In a Story Far Far Away…Who’s The Hero Anyway?

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May the Forth

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Rudy Dees

Writers @ GoneWithTheWord

In the original Star Wars trilogy many fans, myself included, believed that Luke Skywalker is the hero and Darth Vader is the villain. 

As we watch Episodes IV-VI the characters develop before our eyes as the follow the hero’s journey as illustrated by Joseph Campbell. For example, Luke Skywalker is mentored by Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi and assisted by his friends Han Solo and Leia Organa as his is prepares to take on the villain by himself and save the galaxy.

On the other hand, Darth Vader is trained and mentored by Darth Sidious and Lord Vader becomes the most powerful and most feared presence in the galaxy.

At the end of Episode VI Darth Vader dies and Darth Sidious falls to his “death” into the shaft of the Death Star. And there you have it… end of story… Villains are dead and Luke Skywalker is the hero. Or is he?

Here lies the brilliance of George Lucas… Luke Skywalker isn’t the hero nor is he the main character. Episodes I-III gives clarifies this fact and allows the viewer to realize Darth Vader’s journey as you re-watch Episodes IV-VI.

It’s Anakin Skywalker’s story! 

It is his character that changes the most in the Star Wars franchise. It is Anakin who leaves home to be trained as and Jedi; it is Anakin who lured by Darth Sidious to join the dark side; and it is Anakin (or Darth Vader) who faces Darth Sidious, alone, to save Luke Skywalker and the galaxy from the actual villain, Darth Sidious.

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader is the main character of the Star Wars franchise. It is he whose transformation is the most pronounced. As a child he is the chosen one through a prophecy and Qui Gon Jinn takes him to be trained; it is Obi Wan Kenobi who trains him to be a Jedi however he is lured to the dark side by Chancellor Palpatine (or Darth Sidious) where together they rule the galaxy for many years; and finally, it is Luke Skywalker who mentors and reminds his father that: “There is still good in him”.

Anakin Skywalker starts good, becomes the evil Darth Vader, then transforms into the stronger and more mature (aka: hero!) Anakin Skywalker. There you have the three act play at its finest, and perhaps most famous.

When asked who is the main character in Star Wars—the answer is Darth Vader. It is his story, after all.

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