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Did Owen and Beru Know?

Discussion in 'Original Trilogy' started by SegNerd, Feb 28, 2020.

  1. SegNerd

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    Did Owen and Beru know that Anakin = Vader?

    The only clue I can think of is the exchange where they say Luke has too much of his father in him, and that's what they're afraid of. But it's possible this is just a reference to anti-Jedi sentiment throughout the galaxy, and technically, GL himself had not decided that Anakin was Vader at the time he wrote that line.

    If they didn't know, does that explain why they never changed Luke's last name? If Obi-Wan just told them, "You have to raise Anakin's kid because Anakin was killed in Order 66," it would actually make sense that they would just call him Luke Skywalker without realizing the significance.
     
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    It may be that Obi-Wan made some allusions to what Anakin may have done but never stated them explicitly.

    I think that any anti-Jedi sentiment would be more based around the centre of the Empire's power base. Certainly in some of the more lawless parts of the Outer Rim, there are no doubt parts where the peacekeeping aspect of the Jedi would be most welcome.

     
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    I'm torn on this....

    Part of me wants to say that they did know, as Owen and Beru knew "Ben" was out there, and (what seems obvious to me) knew WHY he was there, and when we watched Ben struggle with the explanation to Luke that "Vader had killed his father"...it seem's obvious (to me) that they should've known.

    HOWEVER.....

    Owen and Beru just let Luke mingle openly in places like Anchorhead, with Biggs, whom was an Imperial pilot in training, whom without knowing Luke's origins might've spouted off something like "Hey, i've got a buddy, Luke Skywalker, who'd be a great candidate here because he's a great pilot on Tatooine!"...and Luke would be caught by the Empire.

    So it's hard to say either way....evidence points to both sides...flip a coin...and the only person that could REALLY answer that question would be George Lucas...honestly.
     
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    I think that Owen and Beru knew about Anakin. They also know everything about Obi Wan, who brought them Luke. I always thought that Owen and Beru were aware of everything.
    Moreover, I doubt that they would have accepted any child brought by Obi Wan. Would you accept a child that is not your relative? Brought by Obi Wan, who you don't trust? I believe that the jedi told to Owen and Beru who Luke was, their nephew and the son of Anakin and possibly also Padme.
     
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    There may be loads of reasons for this:
    • Infertility
    • A sense of obligation to said child
    • Company of said child
     
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    I’m sorry but I think this has gone off track.

    There is no question that Owen and Beru know that Luke is the son of Anakin and thus their nephew.

    The question was, did they know that Anakin was Vader.
     
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    Actually until now I never though of Uncle Owens lame excuses for keeping Luke on the farm one more year (again and again) being his way of protecting him from being found by the empire.
     
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    Exactly, now I am starting to realize why Owen didn't want Luke to become a pilot. Probably he was afraid that Luke could have become like his father. And that is also why Owen didn't trust Obu Wan. He was afraid that the jedi could have taught Luke how to become a jedi with the risk to become a sith in the future.
     
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    I think that was the whole point of this dialogue, "Luke is just not a farmer, Owen. He has to much of his father in him." Owen: "That's what I'm afraid of." Also, if some random guy comes to me with a baby. I think I would want to know the whole story. Obi-Wan would know the story of how Luke was born.
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    He did learn how to fly though... "I understand you've become quite a good pilot yourself."
     
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    Another element to consider- when asked about Obi Wan Kenobi and whether he'd come looking for the droids, Owen says this:


    Purposefully or not, there's some obvious parallels between the symbolic death of Anakin to Vader, and the symbolic death of the Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi to the hermit Old Ben.

    Owen knows who Obi Wan is, and knows he's not really dead. So, either this statement is extremely ironic, or he's got a pretty good idea of what's going on.


    Also, if you consider them a valuable source of info, the new comics seem to imply that Obi Wan and Ben had a bit more interactions than one might have originally thought.
     
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