Katelyn explores how the transgressions of the force are paid back in full in the Star Wars universe…
“Darth Plagueis had once remarked that “The Force can strike back.” The death of a star didn’t necessarily curtail its light, and indeed Sidious could see evidence of that sometimes even in Vader – the barest flicker of persistent light.” – Tarkin pg. 127.
I have fallen in love with this phrase. The Force can strike back. Even in a galaxy far, far away, there is karma. Ahsoka Tano left the Jedi Order, leaving one less capable Jedi in The Clone Wars. But by surviving 66, she became one of the most important individuals in the war against the Empire.
Palpatine spent 30 years creating a new army and keeping himself alive artificially just so his granddaughter could rule the Sith. She destroyed them instead. Kylo tried for years to kill the part of him that was light to then give his life so the light could live. Ventress is betrayed by the monster she created in Savage, Dooku is beheaded by his replacement, Maul is killed by Obi-Wan, etc…
Of course, there is one big one that instantly jumps into your mind…
Yeah, I thought so.
It’s interesting to look back at this event and understand that this is exactly what Palpatine was trying to avoid. He knew Vader had that touch of Anakin left in him and it was possible for Luke to find and tug on it. The Force struck back. I love the parallel in this scene from Revenge Of The Sith. Palpatine was electrocuting Mace Windu and Anakin didn’t help. The scene is what finally turned him into Vader. Luke was being electrocuted and Anakin did help. That act turned him back into Anakin.
Remember the Force can always strike back.
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Katelyn Mathis is a Senior Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. She is a passionate Star Wars fan and is the go-to source for Force Knowledge. Follow her on Twitter @ForceKnowledge where she uses the force frequently!