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Luke: “Leia, do you remember your mother, your real mother?”

 Leia: “Just a little bit. She died when I was very young.”

Luke: “What do you remember?”

 Leia: “Just images really, feelings.”

Luke: “Tell me.”

Leia: “She was very beautiful, kind, but sad. Why are you asking me this?”

 Luke: “I have no memory of my mother. I never knew her.”

 

The above dialog is absolutely, positively, one of the most poignant and emotional moments of the entire Star Wars Saga. With that said, I know I am not the only one who feels this way. Such an impactful scene with a magnitude of revelations and yet, it opened up another sarlacc pit of wonderment.  Who wasn’t curious about this mysterious woman that gave birth to these separated, force sensitive twins?

Padme Naberrie Amidala Skywalker :

1.)Queen of Naboo 2.)Galactic Senator 3.)Wife of the “Chosen One” (Anakin Skywalker) 4.)Mother of Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa. That’s quite the list of impressive credentials. There are not many, if any, that could’ve held a candle to her and all that she represented during her short-lived life. Her beauty was exquisite, her selflessness was immeasurable, and she loved unconditionally.

Personally, she is my favorite female character of the Saga. She exemplifies the core meaning of her name, “Padme”:  lotus, which symbolizes wisdom. The whole name, “Om Mani PADME Hum” also symbolizes such characteristics as:  pure exalted body and speech [Om] and purity by unity of wisdom [Hum]. Translation: In theory, a path in which and indivisible union of method and wisdom, one can transform the impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body. This is best known as Buddha or Buddhism. Perhaps, this is better explained, or at least quite similar to this description given by Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn: “Eternal Life….”

“The ultimate goal of the Sith, yet they can never achieve it; it comes only through the release of self, not the exaltation of self. It comes through compassion, not greed. Love is the answer to the darkness.”

It’s definitely interesting to see the comparison(s), even more intriguing because Padme was not a Jedi/Force sensitive.

Getting back on track, Padme was a very powerful political figure in the Republic Senate. She typically could sway her colleagues, even those on the opposing side(s), in her favor and resourceful enough to avoid several assassination attempts on her life. The woman was not to be underestimated, yet she could not contain/control her personal affairs, aka: marriage. Anakin had matched her “Powerful Stature” equally, if not, more so.

With all of that being said, how is it that she died such an untimely death? Perhaps, we will never really know or completely understand the reasoning behind it, which is what makes it so controversial amongst the fandom.

Not everyone agrees with her “losing the will to live” line, I will admit, it is a hard one to swallow. Given all we know of her character strengths, it just doesn’t seem plausible, does it? This topic has been blogged/discussed/dissected more times than I can remember, but it’s definitely worth the rehashing/debating, at least to me.

Before I begin theorizing, let me just reiterate, that this is just my own opinions/musings/ideas on what I think/believe may, or may have not, been the reason(s) for Padme’s demise. What I hope to gain by all of this? To hopefully spark some new thoughts, questions, and interests in our fandom.

“She has lost the will to live.”

A medical droid delivers this message to Obi-wan, Yoda, and Bail Organa before the delicate delivery of the twins. All present seem to be stunned by this news, even Obi-wan chimes in, as if he were trying to clarify the diagnosis, She’s dying?”

Please keep in mind, the medical droid only knows how to decipher scientific scenarios, not matters concerning “human behaviors.” As Obi-wan once said,If droids could think, there’d be none of us here, would there? There IS a distinct difference between, Knowledge and Wisdom.

Going with the Knowledge route, it was stated that there was nothing medically wrong with Padme, but she had lost her will to live. So WHY did she die? Intriguing, isn’t it? Didn’t they (Obi-wan, Bail, and Yoda) want to know? That has always baffled me, especially since the Jedi have always been known to save others. Wasn’t Padme worth the effort? Or was it something else, something more….elusive?

Our meeting was not a coincidence. Nothing happens by accident.”- Qui-Gon Jinn

As the wise, Qui-Gon Jinn stated, everything happens for a reason. So on the Wisdom side of things, Padme’s death was not by chance. Perhaps she was chosen, by something else, something unexplainable; the Force. Is this possible? Why not? According to Jedi prophecy, the Force selected it’s very own savior, known as the “Chosen One.” So how is this any different?

Let’s explore.

If the force did pick Padme to carry and deliver Anakin’s offspring, then her time among the living, physical force was complete. In other words, she had met her destiny and carried out the ultimate sacrifice; delivering a New Hope to the Galaxy. Is there anything more noble or selfless than giving up your own life for others? I’d have to say no and quite frankly, very befitting and true to her character. It also ties in nicely with her statement from AOTC,I’m not afraid to die. I’ve been dying a little each day since you came back into my life.” Quite possibly the Force was already foreshadowing her fate.

We could also romance it a bit too and say that the two, Star-crossed lovers died of broken hearts. That as Anakin’s soul died on the operating table and the persona of Vader took control, Padme let go as well. Soul-mates are noted as being One Entity, living harmoniously with an intense connection. That certainly depicts the bond between Anakin and Padme. The price they paid for such a short time of togetherness, the repercussions, and all the lives lost, was it worth it? You know what they say about love, “’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. – Alfred Lord Tennyson

One more notion, if you will, please do not throw poodoo my way after this musing.

Have any of you seen or read the Twilight Saga? Yep, there you have it, the flying poodoo. Ok, so here’s what I’m proposing. Is it feasible to think that Padme a human, (like Bella Swan) could have died because the pregnancy was not compatible with her body?

Padme was carrying two force sensitive beings in her human body. Could it have been too much for her and possibly drained the life force from her? Like Padme, Bella was carrying a hybrid child, much too powerful for her frail, human body and it ultimately killed her. *SPOILERS* my apologies for those who haven’t seen it yet and are planning to.

So, what do you think? Was Padme’s death unjustified? Or do you think she made the ultimate sacrifice and thus, making her the true heroine of the Star Wars Saga?

As for me, I choose to believe that the Force selected her, much like it chose one before her; Shmi Skywalker.

Both women were strong and put the ones they loved before anything or anyone else. They were selfless and had the emotional backbone to let go or stay behind, in order for the ones they loved to grow, flourish, and even supersede a lost legacy. That to me, is probably the most quintessential act of surrender, for the “Greater Good” one could ever give; their life for another’s.

“I’ve never given much thought to how I would die, but dying in the place of someone I love seems like a good way to go…”-Bella Swan

 

I really hope you enjoyed my broodings. If there’s anything you’d like me to discuss in the future, please don’t hesitate to ask. Leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to respond, or contact me directly at beccab@coffeewithkenobi.com

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24 Comments

  1. Mike
    March 21, 2014 at 08:04 Reply

    I’ve always stated the force is what killed her. I believe I said on the podcast that the force drained her ” Life force” and passed it on to the twins. Nicely done.

    1. Becca Benjamin
      March 21, 2014 at 21:11 Reply

      Hey there, Mike 🙂
      Thanks so much for taking the time to “read” my blog, I really do appreciate it.
      You know, I’ve been noticing how we seem to “agree” on a lot of SW aspects….Great Minds think a like 😉
      BTW, thanks for the shout out on your latest Podcast, so awesome!
      To all the readers: Make sure to check out the Cantina Cast on twitter/facebook and iTunes too!

  2. Dan Z & Cory Clubb
    March 21, 2014 at 15:14 Reply

    Very insightful! One of the most perplexing and thought-provoking moments of the Prequels. I still can’t believe I let a Twilight quote slip by, but you are a great writer, so it is as it should be. 🙂

    Dan Z

    1. Becca Benjamin
      March 21, 2014 at 21:14 Reply

      🙂 Thanks for the great grade, Teach 😉
      No, seriously, thank you for the wonderful compliment.

      Twilight quote? Really? Where? 😉
      Again, thanks! Happy to hear you enjoyed the read.

  3. Jay Krebs
    March 21, 2014 at 15:18 Reply

    I will certainly defend you against any poodoo-slingers when it comes to my other beloved saga – TWILIGHT!!

    Seriously – I do think there are a lot of haters out there on the Twilight Saga, but possibly for the same reasons some people think Star Wars is all about space wars, weird beings and laser-sword-looking-thingies…they don’t get the deeper meaning of the story!!

    I really do love the tie-in between the two sagas. I’ve never even considered the idea that the pregnancy could’ve been incompatible with Padme’s body, but the intensive Force-presence of the two infants inside her could certainly have drained her of her own life-essence! To me, this is a more acceptable idea than “she just lost the will to live.” I never bought that for a single second. Padme was just too strong, too…stubborn, if you will, to simply give up on something so incredibly important in her life, regardless of whether Anakin would’ve been there to help her raise the twins or not.

    Excellent ideas, here! I think I need to process this a bit more and revisit you again soon…

    1. Becca Benjamin
      March 21, 2014 at 21:20 Reply

      Hey, Jay! 🙂
      Thanks for having my back, Babe 🙂

      Yes, there ARE a lot of HATERS out there and I do believe it is mainly due to ignorance and fear. Ahem….Fear leads to the Dark Side 😉

      I’m so thrilled you enjoyed my comparison between Padme and Bella! As I said earlier via phone, it didn’t dawn on me right away. It was not until after several viewings did it HIT me, like an iron fist to Clovis’s jaw 😉 lol!

      I also agree, Padme was very strong willed and stubborn too. Giving up was not in her nature.

      Thanks for reading, my dear 🙂 I really do appreciate it.

  4. pambruchwalski
    March 21, 2014 at 17:06 Reply

    You’re most definitely NOT the only one who feels that way about that dialogue, Becca! 🙂

    I guess I’ve always gone with the idea that Padme was ultimately killed by Palpatine because she was a threat to his new creation’s Sithy-ness if she lived. But I truly love your comparison to Bella…

    An aside: I LOVE TWILIGHT, AND I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT!

    I even love Bella, so THERE, haters!

    Anyway…The idea that Padme’s pregnancy was in some way incompatible with her body the way Bella’s was with hers makes a lot of sense, actually. But I would still have to say that it’s incompatible BECAUSE of the Dark Side somehow. In Bella’s case, we know exactly why her human body couldn’t safely house a vampire pregnancy. But why couldn’t Padme’s handle the Force? Why would the Force drain her of her life? I mean, we all know that our kids suck the life out of us (RIM SHOT!), but kidding aside…why? I have to think about this some more.

    Love your Bella quote.

    The thought that to be a hero in the SW, Twilight, or any other saga, a mom has to sacrifice herself, always bothers me, and I do NOT buy it. Padme didn’t just give up the will to live. NO WAY! I think that’s part of why I love Twilight so much. Bella was meant to be a vampire and did what she did to BE her best self…for her kids, her husband, and for herSELF!

    You go, Bella!

    Great comparison, Becca!

  5. Becca Benjamin
    March 21, 2014 at 21:32 Reply

    🙂 Pam 🙂 !!! Yay!
    Sorry, just a little excited….miss you.

    Thanks so much for finding the time to read my blog, Pam 🙂

    Again, I’m THRILLED that you also enjoyed my Bella comparison. It’s kinda funny, if it wasn’t for my oldest child, I would have never seen or had any interest in the Twilight Saga. And yes, I do find many similarities between the two sagas.

    Thinking solely on the pregnancy alone, it really is plausible. After all, Padme was not a force sensitive, as far as we know 😉 So being pregnant with two, highly force sensitive beings, it only makes sense that her body couldn’t contain such power. Delving even further, these “beings” were the offspring of the “chosen one”…..with the highest midi-chlorian count ever known in the GFFA.

    Thanks again, Pam 🙂 I appreciate the read and the comment.

  6. Jay Krebs
    March 21, 2014 at 22:37 Reply

    I’m still giggling about Pam’s response “we all know our kids suck the life out of us (RIM SHOT)”…classic!

    After re-reading this entry and its comments, and reflecting on our conversation, I think you nailed it when you said that Padme was vessel FOR the Force – in this case, the twins – to come to healthy fruition.

    As you pointed out, her name means something…George Lucas did not choose anything blindly when it came to his storytelling, symbolization, etc. Her name – Padme – is part of a chant that is believed by some to help cleanse negative karma.

    Our Padme could have been used to help cleanse the negative Force from the galaxy by bearing the twins, and just as one stops repeating the chant once the cleansing is achieved, Padme’s life was no longer needed once the twins were born.

    Wow – that’s really deep! One may argue that I’m reaching, here!

    ….Still, I think it’s a more plausable explaination than “she lost the will to live.”

    1. Becca Benjamin
      March 22, 2014 at 12:38 Reply

      “Suck the LIFE out of us” (RIM SHOT) – Indeed 😉 lol!

      Ah, the “Vessel” theory, it does fit and yes, George had a Reason/Meaning behind everything; especially with Names.
      Let me just add, strictly using the novelization of ROTS. When Anakin thinks of Padme, she is almost always described as, “his BRIGHTEST secret.”

      What does that tell you?

      In most cases, Secrets are typically “Dark” and not “good” in nature…because then WHY must it be kept behind closed doors?

      Now, with the twins, that was a different scenario. Their birth is the classic case of: sometimes Good things happen out of Bad situations. Not sure if I’m saying that right, lol….quite possibly I’m just rambling now.

      Great thoughts/ Great conversation 🙂
      Thanks Jay! <3

  7. Jeff McGee
    March 22, 2014 at 00:20 Reply

    another thought-provoking blog that makes my mutterings seem mundane. I tend to gravitate toward your soulmates theory, it makes more sense to me, and it makes the story even more tragic.

    The idea that Padme had served her purpose in The Force and was then “discarded” is extremely troubling to me, it seems to reinforce the notion that she is just a walking womb in the 3rd film, and I just have a hard time believing that the force that controls the universe is so quick to use beings and then not allow them to live the full lives they desire after their usefulness is depleted. It seems like such a callous sentiment that I just can’t go along without having some very large reservations about the nature of The Force.

    By contrast, your soulmates theory underscores the depth of their connection, how it fed them both, but ultimately it was that obsession with one another that caused their world to collapse upon itself. I believe that Padme knew she’d lost Anakin when she saw him on Mustafar, and that realization, along with the tremendous physical toll the birth of the twins had on her, is what ultimately caused her death.

    Ok, I’m gonna go build some more Legos now.

    1. Becca Benjamin
      March 22, 2014 at 13:01 Reply

      Hello there, Jeff 🙂

      The “soul-mates” theory is probably the one Mr. Lucas intended on. Just my opinion, not sure if it’s Strong enough for the fans to buy into, well most of them.

      Believe it or not, that’s really how I always viewed it, until recently.

      Back in the blogging days of “Hyperspace” on the Star Wars site, my blogger name was ViagoAngel2 (because I originally thought little Ani said, “moons of Viago” not “Iego”) and my heading/title was “Were Anakin and Padme really one?” Yeah, I know, Puke lol!

      Seriously, at the time, I truly believed one could not live without the other and honestly, I still tend to sway in that belief. Anakin made it clear many times that he could NOT lose her….not so sure how Padme felt, at least on that deep of a level.

      As far as saying, “discarded” that’s not entirely what I meant. It’s difficult to put into words. The Force selected her as a “vessel”, for lack of a better term, and her body protected/housed the Hope of the entire Galaxy.

      Also, what would be left for her if she would have survived?
      Not much, really.
      The twins would have been taken from her regardless. She would never be able to raise them, love them as her own, and have a “normal” life. It would have been impossible.
      Even so, what about Vader? He would have never let her go, the hunt for her would continue. Then what? Her options would be the same as Obi-wan’s, either you’re with him (Vader) or against him.

      So yes, what you said in your comment IS true, from a certain point of view 😉 The internal agony of her world being turned upside down, was her demise….

      Legos? Star Wars Legos?
      BTW, have you seen the movie yet?

      1. Jeff McGee
        March 22, 2014 at 13:32 Reply

        Wait, he did NOT say “moons of Viago”????

        Your point about her life after the twins’ birth is one I had not considered. I assumed she would have been a driving force behind the rebellion being founded, and losing her twins would have made he a battle-hardened Sarah Connor-type, so that when the Terminator showed up she could take him out…I think I lost my path on that statement, but you get my point. She wouldn’t have been the Padme that we know and (some of us) love, so perhaps her legacy IS best preserved with her death. Great, now I have MORE thinking to do. It’s the weekend, for crying out loud!

        One point I failed to make is that it’s heartening to hear that Padme is your favorite, since apparently she and I are one and the same.

        And no, I still haven’t seen The Lego Movie. It’s ridiculous, I know. I’m ashamed of myself.

        1. Becca Benjamin
          March 23, 2014 at 19:26 Reply

          You must see the Lego movie…It’s AWESOME 😉

          Yes, unfortunately it was NOT “Moons of Viago” and I am very embarrassed by that lol!

          Hmmmmm….a Sarah Connor-type Padme? Interesting idea, she always was a great shot 😉 Although, she has that “nurturing” way about her, so it’s hard to picture her as a hardcore gunslinger.

          One in the same?
          Ok, your worshipfulness 🙂

  8. Joe Taylor
    March 22, 2014 at 09:25 Reply

    Hmmmm… Lots to ponder.

    As had been said, the idea of Padmé losing the will to live annoys me. I’m not a parent, especially a mother, so I have no idea what’s it’s like to bring a child into this world, but I’m sure I would give my life to protect that kid.

    I’m not sure how I feel about the Force using her and then tossing her aside.

    As I said. A lot to think about. Meditate on this, I will. I will get back to you.

    1. Becca Benjamin
      March 22, 2014 at 13:09 Reply

      Hey Joe 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by to read and to comment, I really do appreciate it!

      You’re right too, any parent would lay down their own life for the sake of the child. It’s natural I guess, or just instinct.

      I look forward to your thoughts, my friend.
      Enjoy your weekend!

  9. troy metzler
    March 23, 2014 at 14:11 Reply

    I really had a problem with Padme’s death. Leia’s memories made me think she was going to live a little longer. Ultimately, I know it had to happen to help push Anakin over the edge. I do like your “Twilight” theory about her body not being capable of not just one, but two “Force”ful births. Another thought, since this was “a long time ago in a galaxy far away”, doctors (even if droids) could have had different mannerisms for medical situations. “She had lost the will to live” could have been a more propfessional way to say “this is a complicated situation, and she will not survive”.

    This could explain why Leia was able to carry her twins without consequence. She had her own strength with the Force. Granted, Han’s midichlorian count was that of “scoundrel” not Jedi.

    Now the other question, how did Anakin not sense twins? Leia said she could feel Jaina and Jacen communicating in the womb. You’d think Anakin would have felt the presence of both Luke and Leia.

    Please, I know nothing but a few things form the Expanded Universe. Heck, I just had Wookieepedia inform me that Jacen Solo becomes a Sith lord – Darth Cadeus. Now I have to question the destiny of Skywalker blood that much more.

    Geez, thanks Padme for what you started…

    1. Becca Benjamin
      March 23, 2014 at 20:07 Reply

      Darth T 🙂
      Thank you so much for reading my brooding blog and commenting too. I really do appreciate it 🙂
      You definitely brought some awesome, challenging, and insightful ideas to the table. Impressive, very impressive.

      A “complicated situation”, this is an amazing catch! It definitely makes a lot of sense, especially when Obi-wan and Dexter make the distinction between, Knowledge and Wisdom.

      You’re right about Leia, her body was definitely more suited for the situation than her Mother’s. Nothing physical, obviously referring to the Force. Which makes even more sense about Leia’s ability to “hear” her children communicating in the womb.
      That would, by all means, be a “Force Thing.”

      As for Anakin not possessing that same power, it could have something to do with him not being the “vessel”; pregnant. Quite possibly, it was/would be a “Maternal Force” skill. Also, during that time period, most Jedi ability to “sense” was clouded by the Dark Side. Not positive, but that might have had something to do with it.

      Now, the Legacy of the Skywalker blood….that’s quite the mystery, isn’t it? With young Jacen following his Grandfather’s footsteps, one must really question the true path of the Skywalker lineage. Although, not sure of Padme is to blame 😉 lol!

  10. Troy Metzler
    March 23, 2014 at 14:16 Reply

    I really had a problem with Padme’s death. Leia’s memories made me think she was going to live a little longer. Ultimately, I know it had to happen to help push Anakin over the edge. I do like your “Twilight” theory about her body not being capable of not just one, but two “Force”ful births. Another thought, since this was “a long time ago in a galaxy far away”, doctors (even if droids) could have had different mannerisms for medical situations. “She had lost the will to live” could have been a more propfessional way to say “this is a complicated situation, and she will not survive”.

    This could explain why Leia was able to carry her twins without consequence. She had her own strength with the Force. Granted, Han’s midichlorian count was that of “scoundrel” not Jedi.

    Now the other question, how did Anakin not sense twins? Leia said she could feel Jaina and Jacen communicating in the womb. You’d think Anakin would have felt the presence of both Luke and Leia.

    Please, I know nothing but a few things form the Expanded Universe. Heck, I just had Wookieepedia inform me that Jacen Solo becomes a Sith lord – Darth Cadeus. Now I have to question the destiny of Skywalker blood that much more.

    Geez, thanks Padme for what you started…

  11. Lisa
    March 25, 2014 at 23:42 Reply

    At the risk of Dan re-thinking my whole position here…. I LOVE Twilight, too! Team Edward forever! 😉

    I never drew the parallel between the pregnancies of Bella and Padme before. Interesting way to look at it. Of course, Bella was stronger for it, while Padme just faded away….. Also, Shmi carried a Force sensitive child to term – the strongest ever! – and she survived. Guess those desert types are made of tougher stuff. 😉

    I’m childless, of course, but I remember well the love of my own mother – and I always have a hard time with the ‘losing the will to live’ line in ROTS. My Mom fought so hard TO LIVE just so she could be there for me as long as her illness would permit. The idea of a mother not fighting for life – especially when she’s otherwise healthy – is something that will forever bug me about Padme. I think your idea of the Force being done with her – that giving birth to the twins was her purpose – could have merit. It just seems cruel, though. Kids need their mom!

    Once again, I’m reading these things late at night, high on cold meds. Hope I made some sense! Nice entry, Becca. Gave my old worn-out brain a workout. 🙂

  12. Becca Benjamin
    March 29, 2014 at 15:04 Reply

    Hi Lisa!
    Sorry so late with my response, life never has a “dull moment” 😉

    No worries about the Twilight fandom, your secret is safe with me 🙂
    I too prefer Edward, Intellect and Wit hold up longer than
    good looks and Braun 😉

    As far as Shmi carrying Anakin to full term, I often wondered if she herself was a
    force sensitive. There’s no Real proof stating that she was or wasn’t, so it is plausible to some degree. Let’s face it, how many “humans” would be able to withstand such brutality from the Sand People for an entire month? Not many.

    The Loosing the Will to Live is hard for any of us to say, “Oh, ok then.” It just wasn’t in Padme’s nature, even though she wasn’t “Afraid to Die”…. that notion was instilled in her long ago. She was just one of the few politicians that would “lay down their own life” for the good of her people.

    Saying that the Force was done with her, is a bit cruel, yes. Although, I’m not sure if that’s entirely true. It’s possible that her sole purpose was to bestow the Twins to the Galaxy and to save the future of the Jedi, restoring balance. Like Obi-wan, she was more powerful in spirit than among the living force. Not to mention, if she had remained alive, Vader would have hunted her down. Knowing this, there’d be no way possible for her to stay with the twins….they would have been separated and she would have been devastated beyond words.

    Thanks for reading and for the very insightful comment too. 🙂

  13. Melinda
    April 5, 2014 at 18:29 Reply

    Becca, you’re my Blog of the Day. 🙂 I’m trying to catch up … able to type only one-handed, I keep my time at the computer to a minimum. 😉

    Wonderful musings! 🙂 It’s no secret to you that I have issues w/GL’s decision to let Padme die of a broken heart. Okay, I could buy that premise if she was some weak-minded woman — but she wasn’t! Here’s a woman who leads the fight, and she falls apart because the man she loved turned out to be someone evil? Anakin sadly was not the man she thought him to be. But is this enough to send her over the edge? When she has the birth of her child(ren) to look forward to? What message does it send that she cannot cope with what Anakin has become — when she already had shown that she could cope with lots of awful situations and scenarios?

    To be perfectly honest, I would rather have seen Anakin do some real physical harm to Padme that ultimately caused her death. That may sound harsh on my part, but that’s my opinion. (I’ve always wondered if GL was going for some too-sweet romantic angle of dying of a broken heart. Yuck!)

    For the record, non-Force users gave birth to Force-sensitive offspring all the time (Shmi tops the list 🙂 ), so I really can’t see how giving birth to Luke and Leia drained Padme’s spirit. (Giving birth to Force-sensitive children – when the parents aren’t – happens a great deal of the time in the EU.)

  14. Melinda
    April 5, 2014 at 18:33 Reply

    May I continue?

    There are no accidents when it comes to names affixed to especially the key characters in the Star Wars Saga. 🙂 Padme’s moniker fits her to a T. 🙂

    As always, Becca, I enjoy reading your musings. Sorry I’m keeping my comments short (for me lol). I know you understand. 🙂

    MTFBWY 😀

  15. jf
    September 2, 2014 at 07:34 Reply

    I love Padme, but I see her as part of the extremely divided world of the prequels, with her dice loaded from the start like every other part of that world.
    Its weird to me that people complain about Padme getting “weaker” as the prequels go on, since the Republic (who she symbolically embodies) also gets weaker, Anakin gets weaker, the Jedi get weaker, and everything gets weaker that’s not Palpatine or Anakin’s shadow self, Vader.

    My interpretation of her death is been that Anakin and Padme are both two tragically incomplete people whose divided social order aggravates their incompleteness and who become manifest as more balanced heroes in their children. Anakin is more selfish and egotistical, but he also has stronger “animal” instincts (including a sense of fear that slides into paranoia as the films progress). On the other hand, Padme is more selfless, sensible, and “heavenly” as opposed to “earthly.” When everything falls apart at end of ROTS, Anakin clings to survival (of his physical self and his family) with crazy energy that backfires while Padme lets go of her earthly life when the spiritual order she has sacrificed so much for collapses around her.

    Padme shows her most instinctive side around Anakin and Anakin exhibits the ability to calm down when he’s close to Padme, but when the twins are born their parents slide apart in opposite directions. Later, its Luke and Leia who combine the abilities to listen to their instincts/inner fire and put family above duty, but who also have the ability to let go when necessary and to show restraint and compassion.

    It occurred to me that while Padme is “not afraid to die” perhaps she is afraid to live. I remember reading somewhere that the greatest acts of courage in battle or achievement in sports and academics are performed when someone completely lets go of need to control the outcome while retaining the presence the keep oneself in the game. I feel like the whole goal of Star Wars is getting us to that place by Episode 6.

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