I created this thread to discuss the symbolism of certain events in the Saga as a whole. One scene I thought particularly poignant is the Confrontation in Palpatine's Office. Mace raises his blade to strike down the ultimate evil, the one being responsible for the Clone Wars. That lightsaber symbolizes all the hopes and dreams of the Jedi Order, it is their best chance to strike down this evil once and for all. Then Anakin betrays them and slashes Mace's hand off, sending the lightsaber tumbling out the window. And that is one of the most pivotal scenes in the Saga. When that lightsaber falls out the window and into the dark depths of Coruscant, the Jedi Order's last chance at victory goes with it. The fall of Mace's lightsaber is the fall of the Jedi Order. Without it, he's defenseless against Palpatine and dies quickly and his death is the death of the Jedi Order. As soon as Mace dies, Anakin joins Palpatine and Darth Vader marches on the Temple while Order 66 is issued across the galaxy. Mace Windu dies and the Jedi Order dies with him. Not all the Jedi die, but the Order as a whole is shattered. By the time Yoda faces off against the Emperor, he's already lost. The most he can hope for is to kill Palpatine and hopefully escape the clones and try to rebuild the Republic. The Emperor has already won and all Yoda can do is try to correct a fatal mistake and even then, he fails. The moment Anakin chose to betray Mace Windu was the moment that Palpatine's victory was sealed and the Sith had their Revenge.