The Clone Wars begin in Episode II. It was a period of time where Anakin developed as a character the most. Without it, Anakin may never have one to the dark side. Anakin grew as much as he did because he fought two wars simultaneously- physically but also emotionally. The physical war may be against the Republic’s enemies and those who stand against the Jedi values, but Anakin grapples with his romantic attachment with his wife, a direct disobedience in accordance with the council. Anakin may be in combat against the Separatists, but his emotions and moral callings fight with them.
There are two strong females who aid him during each battle. His wife, Padme Amidala and his padawan Ahoska Tano. When Anakin first hears that he and his Mater are assigned to protect Senator Padme, during Episode II, Anakin is gitty like a little boy. Apparently not a day had gone by over those ten years apart where he didn’t think of her. There must have been a lot of character development during those ten years to get from the adorable little boy to the girl obsessed Padawan learner. Pondering on Padme every day was a cooping mechanism in disguise for Anakin. How did Anakin come to crave Padme so intensely? It seams quite ridiculous and disturbing, but Anakin is just your tragic romantic hero.
Shmi, his mother, told Anakin with tears in her eyes not to look back as she sent him off to be trained as a Jedi. Anakin loved his mother, dearly as she raised him under terrible oppressed contitions. His attachment to her is more then just a mother child relationship. As he grew in the Jedi Order, she started feeling responsible for her like a abandoned her.He would do anything for his mother including obey her when he doesn’t seam to want to obey any authority over him after he leaves her authority over him. He obeyed his mother by not dwelling on her in his consciousness, but that pain of leaving her was too much to leave unattended. Anakin needed to replace that space in his mind with someone else he cared about. He chose Padme, his angel to fill that void with.
While Anakin is consciously thinking of Padme, he dreams of his mother. He wants to obey his mother by meditating on Padme instead, but his subconscious mind draws him back to the first important women in his life. Could this is the force working in his mind and emotions trying to warn him? Even thought he’s the chosen one, he is not very discerning when it comes to his emotions. The force gave him the tools to be able to rescue his mother, but he pushed it away. This is his greatest weakness. After his mother’s death, Anakin feels regret for ignoring his dreams and he has to live with the fact that he murdered a whole village in his anger.
Anakin should have listened to his emotions and come to terms with them. Stuffing and ignoring them is different then managing them. That is the Jedi way. Once Anakin’s mother dies, his emotions boil over from so much suppression that he can’t help himself but attach onto Padme for support. Shmi’s death gives Anakin to out actions into his affections. It’s the Jedi with their customs and dictations that guilt Anakin for having such strong emotions. The Jedi Order do share some blame for an extreme lack of nurture for Anakin, but forceing him into social customs that ended up harming him. They forget that Anakin had a previous life with painful memories. Most Jedi are brought in at birth, but Anakin experienced a whole different life that keeps him from being objective. He was born a slave, oppressed by a wicked slave driver. Although he was freed from this slavery by Qui Gon, he was thrown back into a group of “slavery”. Anakin feels like a slave under the Jedi’s oppression and conformity. He has never been a free man- until he strikes down every last person who endorsed the Jedi Order. Perhaps he did not strive for power, but freedom.