For my Star Wars Book Month celebration, I am going to host a read-a-long of Darth Plagueis. I’d love for you to join me! The comments might have spoilers for the ending. My discussions in this post are relatively spoiler free.
I’m really sorry I didn’t get to post last weeks discussion! Time got away from me :) I am really behind on my reading. I just started part 3 a few days ago. I haven’t been feeling well, and I can’t stay awake for longer than 10 minutes when I read. It’s been so frustrating! I’m combining the discussion for Part 2 and 3 today. I hope that’s okay.
Today’s discussion questions are:
What did you think of Sith training versus Jedi training?
A few things I noticed on how Plagueis trained Sidious:
*Plagueis points out all of Sidious’ flaws, like Palpatine does later on with Anakin. This is an interesting Dark Side trait. Does focusing too much on our weaknesses make us our worst self?
* The Sith are more interested in making the Force do what they want instead of doing the will of the Force. Jedi have faith that things will work out for the greater good, and Sith want to control things so they work out the way they want them to. This is what turned Anakin to the Dark Side. If Anakin had had faith that Padme would be okay (and made peace with the fact that life would go on even if she wasn’t okay), the ironic thing is she would have survived. Sometimes, life turns out better when we give up our need to control it.
*On page 236, Plagueis says, “Remember why the Sith are more powerful than the Jedi, Sidious: because we are not afraid to feel. We embrace the spectrum of emotions, from the heights of transcendent joy to the depths of hatred and despair. Fearless, we welcome whatever paths the dark side sets us on, and whatever destiny it lays out for us.” I thought that was so interesting. Is it really true? Do they, or even can they, embrace the emotions of compassion and love? I think it’s a huge lie that Jedi never feel hate – they just choose to not act on it. The Sith are in reality a slave to their emotions and therefore have less control and choices than they think. And what about fear? Yoda says fear is the path to the dark side, so why does Plagueis insist that Sith are fearless? It seems kind of backwards to me. It seems to me that what Sidious calls an absence of fear is really just over-confidence, like Luke points out.
*There is no trust whatsoever between master and learner in the Sith training.
Any final thoughts about part 3 and the book as a whole?
Since I haven’t finished yet, I’ll put my final thoughts in the comments. But I’d love to hear what you think about the whole book!
Leave your answers in the comments!
February 5th-11 ~ Part 1: Chapters 1-12
February 12th-18th ~ Part 2: Chapters 13-21
February 19th-28th ~ Part 3: Chapters 22-30
I’m really excited to read this along with all of you! Also, you can get bonus entries in the giveaway if you answer today’s read-a-long question in the comments.