In the EU Debates: Balanced Views of Balance Point thread, a discussion of Mara Jade's sacrifice has broken out. Rather than bogging down that thread, and to open it up to others, I'll move some of the posts over here. I started things off by saying: "But she'd made her peace. She'd given up the one thing dearest to her, her ship Jade's Fire. In its place, she'd received... well... Enough." (page 37 of BP) This is little bit that I do not reflect on favorably. This makes Mara's sacrifice in VOTF seem a bit trite. Maybe I am over-reacting to the unfounded derision that pivitol scene gets because it seems like so many people need it spelled out completely for them. Mara didn't only sacrifice her ship. Her ship was merely a representation of what she sacrificed. Mara sacrificed her freedom; her ability to chose to go wherever she wanted, whenever she wanted. She gave up the part of herself that most defined who she was as a person -- the independent free spirit who relied on nothing and no one. She gave herself over to something larger than herself, to a cause larger than herself, something she was unwilling to do prior to that moment. In essence, she gave herself to the Force; she gave herself over to a destiny she could not control. For Mara Jade, that is a life altering event, and is the sacrifice that she made. My opinion though. You may see it differently.