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Anakin’s real purpose was not to balance the Force

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The stories of Chosen One seem to be everywhere, from Harry Potter to ancient myth. The most archetypal examples come from the Star Wars universe, where the hero of each trilogy is torn from darkness and is entrusted with massive responsibility. It is only in the Prequel trilogy, however, that the hero is explicitly labeled as “The Chosen One”. Yoda and Mace Windu frequently argue about whether young Anakin can really be the one to balance the Force. A convincing new theory argues that although he may be the chosen one, it was not his main goal in life.

Redditor MajorBlackie Anakin’s arc has more to do with his traumatic slave past than his struggle to live up to the “Chosen One” coat. When Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi first meet the boy, he does not aspire to be a Jedi like them. Instead, he wants to get away from Tatooine, whether as a smuggler or as a soldier.

Anakin’s answer to Padme asking if he is a slave.

Then he is taken under the wing of the Jedi Council. Between The phantom menace and Attack of the clones, he becomes more brainwashed with their values, devout in the ways of the Force, and seems to be on the right track to become what everyone wants him to be: the legendary hero who will bring balance.

In Attack of the clones, an Anakin adolescent is literally confronted with his past in the form of Padme, which in a way represents his salvation. By falling in love with her, he remembers his journey and his childhood fantasy of freeing all slaves. He finds this in contradiction with his role of maintaining order in the universe within the framework of a religious oligarchy.

Padme and Anakin in ‘Attack of the Clones’Lucasfilm

The outcome of the Anakin arc, Revenge of the Sith, conspicuously focuses on his turn on the dark side. But even that is tinged with his own quest for freedom. He rejects his masters in the Jedi Council and becomes a Sith Lord, only to be at the mercy of another master.

In the original trilogy, Anakin sees his children become rebels rejecting the hierarchy. They accomplish what he wanted to do all his life, inspiring his last – and first – act of true freedom: to turn against Palpatine and truly reject all forms of power from those above him, setting an example to his son. a girl.

the Reverse Analysis – Whether or not Anakin is the chosen one is always very questionable. Even if it isn’t, thinking about how his childhood in slavery affected his whole life adds a whole new perspective to the character. Through this lens, his cruelty and his desire to forge his own destiny in life seem to be parts of the same whole, rather than contradictory elements of his personality.

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