I’ve been using random questions every day to try and write more and so far, so good. I was looking at a blog post on Tumblr just before and then it dawned on me; why not use an image or better still, GIFs as a writing prompt?
So, I’m using these GIFs from a post on Tumblr to exercise with this morning. While it’s not something outside of Star Wars, I’ll use these GIFs to start with and maybe change it up as I go.
To me, it’s interesting because I never really thought about this at all until now, but look at how defiant Rey is in this scene! I mean she is in the Throne Room of her strongest enemy who is masterful in the dark side of the force. Rey just doesn’t care! Not a single bit – she takes Kylo’s lightsaber, and she runs toward Snoke without hesitation. This woman is so convicted, so worthy of being a Jedi, so much so, that even Snoke praises her conviction. Snoke acknowledges Rey’s “spirit of a true Jedi” although, a compliment coming from someone like Snoke would always have a double meaning.
Let’s look at Kylo Ren and his scene from The Last Jedi where he is using a similar conviction to attack his uncle, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker:
Without knowing anything about these two characters, the only thing we would see that these two people genuinely dislike the person they’re running towards. But of course, it goes so much deeper than that, especially for Kylo. There is no mistake that it is Kylo Ren, Supreme Leader of the First Order that is charging towards Luke. Some people on Tumblr tag him as Ben Solo. In this particular scene, they couldn’t be farthest from the truth.
In this scene, Kylo Ren is charging towards Luke with all the anger, hate and pain that he’s been fighting with since he first turned on Luke back at the Jedi Temple. You don’t really think about this when you’re watching – at least I didn’t. It’s so easy to get caught up in the moment! When I see this scene, I genuinely feel sorry for Kylo Ren because he thinks he is going to get the chance that he has been waiting for; the opportunity to turn on his old mentor and finally put an end to the Jedi Order. Kylo Ren would become the heir apparent Snoke mocked him about, he would become the all-powerful Jedi Killer. But no, in true Jedi style, Luke takes this opportunity and robs Kylo of his moment to shine, turning this vengeful act on its head, speaking words of forgiveness like only a true Jedi could. It’s even sadder because we know that Luke and Kylo Ren are bound by blood, something stronger than hate and pain and anger. I believe that while everyone was thinking about the redemption of Ben Solo, the only thing I take from this scene is the redemption of Luke Skywalker from the pain he believes he caused which fueled Ben’s suffering and only helped to reinforce Ben’s decision to turn to the dark side of the force.