In anticipation of waiting for the new Star Wars movie I've decided to watch the whole series before the new movie came out I watched the prequel trilogy last month and this month I'll be watching the originals. As I was watching Episode III I realized something odd. When Anakin turned to the dark side I felt that when he killed Mace Windu it was kind of a cliche. As a kid, when I saw it I thought it was cool but now that I'm older I wished his turn to the dark side wasn't what it should have been. Not just for the new generation of Star Wars fans that grew up with the prequels but the people who grew up with the originals. i felt like Anikakin was just a pawn in Palpatine's schemes. Don't get me wrong I'm not saying Anakin didn't turn I'm just saying it wasn't at the moment Palpatine made him into his apprentice. But then i was watching it last month and i think Anakin's turn to the dark side during the Duel on Mustafar.
We all know Yoda's wise words in The Phantom Menace "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. And hate leads to suffering." Now most Star Wars fans think that Each of the Prequels was a step toward the dark side and that's probably what Lucas wanted but as I watched the Duel on Mustafar I realized that during the battle (Which is my favorite battle by the way) that it had each of the stages that Yoda was talking about.
Fear is the first step to the dark side. Before the duel against Anakin and Obi Wan, Padme and Anakin have a short reunion were Padme expresses her concern about Obi Wan's warning about Anakin turning to the dark side. Anakin tried to assures her that it was a lie and she need not worry and tells her that he has given her the whole galaxy for her. Heartbroken at what she hears she pleads with him begging him to come back then at like the worst possible moment (Great job Jedi master) Obi Wan reveals himself. and out of fear that his wife has betrayed him Anakin force chocks Padme. not to the point of death because Anakin released her before she died. His fear of his wife betraying her caused him to hurt the only thing Anakin has ever loved to the brink of death.
Then the next step fear leads to anger. After being taken over by fear and almost killing Padme, Anakin takes his anger out on Obi Wan. This whole fight is Anakin has every intent to kill his former mentor and friend. There's not much to talk about in this section because its the whole fight that Anakin lets his anger out. You can tell how angry he was because during the duel he was mainly on the offense tiring to strike down his master.
As the fight concludes and Obi Wan gains the advantage and tells Anakin that the fight is over. But Anakin is determined to to not let his former master live. Obi Wan wins by cutting off his non robotic hand and his legs and his eyes turn Sith yellow as he gets closer to the dark side. Obi Wan reminds Anakin that he was the "Chosen One" and that he was suppose to bring balance to the force. Which brings us to the third point. Anger leads to hate. One of the last things Obi Wan hears from his apprentice is "I HATE YOU!" To hate is basically saying that i want you out of my life i never want to see you again I wish you were dead.
The final part is hate leads to suffering. After Obi Wan tells Anakin that he still loved him he catches on fire and is burned to a crisp he is later found by Palpataine were he takes Anakin to a medical unit who put on the Darth Vader suit and he suffers fro the rest of his life being a pawn to the dark side. Now this is just something i thought was interesting and I hope you do too