Fear anger hate suffering: Anakin’s Dark side journey (the full story)


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Fear anger hate suffering: Anakin’s Dark side journey (the full story)

“Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering” is a line used in Star Wars by Yoda to describe Anakin’s future. In this article, we will explain how that happened throughout the story of Star Wars. 

In Phantom Menace, Master Yoda feels a lot of anxiety in Anakin, but this anxiety is not clear. Anakin is fearful of losing his mother, Shmi, who he has been forced to abandon in subjugation. This is the fear of death that Yoda identified as the road of the Dark Side, the failure to acknowledge the reality that all life is fleeting, and will ultimately become one with all the Force. The masters worried that they would be powerless to alter Anakin’s outlook on life and death that is why they educate the Jedi Knights from quite a, very early age, so that they may show them about seeing the future.

Fear leads to Anger

When Anakin arrives at the Jedi Temple, Yoda detects “a lot of anxiety” in him. Apart from its force-sensitivity, this is the only aspect of the Jedi note. To the viewers, little Ani may seem like a confident boy, but inside, he’s afraid. He abandoned his planet and his mum, and in just a few days he lost his new tutor. Fear is a normal response. Sadly, he’s not finding the best way to cope with his anxiety.

The Jedi Code advises, “There’s no emotion, there’s peace.” Instead of giving Anakin a way to cope with his feelings, they convince him that emotions don’t matter. This could work if you grew up in the Temple studying how the Jedi suppress their feelings, but it wouldn’t help a frightened little boy whose anxiety seems real. With no other choice, Anakin has hidden those fears for 8 years until we see him once more in Attack of the Clones.

Therapist Frank Gaskill explains Anakin as being motivated by “anxiousness” and the desire to monitor social situations. Anakin values his mother, which drives him to Tatooine. He stands to lose Padmé as she dropped from the Republican Geonosis Gunship, which led to a lecture by Obi-Wan. As tension builds up and life falls out of his grasp, he shifts from fear to rage. In his rage for his mother’s murder, he exterminates the entire town of Sand People. He gets careless when he fights Dooku and damages his hand.

Anger leads to Hate

If you first watch the movies, Anakin’s move from such an angered Jedi to Sith Lord may seem unexpected. It took The Clone Wars series to complete his transition from rage to failure to manage his life to hate the Jedi. He cannot, or will not, cope with his terror and rage in such a manner that he “externalizes and emotionally responds” in a never-ending loop of far-reaching escalation, distress, and need for dominance.

The Clone Wars is beginning to send us an impression of a relaxed, mature, and optimistic Anakin who is succeeding as a Jedi war general. As the War continues, Anakin’s life begins to fall out of his grasp and his rage resurfaces. His padawan leaves the Jedi order after her advice fails, his friendship with Padmé is tense, and Obi-wan hides vital details from him. He embraces the idea that both Jedi and the army he’s commanding are going to disappoint him, and so he’s trying to find a way to survive.

Palpatine assures Anakin the kind of strength he wants to govern his existence – a way to battle worries that the Jedi will make him believe he doesn’t matter. But in fact, Palpatine is really in charge, and all he seems to do is feed on Anakin’s rage and turn it into hatred. Then, Anakin isn’t just spewing out amid rage. He focuses his hate aggressively on anybody he thinks may deceive him or would stand in his path – the Jedi, the youth, his closest friend Obi-Wan, and maybe even his spouse.

Hate leads to Suffering

The resentment of Anakin contributes to the pain of the whole galaxy. Yet he’s struggling too. Anakin devoted himself to a plan of events that he believed might give him the authority to influence his life and to live with his anxiety. It wasn’t. He attempted to bring harmony to the universe, and instead, he delivered darkness. He was attempting to save Padmé, and he put in motion circumstances that lead to death. He tried to become the most strong Jedi, and he’s rather like a Sith robot than a man. He was destined to struggle in his body and mind before the end of time.

Yoda was correct when he said that Anakin’s prospect of losing his mother is to do with “everything,” and “Fear is the road to the dark side.” Anakin’s early fears don’t ever leave him. They just got darker and stronger as he wanted to forget them. At the end of the day, Anakin’s deep desire to control the origins of his fear twisted out of control while ignited by the dark side. Instead of responding appropriately to his fears, he allowed them to ruin all that he had fought to defend.

Fear, anger, hatred, and suffering Anakin in Attack of the Clones

This anxiety became much greater in Anakin, and a decade later he was troubled by his mom’s dreams. Some perceive “suffering” as the pain and misery that Anakin induces to the sand inhabitants and subsequently to the Galaxy as a whole and, however, this film shows that it was not the case. Anakin’s risk of losing his mother eventually leads to rage at her passing, and this rage becomes resentment of the people of sand. Because of this, he butchers all the people in the village including women and children. When he returns to Lars’ house, he confesses his acts to Padmé: he reveals his hate for the people of sand, and he struggles from his remorse, saying that the Jedi should be stronger than this. So no, unlike those people who want to believe he’s bragging about it, he’s definitely trying to defend his actions to himself, but he’s not doing so, he’s in tears as he struggles from the pain caused by the death of his mum, but the pain that Yoda feels is also remorse. Fear, rage, hate, and the suffering-the cycle is full.

Fear, anger, hatred and suffering Anakin in Revenge of the Sith

Anakin’s uneasiness with Vengeance of the Sith-he tells Padmé knows he’s slipping, and he needs more. Despite those interpreting, this means that he needs influence, he simply acknowledges that the possibilities provided by the Jedi to make the Galaxy a safer place to live are insignificant to him. He worries that he will lose Padmé, and he needs to save her, just like he was trying to save his mum. Palpatine gives him the strength that is capable of defeating death. As Anakin says to Obi-Wan he believes that the Jedi are the evil ones who took his powers away from him and denied him the opportunity to save dying people. Anakin turns against the Jedi and vows his allegiance to Darth Sidious, but it is important to find out that he is not ready to become a Sith: he claims he does whatever Sidious wants if he shows him how to fight death and save Padmé. He kills children in the Jedi Temple, obeys Sidious, then kills the separatists in Mustafar.

As many have pointed out, his eyes are not flaming in the Temple of Jedi, but they are sparkling on Mustafar. Anakin did not burn and destroy the temple cause it was necessary or kill the Younglings because he hated them. He did so because he hated the separatists as a sacrifice deemed necessary by him to save Padme. He is in tears on Mustafar, crying from remorse and the horror of his actions. Once again, the cycle is complete. 

He explains to Padme his scheme to overthrow Sidious and become the Emperor with Padme as his Empress. He feels that he is now someone who can guarantee justice and harmony in the Galaxy. He does not understand why Padmé is appalled by this scheme.

Anakin is terrified to lose Padmé as he doesn’t want her to die, and he doesn’t want her to abandon him. Blinded with rage, he clings to her, choking her in terror and anger, and in hatred of Obi-Wan, who he claims should turn her against him and threaten to take her away from him, assaulting his old friend and tutor. His suffering becomes physical when he melts into a burnt remnant of flesh-but his real suffering begins when he discovers that Padmé died, and he assumes that his children are now gone. In the end, he becomes Darth Vader and suffers the loss of everything. 

“Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering” is a line used in Star Wars by Yoda to describe Anakin’s future. In this article, we explained how that happened throughout the story of Star Wars. 

FAQs: Fear anger hate suffering: Anakin’s Dark side journey

What did Yoda say to Anakin about fear?

Yoda: Careful you must be when sensing the future Anakin. The fear of loss is a path to the dark side.

What was Anakin afraid of?

Anakin in the starting is shown to be afraid of losing his mother which eventually leads him to Tatooine. Later on, he fears losing Padme when she falls from a gunship, leading to a lecturer from his mentor Obi-Wan.  Slowly he moves from fear to anger as the fear and stress pile on and he is no longer able to deal or cope with it. 

Does hate lead to suffering?

“Fear is the path to the Dark Side.”

“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” We hear this dialogue being spoken by Yoda when he is training Luke Skywalker. He explains to the young Jedi how fear also leads to worry and ultimately suffering.

Did any Younglings survive Anakin?

According to movies, no younglings survived Anakin as those were the exact orders given to him by Palpatine. Anakin’s task was to destroy the Jedi temple and everyone inside it. The younglings were either killed by Anakin or the clone soldiers that were with him.

What is the most famous line in Star Wars?

Some of the most famous lines in Star Wars are, “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” by Leia Organa. “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” by Darth Vader.

“The Force will be with you. Always.” by Obi-Wan Kenobi. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” by Yoda “No. I am your father.” by Darth Vader.

What species is Yoda?

It is unknown what species is Yoda. Star Wars creator George Lucas has kept the mystery around Yoda’s species name and background.