Darth Vader's Psychological Profile Essay

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Alex K.
Ms. Fitzgibbons
Adv. Psychology-C
October 31, 2011
A Psychological Analysis of the Character of Darth Vader The Star Wars franchise has enlightened us about visions of the possible future; from flying cities to powerful weapons that can destroy entire planets. The mystical Jedi, the guardians of the Galactic Republic and users of the light side, fighting the Sith, evil warriors of cunning and treachery who use the dark side, both of whom wield the Force, an interconnecting of all living things, set up the back-story to this space epic. However, the one character that has been given the most depth is, the one that the movie series chooses to focus on: Darth Vader. “More machine than man, twisted and evil” (Episode
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Another time, a virus from an Imperial research facility was accidentally released, and “the city around the lab had been ‘sterilized.’ Sterilized, as in: baked torched, seared, burned to cinders; houses, buildings, streets, parks – And people” (Perry 27). Vader had been personally in charge of this process. “It had been a close call, but the cost had been relatively minor- in the opinion of the Empire. In Darth Vader’s opinion” (Perry 27). And again, in order to inspire fear in a local populace, he bombed a civilian city, even though there weren’t any military targets (Perry 252). After Vader’s defeat at the first Death Star, he became obsessed with capturing Luke Skywalker, his son, in order to “bring him to the dark side” (Perry 305), exclaiming to the Emperor, “He will join us or die…” (Perry 3). Vader’s persistence in this also revolved around a major precept of the Sith: that the apprentice will eventually kill the master. When, according to Vader’s plan, he met Luke again, “[h]e would defeat the boy and bring him to the dark side. They would be in accord, father and son. And when that happened, nothing in the galaxy could stop them” (Perry 216). Because Vader was an agent of death and destruction, he considered himself a “warrior. And as such, he would prefer to plant himself in the path of an advancing army alone…” (Perry 151). He believed that “[s]triking a man down with your blade was clean and honorable. Shooting him in

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