Studying Skywalkers: Themes in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones


The conundrum that is attachment is at the crux of Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala’s internal conflict throughout Attack of the Clones. The motif of forbidden love is a popular one in literature, and causes a major rift in Anakin Skywalker’s psyche. He speaks of Padmé being in his “very soul,” and expresses sincere frustration that they cannot be together as a couple. This longing is a catalyst for attachment, which is, of course, also forbidden.

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