Anakin and Obi-Wan had forged a relationship and friendship, not unlike many other Jedi masters with their padawans (Ahsoka and Anakin come to mind here as well as Obi-Wan and Luke). A bond that is so strong, it rivaled all other bonds, even with the Force.
And I’ve mentioned this in other posts while traversing the complexity of relationships in the Star Wars universe:
Anyone who has ever been in a relationship that went sour (for whatever reason) might be able to understand the pain that Anakin felt when Obi-Wan referred to him as the brother he loved. Past tense. While this may not seem significant in this scene, it is definitely one of the catalysts in Anakin’s eventual transformation into Darth Vader.
Love turning to hatred is such an essential factor when you think about the Jedi and the Sith and how they view their faith. Does it, therefore, prove that Obi-Wan became a hypocrite by turning on his most beloved friend? Put aside the fact that Obi-Wan was fighting to the death with Anakin. He made the conscious decision to put Anakin into the past with his words:
“You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you!”
If the Jedi are so forgiving, why couldn’t Obi-Wan forgive Anakin for what he did? Why did Obi-Wan leave Anakin to die? Anakin turning to the dark side of the force, while still a choice, could have been something Obi-Wan had the power to change.
Is it safe to say then, that Obi-Wan chose to abandon Anakin when he was at his most vulnerable? I think so. While this is not a way to point fingers of blame anywhere, it is an important consideration given that Obi-Wan loved Anakin as a brother.
I understand why Obi-Wan walked away. But why didn’t he at least try to help Anakin? Instead, he abandoned him and left him for dead. And the only one that came running to Anakin’s rescue was Darth Sidious. Obviously, for the plot to move forward, this scene was required. But it does pose some interesting questions about the Jedi and their meaning of “unconditional love”.
Perhaps if Obi-Wan had chosen to save Anakin instead of leaving him, this entire story could have been a completely different movie:
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