The emotional life lesson I experienced watching ‘Star Wars’

October 27, 2017 — by Ava Hooman

Columnist recalls a movie that changed her life,

As I wipe the tear falling down my face, I glance side to side to make sure nobody has noticed me lose my composure. The essential message hidden through all of the chaos in “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,” is one I learned at a young age — people can learn to do something they thought they were never capable of.

The famous scene of Obi-Wan and Anakin fighting relentlessly with their lightsabers on the lava planet is the turning point in the series and the most emotional. The break of the iconic pair’s friendship is one of the most devastating scenes in all of the “Star Wars” franchise.

Surprisingly, this is also one of the easiest scenes to relate to since we’ve all had rocky moments in friendships.

Throughout the movie, I am heartbroken at Anakin’s choice to go to the “Dark Side.” Even after watching the movie dozens of times, I still feel a sense of emptiness when I see him turn to evil. The movie ends with Anakin becoming Darth Vader, symbolizing his death as a human and rebirth into a monster.

The message of Anakin betraying all his loved ones reminded me of a time when I felt someone close to me was betraying me as well. Even though that person’s actions didn’t threaten a whole galaxy, they still hurt me.

Anakin’s greed for power leads him to forget what was truly right and the people who stuck by him. In real life, people are constantly dealing with people who betray them and are disloyal.

Even though the story of “Star Wars” is fictional, the lessons it teaches are grounded in real life and the basic principles of what’s good and what’s evil.

Rewatching the movie when I was feeling especially unhappy helped me understand that friendships break all the time, even in other galaxies, but the more considerate you are in making the right choices, the more you can do to prevent losing a friendship.

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