“What Anakin Is” Essay

kazaikos wrote on her Tumblr about some insights she had after watching ROTS again recently:

Either way Anakin is the personification of the Force. Every choice he makes shifts the balance a little. When he slaughtered all the sand people, a very clear first step to the dark side, the galaxy went to war. Then he married Padme, such a show of love and affection, and for quite some time the Jedi and the good guys stayed on the winning side. But over time the more Palapatine manipulated and influenced Anakin, the worse off the galaxy became throughout the war.

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3 Responses to ““What Anakin Is” Essay”

  1. Keith Palmer Says:

    I’ve been musing a bit of late as to whether, with the old Star Wars movies, fandom and the Expanded Universe alike in the 1990s might have slightly lost track of the “personal story” of Luke Skywalker and those around him to focus on “the Rebels versus the Empire” (and might also have wound up obsessed with machinery and complaining that “a victory won with the help of Ewoks isn’t worth winning”)… and whether the new movies just might be argued to link the personal story of Anakin Skywalker and those around him with “the fall of the Republic” more clearly. This piece might carry that link even further than I did, but it was still interesting to see.

    • Adam D. Bram Says:

      Again, I’ve got this slated to be an article in the coming months, so I won’t show my entire hand here, but I’ve noticed lately that if I knew nothing about IV-VI and went completely by the hateboys, I would assume it was about Han Solo vs Boba Fett and Darth Vader, who happens to be the father of one of Han’s little friends.

      That is seriously messed up.

      • Keith Palmer Says:

        I have sort of come to think myself there’s a terrible shallowness in what seems implied to be the “classic trilogy” as presented through the constant criticisms of the new movies. Before that, I do wonder if I wound up deciding to interpret all the Star Wars movies as “character stories, archetypical character stories perhaps but character stories all the same” just because the common attempts to push them towards “military SF” always seemed to break down around Return of the Jedi… (Of course, to “play favourites” even in a subversive way still risks falling into the old complaint of being let down by the ending.)

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