Prequel symbolism you feel has been overlooked

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  1. DarthMatter Jedi Master

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    Hello everybody. Just wondered if anyone had ideas about symbolic items/formations they've seen in TPM and AOTC, and will see in ROTS, which may have been missed on these boards, given short shrift, or just generally not overanalyzed enough for your tastes ;) I'll start off.
    1. The Jedi Council chamber, as shown at night in TPM just after Queen Amidala leaves to go back to Naboo and we get the glimmer of a smile from Palpatine, has a shaping and silhouette very similar to Darth Vader's helmet. The music and following scene confirms enough the symbolism that Vader's internal story begins in, and unfolds from, that chamber.
    2. The frame on which Shmi is tied in AOTC, when she dies in Anakin's arms, is shaped as the common symbol for "Anarchy". The scene is pivotal for many other reasons, but the graphic symbol helps illustrate that anarchy, indeed Anakin's name and turn, starts right here, and the hut itself reflects the shape of the Jedi Council Chamber from TPM.

    Anyone else? :)
  2. DarthMatter Jedi Master

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    Did I stump the chumps or stray off script??

    Go ahead and lock...
  3. inkswamp Jedi Knight

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    Well, this doesn't exactly fit your question, but it's sort of along those lines, hidden tidbits. I posted this a while back in another thread, but here it is again:

    Maybe others have already noticed this but it just occurred to me that one part of AOTC echoes part of ANH. Maybe this is a stretch, maybe not, but it's interesting.

    The scene is Anakin's arrival at Tatooine. It's not a perfect match, but parts of it mirror the scenes we see of Luke before he leaves Tatooine in ANH.

    * Anakin talks to the elder Lars in the dining area about his mother and leaves on an emotional note; Luke talks to the elder Lars in the dining area about his father and leaves on an emotional note.
    * After his departure, Anakin has a violent encounter with the sandpeople; after his departure, Luke has a violent encounter with the sandpeople.
    * After the departure, Anakin learns of his mother's death; after his departure, Luke learns of his father's death.
    * Anakin encounters jawas and a sandcrawler; Luke encounters jawas and a sandcrawler.
    * When Anakin returns, the scene centers on a dead person (Shmi); when Luke returns, the scene centers on dead people (Owen and Beru.)
    * Anakin decries Obi-Wan holding him back in the same room where Luke cleans the droids (a major part of Luke's story line early on is his uncle holding him back.)
    * Both Luke and Anakin are, at this point, under the guidance of Obi-Wan.
    * After Shmi's burial, Threepio and Artoo approach with a message from Obi-Wan; in ANH, Artoo and Threepio carry a message from Leia for Obi-Wan.

    Maybe these were intentional, maybe not, but it's interesting nonetheless.
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