More Interesting Stuff

So you won’t have to suffer through the same annoying ankle-biter who haunts TFN’s message boards, I’ll post this wonderful bit in its entirety below the cut. From Cryogenic on TFN, this was on a thread discussing the pregnancy subtext. Even though I don’t read as much into things as the original post does, it still prompted this interesting reply here:

Remember, G-FETT …

The Republic = Darth Vader

“I’m depending on you to be the eyes, ears and voice of the Republic” – Palpatine to Anakin

And what do we see happening to Anakin later on? He is being assembled into the mechanical Darth Vader, whilst lying on a table in the middle of the new symbol of the new Republic (i.e. Empire). An overhead shot clearly shows discrete blocks of white light wrapping around the table, and therefore Anakin, in a circle, in the unmistakable shape of the Imperial seal. The visual sounds out the truth: Anakin is the embodimment of what the Republic has turned into. It *is* still the Republic, in essence, but it has been corrupted almost beyond recognition (like Anakin), and both have been renamed by Sidious in an attempt to efface the past.

So, in this scene in AOTC, Anakin is unwittingly saying *he* needs Padme, a need which is attended to, through Luke, to his benefit, validating the statement, in ROTJ. On the face of it, what MisterVader is saying may seem unwieldly and complex, but it isn’t. He’s called on the power of etymology to strengthen his case, but it may, ironically, have served to obfuscate it. Just put ROTS on. That’s the key. Lucas has cleverly intertwined and interlinked everything. The inexorable tragedy of the story is that Anakin aligns himself more and more with the Republic — with a faceless, heartless, amoral political body — in each film, until, in essence, he acquires a faceless, heartless, amoral political body; a robotic body, with the “real” Anakin buried inside, as if shut away in his own sarcophagus (“Quiet as a tomb”).

How does Anakin extract himself, and the galaxy, from this “nightmare”? By taking down the Emperor, OK. But how does he do that? By finding the strength within himself to overcome his fatalistic attachment to the very system he has turned into. He discovers it is possible to overcome, to abandon, to leave. To open his eyes and no longer be blinded by power as a means to an end. To have courage in his own autonomy. Not the false autonomy of prostration to a system. Of sacrificing body and soul to the machinery of the Empire. Ditch it. Get rid. Move on. Be your own person. And it’s Luke that gives him the strength to do that. Luke acting through the wisdom of Padme. Back in the time of AOTC, Anakin’s greatest loyalty was to the Republic and Palpatine, not Padme. He couldn’t see that at the time, but his remark to Padme is telling: “I think the Republic needs you”. He’s praising Padme, but he’s expressing a love of the Republic more. And as he moves further to the Dark Side along with the Republic, as he blindly throws in with a system, over his Jedi brethren, over Obi-Wan, and finally, and most tragically, over Padme, he essentially *is* the Republic, because Sidious has drawn him closer and closer to its centre, and that shot of Anakin being operated on, reshaped, rebuilt … THAT clinches it.

We all know it’s a worthy story (the non-PT bashers, that is), but I think MisterVader has just tried to show us HOW WORTHY. How tightly crafted. How much layering. How much emphasis; a little on the surface, much more that can be teased out from below. Here is another tribute to Lucas and his incisiveness. How he approached dialogue. Characters. Story details. The spirituality of SW. The messages of charity, hope, fairness, love. It’s all there. A little analysis goes a long way for this galaxy far, far away, and maybe not so far away.

2 Responses to “More Interesting Stuff”

  1. TPF1138 Says:

    To quote Josiah Bartlett:

    He said it right!

  2. DRush76 Says:

    Very interesting article. You’re one of the few who has managed to express how complex Anakin’s story was.

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