Anakin Skywalker and Stoic Ideals

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When it comes to philosophy and stoicism, we can find many connections deeply woven through the Star Wars saga. In this theme one can see the large role the Jedi play in the transformation of Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader by forcing upon him stoic ideas and making him go against his human nature. Before we can get to the root of Anakin’s transformation, one must have a good understanding of what Stoicism is. There are many elements that tie into the stoic idea. Living in agreement with nature. You must only consume what you need. “To live in agreement with nature requires embracing and making good use of all events that unfold in this rationally structured universe” (Stephens, 20). Using fate well and understanding that whatever conditions one finds them in are meant to be are vital to the stoic lifestyle. Other Stoic elements are concentrating on what one can control, not dwelling on what one cannot control, living in agreement with virtue, having self-discipline and freeing oneself from passions and extreme emotions. Yoda is the embodiment of stoicism for the Star Wars series. He has trained himself to be timeless, patient, serious, and even tempered. It’s easy to wonder why Yoda didn’t get turned to the dark side while training himself to be stoic, unlike Anakin who while acting against his nature transformed into Darth Vader. One of the main differences is that Yoda have several lifetimes to practice and become a master Jedi. Anakin being human only had one lifetime to accomplish such a hard task.

Anakin’s one lifetime can’t be the only thing to blame for his terrible turn to the dark side. Another main factor of his transformation can be blamed on his attempt to unnaturally block emotion and, most importantly, anger. In chapter seven of book one in Seneca’s “On Anger” he states, “Some think that the best course is to control anger, not to banish it, and by removing its excesses to confine it within beneficial bounds, keeping, however, that part without...
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