I was thinking about this earlier, and I have come to the conclusion that the armor worn by Darth Vader and the body sustain by this armor is a symbol of the character of Anakin Skywalker. By character, I am referring to Anakin's behavior, and any related thoughts and feelings that he experiences throughout the Star Wars Saga. Darth Vader's armor represents strength and power. Anakin posseses each of these attributes. He is tremendously gifted with the Force, and is both a character of great physical strength and strength of will. He did afterall, manage to break free of the restrictions imposed on him by Palpatine and Dark Side. The armor represents something else, however. It is a cover-up of Anakin's more delicate and sensitive side. Though Anakin comes across as a brash, cocky individual, this is merely a facade, a shield that covers up what lies beneath. Underneath Vader's armor lives a fragile individual. This fragility or weakness represents the feelings of insecurity that Anakin struggles with. Though, as stated aboice, he comes across as being sure of himself, it becomes clear that he faces many of the same doubts as those of us who don't have even a fraction of his ability. Like the man beneath the armor, Anakin Skywalker is fragile. And just as his body was dependent upon the suit to sustain his body after his accident, Anakin depends on others to sustain him as a person. In AOTC, we learn that Anakin and Obi-Wan don't always agree. They argue frequently, and fail to reach a state of compromise on many of the issues they debate with each other. However, it is clear that Anakin resprects his Master, and that he seeks, above all else, the acceptence of those he cares about. It is due in part to this desire for acceptance that leads Anakin towards the Dark Side. Anakin spends nearly his whole life searching for this acceptance. He first seeks it from Obi-Wan, but fails to recognize the love and admiration his Master has for him. Skywalker then seeks acceptance from Palpatine, and for a time, he finds it. However, Anakin soon discovers that Palpatine is much more difficult to deal with than Obi-Wan had ever been. Anakin cannot find acceptance from him, so he decides to get rid of Palpatine once he learns of Luke's existence. Once Luke learns the truth about his heratige, he seeks to redeem his father. Anakin resists, believing that the only way he will ever have the power he desires is through the Dark Side. He also argues that it is too late to change anyway. However, what Anakin does not realize at first is that Luke has given him exactly what he has sought his entire life, the acceptance of someone who can understand him, both as a person, and as a serveant of the Force. Because of Luke, Anakin is finally able to break free of the Dark Side, and he also is able to cast away the armor he lived in for so long. He no longer needs it, because he no longer needs to hide behind the powerful exterior everyone is familiar with. Luke saw Anakin as he really was, and did not reject him. More importantly, Anakin eventually recognized this fact.