Essay: “You Wear The Chains You Forge”

Clashing Sabers posted a pretty good piece about Anakin and Darth Vader.  This centers on the idea Vader is essentially stuck in his own trap:

When we meet a young Anakin Skywalker in Episode I, he is desperately trying to be seen not as a slave but as a person. Ironically, and sadly, the same can be said for Darth Vader. He knows that the Emperor sees him as a tool, and he hates himself for it. He wants to be known for who he really is, but the Emperor has just placed him off to the side until he is of use. Again, he has become a slave.

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3 Responses to “Essay: “You Wear The Chains You Forge””

  1. jarjarbacktattooguy Says:

    Darth Vader is essentially just like the Vice President of the U.S. He’s just there to “help”. He doesn’t write policy and he doesn’t have executive order power.

    He probably doesn’t have the responsibility of appointing government or military officials. Sure, many of the Imperial Navy officers just happen to choke to death when Vader gets mad, but those are officially “accidental deaths”.

    I think by ROTJ, Vader really hates Palpatine and the cult-like mentality of the Sith. He knows he’ll never be fully in charge. He’ll never have his face on a coin. He won’t have an airport named after him.

    Darth Vader is just a thug. Yet, he had it all, just for the asking.

  2. princesselwen Says:

    At the point of A New Hope, Vader’s more machine than man status has turned him into a glorified attack dog. Leia comments about ‘holding Vader’s leash’ suggest that.

  3. ladylavinia1932 Says:

    There is another article on the “Clashing Sabers” site that stated it was a bad idea for Anakin to become either a Jedi or a Sith. And I agree. I think he should have taken a more balanced path.

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