Kylo Ren - The Shadow of Luke Skywalker

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While it’s almost certainly a comparison that would induce an equipment-slashing tantrum from him, there are many reasons to view Kylo Ren and his uncle as parallels to each other. In particular, it’s constructive to view Kylo as the shadow version of Luke - a character who represents an inversion of the qualities that so famously defined his uncle. Where Luke was compassionate and forgiving, Kylo consciously strains to purge himself of such soft emotions. Where Luke chose the light side, Kylo chose the dark. Where Luke saved his father, Kylo murdered his. For every good choice Luke made, Kylo made a bad one.

This contrast extends to the physicality of both characters as well. Mark Hamill is (relatively) short, blond and non-threatening. Adam Driver, by contrast, is tall, raven-haired and perpetually boiling over with barely contained aggression. 

In line with his benign and ‘boy next door’ appearance, Luke is generally characterised by his passivity - his most iconic hero moments have him refusing to do things (when he lets himself fall rather than join his father in The Empire Strikes Back, and when he refuses to fight Vader in Return of the Jedi). And while Kylo has no hero moments (because all of his decisions are decidedly negative), he is characterised by action and assertiveness - he chooses to prioritise capturing Rey over capturing the droid; he chooses to stick his lightsaber in his father’s gut; and he chooses to chase Rey and Finn into the forest even as Starkiller Base is falling apart around him. Kylo is guided by impulse, rather than the Force, with disastrous consequences.

From a strictly moral perspective, the picture we have at the moment indicates that Luke’s way - the way of compassion, peace, and passive acceptance of the will of the Force - would appear to be the right one. Kylo’s way - the way of self-indulgence, violence and rejection of his own inner light - is presented as the path to ruin and self-destruction.

But to end the comparison there would be a mistake, since Luke - despite his blond-hair, blue eyes, and boundless, saintly compassion for his father - is not perfect. Luke makes mistakes and errors of judgement, the most important of which is in The Empire Strikes Back. Sensing that his friends are in danger, Luke abandons his Jedi training with Yoda and rushes to save them, despite being warned that he must prioritise his training over and above his personal interests. In particular, Yoda warns him:

Stopped they [Vader and the Emperor] must be. On this all depends. Only a fully trained Jedi Knight with the Force as his ally will conquer Vader and his Emperor. If you end your training now, if you choose the quick and easy path as Vader did, you will become an agent of evil.

This is a warning that we never see come to fulfilment in the original trilogy, though we know that Yoda’s fears were realised because Luke never finished his training. This, then, raises questions with serious ramifications for the sequel trilogy - did Luke’s decision to abandon his training have knock-on effects many decades later? Did his lack of preparation and knowledge cause him to make mistakes? If he had become a fully trained Jedi Knight as Yoda had wanted, would he perhaps have been able to prevent his nephew’s fall to the dark side and the ensuing catastrophe?

We do not have answers to these questions now, though we can probably expect them to be picked up - on some level - in Episode VIII. We know very little about Luke and what his activities were between the trilogies, but the one theme that comes up again and again when Luke is mentioned is that he was searching for Jedi lore and learning as he aimed to re-establish the Jedi Order and, doing as Yoda instructed with his dying breaths, “pass on what he had learned”. The impression one gets, then, is of an isolated man - the lone Jedi in a big galaxy - who is aiming to compensate for the gaps in his knowledge left on account of his youthful recklessness and failure to listen to his master.

But what of Kylo Ren, when it comes to this? We know that Kylo has had two forms of training in the Force - one under Luke in the light side, and the other under Snoke in the dark side. Kylo, still an “apprentice” when he turned, abandoned his light side training before it was complete. Crucially, however, he did not abandon his training in the Force altogether - he merely went to a different teacher. But Kylo is still very much a student, with the topic of his training being one of the central question marks left hanging at the end of The Force Awakens. Snoke tells Hux:

Bring me Kylo Ren. It’s time to complete his training.

This, logically, would suggest that Kylo - having proved his dark-side credentials by committing patricide, the act that once filled Luke with horror - will go on to complete his dark side training under Snoke. But precedent might suggest a different, and potentially much more intriguing, direction - Luke abandoned his training for the sake of his personal interests in The Empire Strikes Back, and we have reason to believe that Kylo Ren might abandon his training in Episode VIII for much the same reason. 

Hux, early on in The Force Awakens, warns Kylo:

Careful, Ren, that your personal interest does not interfere with orders from Supreme Leader Snoke.

And throughout The Force Awakens, we repeatedly see Kylo be the opposite of careful when it comes to his “personal interests”. Instead of demonstrating obedience to his master’s will, Kylo is more likely to be petulant and defiant - throughout the film, his choices convey that he is indomitable and will always choose to follow his whims and impulses rather than his orders.

My feeling is that Hux’s words, while relevant to Kylo’s actions in The Force Awakens, will prove to be positively prophetic in relation to Episode VIII. My reasons for thinking this are influenced by spoilers based on set reports, so read no further if you wish to remain in blissful ignorance.

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rey-of-house-skywalker replied to your post “Does it make me immature that I refuse to believe that Inuyasha loved…”

As a Kikyo fan, I’d just like to add that it’s okay to think that he loved one more than another. What is important to remember is that no girl’s worth is measured by how much she is loved by a man!! Every woman is awesome and valuable on her own, and so are Kikyo and Kagome. The fact that Inuyasha loved/loves one more than another doesn’t make them any less or more than the other!

Sorry I just could’t resist to preach about feminism here it’s stronger than me

also xoxo i <3 u

YESS THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER!

Comparing the relationships is fine, but starting Kikyo vs Kagome debates just because of their individual relationships Inuyasha is so unnecessary !! 

Thankfully the person who sent the ask wasn’t doing that :’)   

anonymous asked:

So my friend was like you can't hate snape and love Anakin it's hypocritical and now I'm like shit is she right and I need good argument points to prove I can like Anakin because he's not the same as the Grease Bitch™ but I can't come up with anything help

I mean the difference is that before his fall to the Dark Side Anakin tried to do good all his life and worked hard to become the best Jedi and General in the galaxy while Snape just joined the Death Eaters because he wanted to
I don’t make excuses for Anakin’s actions after his fall to the Dark Side but Snape Apologists seem to think that their fave is a precious cinnamon roll who’s never done anything wrong and tbh not admitting someone’s faults is almost worse than having those faults
Anakin was murderer and I’ll admit that he did a lot of bad but before his fall he did a lot more good than Snape ever did

I JUST REALISED SOMETHING ABOUT YODA

when he first meets Luke, he knows Luke doesn’t know who he is so he isn’t trying to impress him, he’s showing his true colours, and Yoda starts throwing his things everywhere, eating his food, annoying the hell out of him any way he can. It seems like he’s frustrating him for no reason but he isn’t- he’s being tactful- he’s testing his patience, seeing how angry he is, how much of a calm and thoughtful person he is to someone he doesn’t know, someone he’s never met before… he’s trying to see if he has the traits he needs to become a Jedi