This is intended as something of a companion piece to my post about Obi-Wan the other day, but it’s also intended to stand on its own as something of a character study of Anakin Skywalker, mostly as he appears in the Star Wars prequel film trilogy.
Also as a disclaimer, on the character analysis pieces I’ll be posting as part of this meta series, I’m taking the canon as it exists simply as it’s presented, without consideration of whether or not the story would have been better served by a different approach than the one offered in canon. There will be posts I make as part of this series that take a more critical approach to the Star Wars canon (critical as in critical thinking and not necessarily critical as in negative), but this isn’t the approach I’m coming from with posts that are simply attempting to analyze characters as they are presented to us in canon. I know Anakin is a character that people have strong feelings about, on a multitude of levels, so I figured this was a good time to put that out there. So in this case I’m not discussing how Anakin might have been better if written X way, though that could certainly be an interesting discussion, I’m interested in what I can get from looking at Anakin as he was presented.
Another disclaimer, one I already kinda sorta made but that bears repeating, is that I’m basically working off of the films and anything from the Expanded Universe that I happen to like and think works. Is that biased? Hell yeah, it is. But that’s how I’m rolling here, so … just a note for your information. When I reference the Clone Wars, I tend to mean the comics that covered them and not the other sources, but the canon on this issue is a gigantic miasma of contradictory information by this point, so … yeah.