Episode II: The Road of Trials
As Anakin Skywalker cradles his dead mother in his arms, his emotions struggle with his intellect, and he faces his first true test as a Jedi. Though Anakin knows that anger and hatred lead to the Dark Side, the rage he feels as he kneels beside his mother’s body smothers his grief. His fury also brings an enormous sense of power, and Anakin, unable to let go of his anger, allows himself to revel in that power, slaughtering the Tusken Raiders who kidnapped his mother, giving himself so freely to his hatred that he never even hears his old Master Qui-Gon’s anguished plea from beyond the grave for him to stop. In moments it is over, and Anakin’s rage is replaced by sadness and remorse deeper than any he has ever felt before. Anakin knows he has failed a crucial test, and as he clips his lightsaber to his belt and steps into the night, the young Jedi feels a shadow fall across his soul.
“There will come increasingly difficult trials,and to succeed, you must give up what you’re hanging on to…”