Luke Skywalker

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The Blue in this spiritual portrait represents Luke's dominant personality trait, his openness to ideas and optimistic vision of the future. In Extraverts, the dominant trait is directed outwardly, and spiritual portraits use a long vertical line to represent this, because it is the side of their personality that is most evident. Luke demonstrates this trait when he gets Yoda to train him in the ways of the Force so he can help fight for the ideal of freedom for everyone in the galaxy.

The Green in this spiritual portrait represents Luke's auxiliary personality trait, his rationality, objectivity, and cool-headedness. In Extraverts, the auxiliary trait is directed inwardly, and spiritual portraits use a horizontal line to represent this. Luke demonstrates this trait when he remains calm, focused, and unemotional in crisis situations. One such situation occurs when Jabba the Hutt tries to execute him, Han Solo, and Chewbacca to the sarlacc in the Great Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine.

Jedi Apprentice and Twin Brother of Leia Organa

When Luke Skywalker was a child growing up on the remote planet of Tatooine, he didn't realize he ....

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Luke Skywalker:
The Story

When Luke Skywalker was a child growing up on the remote planet of Tatooine, he didn't realize he had a twin sister and the potential to become a Jedi Knight.

All this changes one day when he and his uncle purchase two droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO. R2-D2 is on a mission to deliver a message to Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the Galactic Empire is determined to stop the droid.

Had Enough of Tatooine

The message is from Princess Leia, who is part of the Rebel Alliance. She is desperate for Obi-Wan's help in the fight for freedom against the Galactic Empire. Obi-Wan asks Luke to help him help the Princess, but Luke resists — at first.

When Luke returns home, he learns the Empire has been there searching for R2-D2 and killed Luke's adoptive parents, brutally burning their bodies to a crisp — likely while they were still alive. Luke reconsiders Obi-Wan's offer to help Princess Leia, and now tells Obi-Wan he's had enough of Tatooine:

I want to come with you to Alderaan. There's nothing for me here now. I want to learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi like my father.
 — Luke in Episode IV: A New Hope, 1977.

Luke has obviously felt stifled growing up on such a remote planet, and he was clearly horrified when he saw how the Empire murdered his adoptive parents in cold blood. When Obi-Wan tells him he'll have to sell his speeder, Luke responds somewhat bitterly, That's okay. I'm never coming back to this planet again.

Learning About the Force

Luke Skywalker's spiritual portrait, like those of his friend Obi-Wan Kenobi and his mentor Yoda, contains a lot of Blue. As with the other Jedi, the Blue represents his strong preference for ideas rather than facts.

For the Jedi, the single most important idea is, without question, what they call the Force. On their mission to help Princess Leia, Luke manages to learn a few essentials about the Force from Obi-Wan before Obi-Wan is killed by Darth Vader.

Years later, while at a resistance base on a remote planet, Luke is lost in a snowstorm and has fallen down face-first in the snow. He is only semi-conscious when the force ghost of Obi-Wan — who Luke grew up thinking was named Ben — appears to him, as if in a vision.

Obi-Wan Kenobi's Force Ghost: Luke. Luke!
Luke Skywalker: Ben?
Obi-Wan: You will go to the Dagobah system.
Luke: Dagobah system.
Obi-Wan: There you will learn from Yoda, the Jedi Master who instructed me.
Luke: Ben! [Obi-Wan's image fades, replaced by the real live Han Solo.]
 — From Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980.

Once Luke makes his way to Dagobah and finds Yoda, his training in the ways of the Force starts in earnest.

A Crash Course in the Jedi Way

On Dagobah, Luke Skywalker is a bit skeptical at first, assuming that if Yoda is a great warrior then he must be big. After having some fun with Luke's prejudices, the very small Yoda works to open Luke's mind — with lessons such as wars not make one great — and pushes him to learn Jedi ideals and skills.

Yoda: A Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger. Fear. Aggression. The dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow. Quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan's apprentice.
Luke: Vader - Is the dark side stronger?
Yoda: No! No, no. Quicker. Easier. More seductive.
Luke: How am I to know the good side from the bad?
Yoda: You will know when you are calm, at peace, passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never attack.
 — From Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980.

During one lesson, Luke's spaceship suddenly sinks into the swamp, causing him to lose his concentration and drop everything. After failing to convince Luke he can raise the starship, Yoda impresses his padawan by doing it himself:

Luke Skywalker: Oh no. We'll never get it out now.
Yoda: So certain are you. [Sighs.] Always with you it cannot be done. Do you not listen to what I say?
Luke: Master, moving stones around is one thing, this is totally different.
Yoda: No! No different! Only different in your mind! You must unlearn, what you have learned.
Luke: Alright, I'll give it a try.
Yoda: No! Try not! Do! Or do not! There is no try.
Luke: [Breathing heavily, after trying to levitate his ship out of the swamp, starting to succeed, then giving up.] I can't. It's too big.
Yoda: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Huh? Hmm. And well you should not! For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us, and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you. Here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere! Yes, even between the land and the ship.
Luke: You want the impossible! [Walks away.]
Yoda: [Concentrates and uses the Force to raise the spaceship out of the swamp.]
Luke: I - I don't believe it!
Yoda: That, is why you fail.
 — From Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980.

Luke cuts his training short when he senses his new friends, Leia and Han, are in trouble. First Yoda tries to convince him, then Obi-Wan's force ghost appears and they both try to talk him out of trying to rescue them, but they are unsuccessful.

Learning to Make Logical Decisions

The Green in Luke Skywalker's spiritual portrait represents his preference for making logical rather than emotional decisions. Luke's preference is very slight, and indeed, logical decision making is one of the skills Yoda is teaching him.

Luke's decision to help his friends rather than follow Yoda's and Obi-Wan's advice to complete his training is based on his concern for their well-being. His emotional decision to not complete his training is at least partially the result of his training being incomplete.

Once Luke finishes his training he becomes much more calm, confident, rational, and decisive. He frees Han Solo by defeating Jabba the Hutt, then goes on to stand up to Emporer Palantine — who is also known as Darth Sidious:

Luke Skywalker: I'll never turn to the dark side. You've failed, Your Highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.
Darth Sidious: So be it, Jedi.
 — From Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, 1983.

The Emporer is strong and almost defeats Luke, but fortunately his faith is rewarded — this time.

Are All Jedi the Same?

Luke Skywalker's spiritual portrait looks very much like the portraits of Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi. All three have a lot of Blue, representing their idealistic view of the Force, and Green, representing their preference for making calm, rational, logical decisions.

Whether the Jedi are born this way or it is a result of their training is difficult to say. Wanting the Jedi to have these traits could certainly be a good reason for starting their training early.

When he is training Luke, Yoda encourages him to be mindfulMind what you have learned, save you it can! — and keep his negative emotions under control: Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Fully embracing values such as these, for example, by making them habitual through extensive training as a child, could make anyone's spiritual portrait look more like a Jedi's.

Based on the examples provided and this short analysis of them, it certainly seems possible that all Jedi would have similar personalities and spiritual portraits. Fans would be well-advised, of course, to not assume too much.

The Good, the Bad, and the Jedi

It is important to realize that mindful, calm, rational, and idealistic people are not necessarily virtuous. Just because someone has this sort of personality doesn't mean they are a good guy.

Moreover, the Jedi are virtuous not because they have ideals, but because their ideals are virtuous.

To learn more about morality, virtue, good, and bad in Star Wars, see Star Wars Psychology: The Dark Side of the Mind.


About This Portrait

This spiritual portrait is based on the Star Wars original trilogy:

The book Star Wars Psychology: The Dark Side of the Mind, by Travis Langley and with a forward by Carrie Goldman, was also helpful in creating these portraits. This excellent book is a collection of immensely entertaining and enlightening essays and if you are a fan of Star Wars, I recommend it highly!