Why did Anakin turn to the dark side?

Star Wars fans have come up with various theories on why Anakin switched sides, but the most practical theory blames Palpatine, The Order’s values and Anakin’s personality.

Star Wars is an American epic franchise created by George Lucas. It premiered in 1977 and became a worldwide phenomenon soon thereafter. In the original prequel trilogy of the films, fans witnessed the primary protagonist, Anakin Skywalker, turn into the primary antagonist, Darth Vader. There have been several theories about why he turned into a villain.

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The clearest explanation is that Palpatine manipulated Anakin to turn to the dark side as he exhibited an early interest in Anakin. In The Phantom Menace, Palpatine said to Anakin, “We will watch your career with great interest.” Palpatine also capitalized on Anakin’s insecurities of losing his wife, Padme. Anakin’s attachment and fear of losing Padme form the central motivation for him turning to the dark side. Anakin aligned himself with Palpatine and learned abilities in order to save his wife. Anakin then fell deeper into the dark side and ended up killing Padme.

Another possible reason why he turned is his violent personality. Through out the prequels, fans witnessed shards of anger in Anakin’s personality. He often reacted to situations with aggression. His personality traits alone did not transform him into Vader, but they possibly made him vulnerable to falling into Palpatine’s trap. Without these vulnerabilities, Anakin would have possibly seen through Palpatine’s lies, thus dealing with his fears about losing Padme more productively.

The final step to his transformation to Vader and evil ways lied in the manner in which the Jedi Order treated Anakin. There were conflicting values between Anakin and the Jedi Order. While Anakin valued attachment, the Jedi believed it would lead to anger, frustration and fear associated with the dark side. Anakin was struggling with this disagreement because he wanted to be a Jedi, but at the same time, he wanted to take care of his wife. This ultimately led him to the dark side.

It all makes sense, Anakin was devoted to saving his wife, but the Jedi were depriving him of ways to save her. Palpatine then offered him a way to save Padme, but Anakin had to sacrifice his allegiance to the Jedi while doing the necessary evil in order to turn to the dark side. While in rage, Anakin killed Padme. Anakin felt he could not return to the Jedi after all he had done. He believed that the order did not trust him. Therefore, Anakin ultimately remained on the dark side.