Star Words TPM Part 10

Matril has another installment of her Star Words series, this time focusing on one of Anakin’s lines from TPM:

This flash of anger, this insistence on being identified by the correct term, strike me as very similar to the moment Luke speaks his father’s former name and Vader snaps, “That name no longer has any meaning for me.” His furious reaction makes it patently obvious that the word Anakin is, in fact, painfully meaningful for him.

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3 Responses to “Star Words TPM Part 10”

  1. joe Says:

    good piece vader/anakin is without a doubt the most tragic villain in film history

  2. Pedro Felipe Says:

    I love this posts!

  3. Independent Radical Says:

    As I recall, Anakin in the Phantom Menace is reacting against being identified as a slave. He isn’t delusional. He knows he has been enslaved, but he doesn’t base his sense of identity on that. He is still a human being despite the oppressive role he has been forced into. It’s a refreshing alternative to the identity politics crap I’m used to hearing.

    The line is also a way for him to (from the standpoint of the audience, though not his own) declare that he is the one who is going to become Darth Vader. Those who had seen the original trilogy, but were viewing the Phantom Menace for the first time might not have recognised who he was prior to that. So it’s a quite important line that needed to be delivered with some punch.

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