The Yellow in this spiritual portrait represents Anakin's dominant trait, his pragmatism. In Introverts, the dominant function is directed inwardly, and spiritual portraits use a long horizontal line to represent this. This trait is evident in Anakin's superior ability to pilot all types of flying craft.
The Green in this spiritual portrait represents Anakin's auxiliary trait, his rationality. In Introverts, the auxiliary function is directed outwardly, and spiritual portraits use a vertical line to represent this, because it is more evident than the dominant function. This trait is evident in Anakin's ability to kill others, ultimately without feeling any remorse whatsoever.
Jedi Knight and Darth Vader
After Qui-Jon's death, Anakin becomes the padawan apprentice of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Anakin eventually marries his childhood crush Padme Amidala — strictly on the down-low, then succumbs to dark side of the Force in a futile effort to save her from harm.
Anakin's spiritual portrait contains a lot of Green, which represents his rationality, and Yellow, which represents his pragmatism. Padme Amidala's image is the opposite, containing predominantly Red, representing her passion, and Blue, representing her idealism.
Padme's and Anakin's images are colorful — indicating their preferences are moderate — so they share plenty of common ground. In fact, as is commonly the case, these psychological opposites fuel a strong attraction between the two.
It is interesting to see how, at least as far as this simple yet revealing analysis goes, the dynamic between Anakin and Padme's personalities is analogous to the dynamic that existed between Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
The System Is Broken
The large amounts of Green and Red in Anakin's spiritual portrait show he is decisive. His preference for rational decisions, represented by the Green, is only slightly stronger than — and constantly at odds with — his preference for making emotional decisions.
While he and Padme frolic in a meadow on Naboo, he tells her how he thinks the
system is broken, but he's not quite sure how to fix it. He is sure that
someone wise should take over and somehow force people into agreement:
Anakin Skywalker: I don't think the system works.
Padme Amidala: How would you have it work?
Anakin: We need a system where the politicians sit down and discuss the problem, agree what's in the best interest of all the people, and then do it.
Padme: That's exactly what we do. The trouble is that people don't always agree.
Anakin: Well then they should be made to.
Padme: By whom? Who's going to make them?
Anakin: I don't know. Someone.
Anakin: Of course not me.
Padme: But someone.
Anakin: Someone wise.
Padme: Sounds an awful lot like a dictatorship to me.
— From Episode II: Attack of the Clones, 2002.
It certainly does sound like Anakin is in favor of some sort of dictatorship. It also sounds like their differences in opinion might grow more difficult to ignore as their relationship progresses.
As Anakin Skywalker progresses in his Jedi training, his powerful emotions — his lingering anger over the death of his Mother and now his intense love for Padme — are constantly at odds with his desire to be a calm, rational Jedi. Anakin's situation brings to mind the conflict Thomas Jefferson felt between his head and his heart when he met the enchanting Maria Cosway.
Ultimately, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine exploits Anakin's emotions — especially his fear of losing Padme — in the Chancellor's insidious quest for
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine: Learn to know the dark side of the Force, and you will be able to save your wife from certain death.
Anakin Skywalker: What did you say?
Palpatine: Use my knowledge. I beg you.
Anakin: [Activates his light sabre.] You're the Sith lord.
Palpatine: I know what's been troubling you. Listen to me. Don't continue to be a pawn of the Jedi Council. Ever since I've known you, you've been searching for a life greater than that of an ordinary Jedi. A life of significance, of conscience. Are you going to kill me?
Anakin: I would certainly like to.
Palpatine: I know you would. I can feel your anger. It gives you focus, makes you stronger.
Anakin: [De-activates his light sabre.] I'm going to turn you over to the Jedi Council.
Palpatine: Of course. You should. But you're not sure of their intentions, are you?
Anakin: I will quickly discover the truth of all this.
Palpatine: You have great wisdom, Anakin. Know the power of the dark side. Power to save Padme.
— From Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith, 2005.
Unfortunately, Palpatine succeeds — at least initially. In the long run, well, family ties and the desire for redemption can be very powerful, so, stay tuned for the next episode!
Anakin and Padme, and Palpatine
The prequel trilogy gives fans the background stories for characters in the original trilogy. Finally fans get to meet Luke and Leia's parents and see their passionate, illicit, and turbulent relationship.
The spiritual portraits in the prequel gallery on this site reveal how the opposing preferences in Anakin's and Padme's personalities fuel their strong mutual attraction. Sheev Palpatine's image is also enlightening, allowing a glimpse into the mind of a person whose ambition has morphed into a sadistic lust for
If you enjoyed looking at these images, and want to see the spiritual portraits of other Star Wars characters, be sure to visit the gallery for the original trilogy and the gallery of Jedi and droids.
About This Portrait
This spiritual portrait is based on the Star Wars prequel trilogy:
- Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 1999
- Episode II: Attack of the Clones, 2002
- Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, 2005
The book Star Wars Psychology: The Dark Side of the Mind, by Travis Langley and with a forward by Carrie Goldman, was also helpful in creating these portraits. This excellent book is a collection of immensely entertaining and enlightening essays and if you are a fan of Star Wars, I recommend it highly!