I'm not trying to be needlessly difficult, PMT99, but I really don't understand any of your points up to the bit about the definition of "confront". You did several edits on your post, so it's obvious you had a point worth making. I wonder if you could take the time to flesh out the early points in your post so that I can better understand you. I'm especially unclear about how you can believe that Yoda would have no knowledge about Luke one moment, and precise knowledge about Luke in another. Much more straightforward to believe that Yoda and Ben planned Luke's education correctly based oupon a pretty accurate grasp of Luke's tendencies. After all, they wasn't really wrong about Luke. The premature revelation did, in fact, end his training under Yoda. It did make Luke more suceptible to the Dark Side. Hamill's acting in the final battle shows us this. We see the look of hatred and fear in Luke's face as he charges Vader when Leia is threatened. We see the look in his eyes right after he chops off Vader's hand. We'll never know, alas, how much easier Luke's confrontation with Vader might have been if things had gone more to Yoda's liking. But it's safe to say they would've. You can't say that Yoda was wrong just because Luke ultimately did the right thing. And I think trying to show Yoda and Ben were goes entirely against Lucas' intent. He's not trying to say that Luke's wiser than the two of them. He's trying to vindicate them through Luke. Which is why I've repeatedly asserted that Star Wars is not about the redemption of Anakin Skywalker. It's about the redemption of Anakin Skywalker AND Obi-Wan Kenobi. As for the the "confront=kill" argument, my point is that you say Ben and Yoda unequivocally told Luke to kill Vader. But I never noticed them doing any such thing. They only use the words "face" and "confront" in connection with Vader. They don't say kill Vader. They don't say confront Anakin. They say face Darth Vader That's miles and miles away from, "Luke, we want you to go kill Anakin Skywalker." While fighting may lead to death in extreme circumstances, surely you must admit that the two words are not synonyms. Death is a possible (and, indeed, unlikely) result of confrontation, it is not confrontation itself. But this is mere semantics. You have a bigger, more plot-centric problem in asserting that Yoda or Ben told him to kill. I take it as understood that if the Jedi use the Force only defensively. They cannot, therefore, have sent Luke off with the intent to kill. I cannot see how it is possible to intend to kill defensively. This, it seems to me, is the very reason Ben and Yoda wanted to shield Luke from the truth about his lineage until he was fully trained. They did not want him to kill as the aggressor. I'll grant that they wanted to prepare him to kill, if that were necessary, but I can't see how their interpretation of The Force (i.e. the Light Side) could possibly justify telling Luke to kill.