How many of you have dealt with someone with even one of these qualities in business? When reading about Jabba, is there a character that comes to mind in your life? Someone that befriends you, only to use you to their advantage and if you do not do exactly as they want you to do it, even if they are wrong or slightly corrupt, you are chastised and attempted to be made to feel like the low life they actually are.
As I grow older in our culture, it has become highly apparent to me, that people will lie under oath, tell you what they think you want to hear and basically do anything to get ahead and win whatever is important to them. You are of use, but not of importance to people like this.
In my way of thinking that is not a good way to go through life. If you see that happening in your life, get out of the way and let Jabba roll right on by you.