AOTC Star Words 25: Love Pledge

Ah, a favorite scene of many an Anidala fan:

That’s a rather peculiar way to confess your love. No wonder Anakin responds in confusion. She clarifies with a simple, “I love you.” But there is still inherent tragedy to every word she speaks, continuing with “It looks like our lives are about to be destroyed anyway. I truly, deeply love you….and before we die I want you to know.”

From Padmé’s perspective, we can assume she’s referring to the agonizing struggle she has been enduring ever since Anakin reappeared — the conflict between duty and personal happiness, between logic and passion, a life of service and a life lived for herself. Every day that she denies her own feelings, she dies a little more. And on the verge of actual death, she comes to the decision that the price of her self-denial has been too high to bear any longer.

 

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