Star Wars The Last Jedi: Luke Throwing His Lightsaber Away Has A Legends Explanation That Might Appease Fans

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One of the most controversial scenes in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is Luke Skywalker throwing away his lightsaber that previously belonged to his father. A lot of fans felt it was so out of character and was purely done for "shock" and even comedic purposes, but here is an explanation that might appease them.

As Star Wars Theory explains in a new video, Luke Skywalker wasn't big on using lightsabers at least in Legends. In the book Star Wars Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force, it is explained that lightsabers bear no direct link to the Force, contrary to the misconception. This was a belief that Luke took to heart.

He believed that while it is the weapon of a Jedi knight, it is not the primary way to settle a dispute. As agents of peace, the Jedi should only resort to the weapon when they are left with no choice. Whenever possible, Luke believed that it was better to outthink and outmaneuver your opponent. In short, Luke thought lightsabers didn't matter all that much.

For Luke, the iconic Star Wars weapon represents the fight that a Jedi wages with himself. He had his lightsaber on his belt not just to be prepared to strike when he needed, but to keep himself from straying from the right path.

It is a reminder that a Jedi always has a choice and that war and violence are not always the answer. It allowed him to resist the temptation of doing anything he wants because then, the lightsaber becomes fueled by selfishness, which is very Sith-like.

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke has lost his belief on the order. After learning the truth about the supposed good guys, he realized that they aren't as righteous as they claim to be.

Perhaps after all these years, seeing the weapon brings back not so fond memories, especially after it was revealed that he gave in to the temptation he worked so hard to avoid when he tried to strike his nephew Ben Solo down in his sleep.

What do you think of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi scene? Does this explanation work better for you?

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