this sequence reminds fans of the tragic fate of Anakin Skywalker

Series Obi-Wan Kenobi ended last month, and we then revealed that several tracks suggested a potential second season for the Disney + series. And besides the return of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen to the franchise Star warsas well as their character, Obi-Wan and dark Vadorthe series also made it possible to remember the tragic fate of one of the series’ most emblematic Jedi, Anakin Skywalker.

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the tragic fate of anakin

Anakin’s transition to Darth Vader, symbolizing the abandonment of the bright side in favor of the dark side of Power, is probably one of the most iconic moments in the franchise, thus making the transition between the prelogy and the original trilogy. . And when you look closer, Anakin’s fate then appears to be one of the saddest in the entire Star Wars galaxy.. From birth and for most of her life, Anakin will always have earned a master. After first knowing slavery in his childhood on the Tatooine, he will then be liberated, and will then join the Jedi Order, always equivalent to a “master”.

Even when he went from being a padawan to being a Jedi knight, there was still this well-established hierarchy and this balance of power that forced Anakin to comply with the demands of the order. Even as a Jedi knight, he felt limited and always had to follow orders given to him., even when his own feelings and thoughts disagreed with the orders given. And by choosing to retire to the Jedi and become Darth Vader, he ensured that he would always be a slave to another master, Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious.

In the movie Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) we can see that the young Anakin is a rather stubborn child, yet full of compassion who wants to prove that he is not only defined by his status as a slave. Throughout his childhood, Anakin was considered only a commodity, and he strives to be seen as an individual in his own right., determined to prove his worth. He wants to make his own decisions and be seen as an independent person.

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When Qui-Gon Jinn, Padmé and Jar Jar join Anakin and his mother, Shmi, for a meal, Anakin extends his life as a prisoner and explains that they cannot escape because of the explosive implant that the slaves must carry. Although Padmé is naively shocked that slavery still exists in the galaxy, Shmi reminds her that Tatooine is escaping the laws of the republic. Trapped in a horrific system operating outside of any applicable law, Anakin’s sad fate seemed sealed, with no hope of freedom in sight.

But Qui-Gon will sense that the Force is incredibly strong in the young boy, and after some manipulation, the Jedi Master will manage to get Anakin’s release. No longer a slave to Watto, his former master, Anakin is therefore free to leave Tatooine, but on one new and unique condition: to train to become a Jedi.. If this sounds like a very good thing for Anakin, to allow him to achieve his dream of raising the stars and enjoying a much better life than he had as a slave, it is not really a choice as such rather than a form of reorientation. He always follows someone else’s plans, his life is always chosen for him by someone else, and is entrusted to a new “master”.

Throughout his Jedi years, Anakin was trained by his new master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, though it was a rather fraternal relationship. And even though Obi-Wan just follows the Jedi tradition, there is still another master for Anakin. And while walking, one can feel that the character has a complicated relationship with bondage.. Never having the freedom to do what he wants, and just having to follow orders, works differently for Anakin than it does for other Jedi. While for those brought up in order, devotion and altruism mean this seems to lead to frustration and doubt in Anakin.

And even if he had ended up becoming a Jedi Master, he would have had to continue to follow the directives of the Order and the Council, which probably gave Anakin the feeling that he would never become master of himself. And while he most of the time respects their wisdom, the stifling nature of it all as well as the Council’s refusal to give him the rank of Master will eventually erode Anakin..

In his final moments as Anakin, Mace Windu will issue the order that will change everything, and it is so that Anakin will make his first decision, turning against those to whom he has reacted for years, convinced that he made a decision By my self. However, if Anakin is now freed from the limitations of the Jedi, he is not a free man, and has only trusted another master.. And after Palpatine offers him to become his apprentice, Anakin’s first decision will then be to choose submission, saying: “I will do whatever you ask“.

We can then see that in his life, Anakin made only two choices with his own free will, and they both led to his downfall. The first was to love Padmé, and the second was to join the Sith and become Darth Vader. If he had not made his second choice, the first could have been his only true path to freedom. But when he became Vader, one of the few times he had control over his destiny, he decided to seal it in front of someone else’s servant forever. So we can see that in the series Obi-Wan KenobiIen Vader confronts his former master Obi-Wan, all his anger at Obi-Wan’s learning seems to reappear. But even though they both survive this confrontation, only Obi-Wan really leaves as a completely free man. Vader, meanwhile, goes to answer the call from his master, Darth Sidious, thus becoming a slave to his past.

Anakin will thus go from Watto to Qui-Gon Jinn, then Obi-Wan and the Jedi Council, to end up with Emperor Palpatine calling them all masters. It is only in the final minutes when Anakin finally triumphs over Vader and asks Luke to remove his helmet that he will finally be freed from a life of bondage.. Vader’s last sequence in the Disney + series, in which he reacts to Darth Sidious after his defeat to Obi-Wan, then reminds us of the sad fate of the character, as well as the tragedy of Anakin Skywalker, who will never know freedom until the last moments of his life..

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