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Owen and Beru - sacrifices to Will of the Force (as interpreted by Jedi Kenobi)? - moonspinner
Owen and Beru - sacrifices to Will of the Force (as interpreted by Jedi Kenobi)?
Spoilers for ANH. :p

At the end of Episode 3, Obi-Wan (soon to be known as Ben) Kenobi hands over the baby Luke to his closest living paternal relatives - Owen and Beru. The next time Kenobi and Skywalker meet again, it's almost 18 years later.

Why 18 years, I wonder? Why didn't Ben make a move earlier on?

Why, Uncle Owen, I imagine. We first meet him in Episode 2, and it's clear that Owen grew up to become his father, Cliegg - not a very complicated man, who believed in hard-work, generosity, dignity, protecting one's family - and not in 'damn fool idealistic crusades'.

Were Obi-Wan and Yoda aware of this when they handed baby Luke to the Lars? Probably not. They most likely assumed that the Lars adored the Jedi like the rest of the Republic. So what happened when Obi-Wan mentioned training the boy to Owen?

"You come any where near my boy with that lightsabre of yours, and there'll be Hell to pay! You ruined Anakin's life with your damn Jedi ways, don't you dare ruin Luke's!"

It must have been extremely frustrating for (rapidly becoming) old Ben. This was his life's work - training the 'New Hope' until he's strong enough to murder his father. But he's not allowed to do so. Thanks to a half-educated farmer and his cynical philosophies.

Then to make matters worse, when he does get precious one-on-one time with Luke and he gives him his sales pitch, what does the 'New Hope' say? "I have too many responsibilities on the farm."

Remember Ben's ominous words: "That's your uncle talking."

Over the course of Luke's lifetime, Owen Lars had gone from a convenient baby-sitter to a big liability and clog in the wheel of the Jedi's idea of destiny.

So when the stormtroopers rode into the farmstead that hot Tatooine day to re-claim the fugitive droids - could Ben have done something about it? He had had enough dealings as one of the foremost citizens of the Republic to understand how the system worked. If a droid had top-level intelligence information, was it unlikely that top-level intelligence operatives would be close on that droid's heels? Let's assume for the sake of argument that he knew this.

Did he sit back and hold his peace? After murmuring those words, "You must do what you must, of course," did he deliberately stay silent, let events unfold naturally without raising a finger to stop them? As the stormtroopers burnt down the homestead and the closest thing Luke had to family, was Ben Kenobi calmly walking beside Luke, feigning surprise and slow realization as they came upon the Jawa's sandcrawler?

Were Owen and Beru sacrifices to the Will of the Force as the Jedi perceived it?

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vanimy From: vanimy Date: March 30th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know that what you're suggesting is possible... and that makes Obi-Wan a horrible man. I'm more than torn over his actual motives in the OT because there's a part of me that's convinced he wanted to turn Anakin back to the light side (otherwise his plot with Yoda doesn't make sense) and the other one looks at the movies and wonders. But really, his attitude in ANH is ambiguous.

Poor Owen and Beru... If he really let them die, I think the Jedi have gone down a notch in my already low opinion of them.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: March 31st, 2006 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a very strong bunny. I might just write a story like this.

'Only a Sith deals in absolutes'

That line just makes me crack up. It's an absolute statement on its own but coming from a Jedi - "once you take the path of the Dark Side, forever will it dominate your training?"

In their own way, the Jedi were just as ruthless for good as the Sith were for evil.
vanimy From: vanimy Date: April 2nd, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Amen. I'm not fond of the Jedi. the only ones I like apart from Qui-Gon are Anakin, Obi-Wan and Luke. Probably because the first one is certainly not a typical Jedi, the second one is influenced by Q-G and Anakin and Luke because he has nothing to do with the old Jedi Order. I liked Yoda before but he disappointed me in ROTS. In AOTC, he rocks, as in ESB/ROTJ but TPM and ROTS? I wanted to slap him.

Jedi are robots, simply put. No emotion. And almost no compassion, no matter what they might say.
vanimy From: vanimy Date: April 2nd, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh and "Spoilers for ANH"? Cracked me up.

It's weird in a way because we already know what's next at the end of ROTS. I guess TW I only write AUs for series anyway. Because that's the only way to tell stories since the OT is already there. Too bad George Lucas doesn't write an AU of the OT. :p
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: April 2nd, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
they are robots. even the clones had more heart than they did and that's saying something. apart from Qui-Gon and the Skywalkers, I don't really care for any of them - even Obi-Wan, who sometimes, is just too self-righteous for words. And as for Yoda - don't even get me started on that hypocritical old troll - 'miss them, do not. mourn them, do not.' Yeah right. You really did a lot of NOT missing and mourning when the Purge started, didn't you? [face_angry]

Oh and "Spoilers for ANH"? Cracked me up.

LOL! I try. :p And yes, G Lucas could write an AU where Anakin doesn't turn - and we'd get to see the Prophecy fulfilled right! :D
vanimy From: vanimy Date: April 2nd, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
even the clones had more heart than they did and that's saying something

LOL! It's really sad, you know. Maybe TW some people don't like the PT, because they were picturing Jedi as heroes thanks to the OT and they only ended up being disappointed. I like the fact that nothing is black and white now thanks to the PT.

even Obi-Wan, who sometimes, is just too self-righteous for words

Tell me about it. I was so disappointed in him after ROTS. The icing on the cake for self-righteous? Not even leaving Anakin on the sand. It's his attitude when he arrives on Mustafar. All lectures and barely caring about Padmé and horrible timing and taking his time as he goes down the ramp while Padmé is being Force-choked! Argh.

G Lucas could write an AU where Anakin doesn't turn - and we'd get to see the Prophecy fulfilled right! :D

*sighs* Alas. ROTS is full of AUs possibilities. Even after Anakin's turn. The turning point in the saga is probably Padmé's death and the children being subsequently hidden. Before that there was still hope. Argh. ;)
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