Star Words IX: Shmi On Slavery, The Republic

Matril posted another installment of her Star Words series, this time focusing on one of Shmi Skywalker’s lines in TPM:

Much of Shmi’s importance in the overall story of the saga resides in her influence on Anakin — her presence during his childhood, but especially her absence once he leaves to become a Jedi. It’s always a tricky thing to create a character whose primary impact comes from her absence and death (and the use of “her” isn’t a coincidence — it’s overwhelmingly women who are placed in this role). All too often, the character is nothing more than a plot device, underdeveloped, her special place in the hero’s heart implicit rather than explicitly developed. But Shmi’s portrayal is saved from this danger by an excellent performance from Pernilla August and the details the story reveals of her personality and experiences.

 

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