Darth Vader: The Villain Redeemed

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photo by Mike

By Jennifer Hallmark

When we think of villains, Darth Vader has all the qualities. He dresses in black, has a deep throaty voice enhanced with ragged breathing, and desires ultimate power and control. Hence, the villain personified.

In the movies, he destroys a generation of children to start his descent into evil. Darth Vader turns on his friends, spouse, and even his own children, builds weapons of mass destruction, and blows up an entire planet [with help from Grand Moff Tarkin, another awesome bad guy].

In the last movie, Darth Vader’s son, Luke Skywalker, decides there is good in his newly found father and must save him. Thus begins the redemption of Darth Vader back to who he really was, Anakin Skywalker.

When it comes to writing a novel, the concept of a redeemed villain can make for a great story. Can you think of other great stories where the villain is redeemed? How about Ebenezer Scrooge in the novel “A Christmas Carol?” Can you think of any others?

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