I for one have always thought that Lucas has meant to tell us something through Star Wars with much depth. Personally, I think that the saga was influenced by Eastern ways of thinking, but I think it is an intriguing part of the story in general. To me, the nature of evil in the saga is perhaps one of the most important issues in the story. The Force is dualistic in that it has a light side and a dark side. Lucas says the dark side is "more powerful" because it satisfies one's natural need for power in life. This goes along with the beliefs of Friedrich Nietzsche. It is hihilistic in some ways. Palpatine seems to be the embodiement of this worldview. We see him primarily as an politician on the galactic stage in the prequels who usurps absolute power for himself. By the time we see him again in Return of the Jedi, he has lost his humanity: all he lives for is the exercise of power. Ian McDiarmid has a unique insight for his character. He says that he imagined that Palpatine was evil at birth, "an awful thing to imagine." There is no single embodiement for the light side of the Force. Yoda is perhaps the best example of someone who resists temptation for all his life, since he lived to be over 900. Anakin and Luke, though, are the saga's main focus. Anakin gives into the dark side because he cannot overcome his own weaknesses. His son, Luke, however, does not fall because he chooses to resist his temptations in the end, even if it means death. The best part of the story overall, to me, is when Vader saves his son from Palpatine. He chose not to remain in the dark side. To me, most things are a matter of choice. It is clear that destiny and such are things that influence Lucas's beliefs. But choice is a major factor of his thinking, too. How do you view the nature of evil in the Star Wars saga?