- Jun 19, 2002
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Palpatine killing Padme to save Anakin doesn't take away the tragedy idea. Anakin still brought about Padme's death by giving in to the dark side of the Force. You could think that Anakin's turn, plus the Force-choke, made Padme susceptible to Palpatine's power of draining the life out of her. Losing the will to live doesn't explain her death, as we see that (as I wrote before) she had hope that there was still good in Anakin, not to mention that she just had two babies.She died of a broken heart. George Lucas isn't the type of screenwriter to have a character say something out loud about their own experience, but have it really be some other thing that the audience has to strain to figure out through attenuated logic.
Anakin turned to the dark side to prevent Padme's death. Ironically, his turn to the dark side brought about the death. Had he not turned to the dark side, would his visions have come true? Probably not. It's supposed to be tragic, I guess. Him making true the prophecy he sought to stop. If Palpatine was the one that caused Padme's death, it defeats the purpose of that plot device.
Unfortunately, we're just going to have to accept that Padme died for the lack of will to live. We don't have to accept it as a good part of the movie.