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Anakin/Luke Parallel in The Last Jedi

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' started by The Hero With No Fear, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. The Hero With No Fear

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    I've always found the parallels between Luke and Anakin Skywalker to be very interesting. After giving The Last Jedi some thought, I realized how some of Luke's new backstory parallels a semi-iconic moment from Revenge of the Sith.

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    The plot point in which Luke contemplates killing his own nephew, Ben Solo, reminds me of when Anakin came into the Jedi Temple's Council Chambers to wipe out the younglings. In both of these scenes, we see a Skywalker igniting their lightsaber to strike down someone(s) who they fear/believe will create more conflict in the future. With Luke, we see him sense the Dark Side in his nephew and to prevent the rise of another Vader, he briefly considers taking him out to save the galaxy from more pain and suffering.



    With Anakin, we see a desperate man who will do whatever it takes to save his pregnant wife. All his disagreements and loss of faith in the Jedi, along with Palpatine's manipulations and his own weakness, changes him from a heroic Jedi to an uncaring monster. He knew that all the Jedi had to be taken out, including the younglings, who would grow to become the next generation of Jedi Knights, who will only bring more corruption and conflict to the galaxy by their mere exsistence. Plus, he is led to believe that slaughtering all of the Jedi in the Temple, as well as all the Seperatist leaders on Mustafar, will make him strong enough to achieve the power that he seeks.

    Like with many parallels between this father and his son, they quickly turn into opposites. Where Anakin goes through with his heinous act with little to no sign of guilt, Luke quickly realizes his mistake and feels ashamed for even considering it. (Even if it is too late.) Luke remembers Yoda's wise words on how the future is always in motion, and how nothing is set in stone, where Anakin, or at this point Darth Vader, doesn't care what it takes for him to gain more power.

    This was just a cool parallel that I noticed between these two characters. If you guys have come up with any others, just leave 'em in this thread.
     
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  2. ralfy

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    Anakin's actions took place when he was young. Luke's actions are irrational and absurd given the fact that he was much older.
     
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  3. Jayson

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    Nicely put. :)

    Other parallels.
    Well, most of the Anakin parallels in TLJ went to Kylo, but Luke got a few.
    Both Anakin and Luke decided that the Jedi order needed to be destroyed, and roughly for the same thinking - that the Jedi were corrupt, hubris filled, and more of a problem than a help. However, Luke, unlike Anakin, wanted to do this by letting go of power while Anakin wanted to do this by taking hold of more power.

    Similarly, Luke finds more devotion in the order which he eventually feels disillusioned with and it deflates him.
    Meanwhile, Anakin had more devotion to people he loved than the order which he eventually feels disillusioned with and it enrages him.

    Luke very nearly ends his life an empty and grey soul as a result of his disillusion because he has devoted himself to an idea and creed over people, while Anakin very nearly ends his life an empty and grey soul as a result of being too devoted to his passion for those he loved and lost over an idea and creed.
    Luke was saved by an older generation reminding him of what his true bearing was in his values, and he instead dies at peace.
    Vader was saved by the younger generation reminding him of what his true bearing was in his values, and he instead dies at peace.


    Another take on the same scene you wrote about: - Luke and Kylo was a reversal of Vader and Luke on Bespin.
    In this way, Luke actually fails more than Anakin.
    Vader wanted Luke to join him and fought him without wanting to kill him.
    Luke wanted Kylo to no longer be with him, and wanted to kill him, but decided not to fight him.
    Vader revealed his true self to Luke at this moment, and it was a softening moment of Vader.
    Luke revealed his true self to Kylo at this moment, and it was a hardening moment of Luke.
    Kylo's reaction to Luke's towering moment was to fight back and destroy everything, killing anyone who stood against him or would not join him.
    Luke's reaction to Vader's towering moment was to run away, hoping his friends would save him from his death.

    In this manner Luke is like a bridge in the parallels between Anakin and Kylo as Kylo parallels both Luke and Anakin both depending on which perspective you turn and look from.

    Cheers,
    Jayson
     
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    Also, any parallel should be drawn between Anakin and Ben Solo, not Anakin and Luke. That's why parallels don't lead to opposites.
     
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    It also reflects Mace opting to kill Sidious despite Anakin’s protestations that he should be arrested. And then of course the legendary unseen scene where Sidious kills Plagueis in his sleep.
     
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