Why did Anakin turn to the dark side?

Anakin’s journey to becoming Darth Vader is one of film’s most iconic stories, as it shows the battle between good and bad, as well as how evil was able to consume him.

Anakin Skywalker was a human male Jedi Knight of the Galactic Republic and the prophesied Chosen One of the Jedi Order, destined to bring balance to the Force. A hero of the Clone Wars, Anakin was a caring and compassionate man, however, his competitiveness and lust for power proved to be his downfall. He also suffered many losses in his life, and was determined to stop that from happening again, even if that meant giving himself over to the dark side.

Jedi Speeder and Anakin Skywalker

The most monumental incident that solidified his change into Darth Vader was when he unintentionally killed his wife, Padme. He choked Padme because of his anger at what he perceived to be a collusion between her and Obi-wan to assassinate him. Later, seeing Padme lose consciousness gave him the chance to refocus his anger on Obi-wan, as he believed it was Obi-wan and Obi-wan alone who came up with the massive betrayal plan.

After some time, Padme was able to deliver her twins, Luke and Laya, and passed away shortly after complications caused by the suffocation. After her death, Darth Vader had a conversation with his Emperor, where he was told that he had killed her out of anger. It was at that point that he realised that she had died at his hands, leading to him believing that he had nothing else to live for.

Darth Vader is known as one of the most iconic villains in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and is synonymous with the Star Wars franchise. His costume has also been noted as legendary because it helped conceal his identity for years, until he revealed that Luke was his son during the climax.