With the release of the new Star Wars trilogy, it seems that the passion for the saga has woken up again. However, despite the fact that the new films received quite good reviews and were well received in theaters, they lacked something that was present in the two original trilogies. We are referring here, of course,to the character of Anakin Skywalker.
Anakin Skywalker, later known as Darth Vader, was one of the central characters in the first six films, and one of the icons of film history. The elect of prophecy, in the universe of the saga, is undoubtedly the most complex character of all those composing the original films.
However, understanding certain actions of this character can sometimes be somewhat complicated.Why after being a warrior fighting for peace has he become the right arm of a tyrant who oppresses the entire galaxy?We will examine Anakin Skywalker's psychology as part of this article to find out.
The psychology of Anakin Skywalker: understand the most famous character of Star Wars
Although the three prequels are not as popular with fans as the original trilogy, they hide the fundamentals of understanding Anakin Skywalker's psychology. Indeed,The Phantom Menace, The attack of the clones andThe revenge of the Sith, focus almost exclusively on the development of this character.
We can, through them, see the story of Anakin, who begins as a child and ends with the slaughter of an entire city and the destruction of the Jedi temple.Later, already converted to Darth Vader, he plunged the galaxy into terror for decades, before redeeming himself and returning to the clear side of the Force.
What caused these sudden changes in Anakin's personality? The keys must be searched in its history.
The ravages of a difficult childhood
To understand the psychology of Anakin Skywalker, we must return to his childhood. Living on the planet Tatooine (a desert with few resources and with brutal living conditions), he andhis mother are the slaves of a scrap. The young Anakin will have to take care of the well-being of his mother since his childhood.
The absence of a paternal figure, according to a large number of researches, can generate many complications in the life of a child when he becomes adult.Among other things, this may be one of the reasons why the person ends upgenerate an avoidance attachment, a way of behaving that we can observe in Anakin, especially in his relationship with Padme.
People with this type of attachment avoid expressing their emotions and try to be completely self-sufficient. This is something we can observe in the psychology of Anakin Skywalker, who makes his own decisions before the advice of his teachers, even if he appreciates and respects them.
Otherwise,Anakin presents a large number of traits of children with high abilities. However, the fact of being very intelligent causes more problems for the young Anakin: it brings him conflicts with his master, makes him feel different and makes him very innocent and idealistic. All these traits will have their influence on his passage to the Dark Side.
Adopted by the Jedi
When he meets Obi Wan and Qui Gon Jinn, Anakin believes that he has found a way to free himself from his slavery and help others.This is something very important to him because one of his complaints, in the first film, is that no one helps those who need it. For the young Anakin, the Jedi represent all the good things in the world, which is why they are idealized. Unfortunately, even if joining the Jedi seems to be all that the young Skywalker wants, it will cause many complications.
- To go with Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Who,Anakin will have to abandon his mother to his fate.She is the only person who has shown her unconditional affection, and although the technology of the Star Wars universe is very advanced, it seems that he will not be able to reconnect with her while they are separated.
- Although Qui Gon is convinced that Anakin will be the one responsible for destroying the Sith and restoring balance to the Force, the Jedi Council refuses to train him. They claim that he is too old, but given the obvious fear of the future of the child,they finally accept it as a padawan. This causes a strong feeling of rejection at Anakin, which will gradually lose faith in the Council.
- One of the most important characteristics of Anakin Skywalker's psychology is its independence. However, the Jedi masterstry to impose a lot of rules on him to prevent him from doing harm. This, coupled with the damage he suffered when he rejected him, will cause him to grieve.
Some very turbulent relations
We can see throughout the three prequels howAnakin moves from an innocent child to a rebellious teenager, to later become a narcissistic adult.Certain of his superiority over others, but at the same time uncertain and unable to open to others, the young Skywalker feels isolated and misunderstood by others. On the other hand, the relationships he has with him cause him many problems:
- Obi Wan Kenobi, his teacher, is more like a senior brother than a mentor. Although both enjoy an excellent relationship, we can observe the existence of certain characteristics of competition in the behavior of both.
- Padme, his wife, is a person whom Akakin has loved all his life, so that he has idealized it. The factthat they spend most of their time apart does not help, so he can not get to know her really; moreover, they must keep their relationship secret as Anakin's position among the Jedi would be compromised if it were discovered.
- Chancellor Palpatine, one of Skywalker's most admired characters, is actually a Sith master who wants to corrupt him.Therefore, Anakin develops a toxic relationship with the latter, a relationship in which the Chancellor causes insecurity directly and indirectly.
Because of the complications present in her main relationships, and her isolation from the rest of the world, Anakin feels very lonely and insecure in her relationships with others.This will later cause his fall in the Dark Side.
Betrayal of his ideals
When Anakin, already a young Jedi,discovers that the inhabitants of the sands murdered his mother, anger blinded him and led him to kill the entire population of this race on Tatooine, including women and children. This act goes against all the ideals that Skywalker had maintained until then, and this makes him even more arrogant and angry.
On the other hand, throughout the first three films,Palpatine regularly warns him against the Jedi Council, making him see that the interests of his teachers are contrary to his own. When Anakin discovers that Padme is pregnant and that he begins to have premonitory dreams about his death in childbirth, he seeks advice from the Chancellor. That's when he reveals to her that he's actually a powerful Sith Master, and thatthe Dark Side of the Force can save his wife.
Worried by the doubts (a central element of Anakin Skywalker's psychology), the young Jedi denounces Palpatine to the Council, but when he sees how Mace Windu threatens to kill him, he defends his mentor. hebetrays wellis Jedi and becomes an apprentice of Dark Sidious.
Under the orders of his new master, Anakin (already become Darth Vader)begins to commit a series of atrocities that sinks him further into a spiral of hate and self-destruction.Among them, the most striking are the destruction of the Jedi Temple and the murder of all the children inside, as well as its attack on Padme when it rejects it.
After losing everything and being on the verge of death after fighting Obi Wan, Palpatine saves him and makes him his servant. So, although Anakin thehate for all that he has led him to lose, he has no choice but to join him because of his isolation from the rest of the world and his complete disregard for himself.
It will nevertheless be this hatred for the Emperor that will allow dark Vador, inThe Return of the Jedi , to sacrifice himself to save his son Luke by assassinating his master. This allows him to return from the Clear Side of the Force and to reconnect with Obi Wan, his master, who took the form of a Force ghost.