From Jedi to Sith to Sacrifice: Anakin's Journey to Fulfilling the Prophecy of the Chosen One

31 March 2023
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The prophecy of the Chosen One in the Star Wars saga is a significant and central theme that has been present throughout the series. According to the prophecy, a chosen individual will bring balance to the Force and destroy the Sith, who seek to dominate the galaxy through their control of the dark side of the Force. This concept is first introduced in the prequel trilogy, which explores the events that lead up to the original Star Wars film.

The identity of the Chosen One is revealed in the prequel trilogy to be Anakin Skywalker, who is later known as Darth Vader. Anakin was a Jedi Knight who was initially believed to be the one who would bring balance to the Force, as he had a unique connection to it that was not seen in any other Jedi.

However, his fears and anger led him to the dark side of the Force, where he became a Sith Lord and served the Emperor, the leader of the Sith.

Despite his fall to the dark side, and murdering countless people, including youngling Jedi, Anakin ultimately fulfills the prophecy of the Chosen One by bringing balance to the Force in an unexpected way. 

Rather than destroying the Sith through violence, Anakin sacrifices himself to save his son, Luke Skywalker, from the Emperor. In doing so, Anakin destroys both himself and the Emperor, thus ending the Sith's hold on the galaxy and bringing balance to the Force.

While Anakin's actions brought balance to the Force, the balance was only temporary, as revealed in the sequel trilogy. The dark side of the Force had once again risen, and a new conflict emerged. However, a new hero, Rey, was able to bring balance to the Force once and for all, by defeating the ultimate embodiment of the dark side, Palpatine.

That later part has enraged many Star Wars fans as they consider the return of Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker to be a cheap ploy that diminishes Vader's story arc. 

Overall, the prophecy of the Chosen One is a crucial element in the Star Wars saga, and Anakin Skywalker's role in fulfilling it is a significant part of his character arc. The concept of the Chosen One represents the idea that even in the midst of great darkness and despair, there is always hope for a hero to rise and bring balance to the Force.


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