Something just occurred to me today. In The Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan Kenobi argues with his master, Qui-Gon Jinn, about the necessity of following the Jedi Code. "Do not defy the Council again...If you would just follow the Code you would be on the Council." In this particular episode, Obi-Wan has the role of straight-arrow, while Qui-Gon is often the maverick with a penchant for bending the rules. In Attack Of The Clones, Obi-Wan has become the master, and Anakin Skywalker is now his student and apprentice. Once again, however, Obi-Wan is the one who follows the rules, while this time it's his apprentice who plays fast and loose with them. A good example of the conflict resulting from their differing attitudes would be the scene in Padme's apartment. When Anakin vows to Padme that they will discover the identity of the person attempting to assassinate her, Obi-Wan cautions that the role of the Jedi in this instance is strictly one of protection. "We will not exceed our mandate!" To which Anakin testily replies, "Protection is a job for local security, not Jedi. It's overkill, master. Protection is implied in our mandate!" However, in Revenge Of The Sith, the whole issue is given a very ironic twist. This time it's the Jedi who seem to be going against the Code. When Anakin is denied the rank of Master, his first and primary reaction is one of anger at being disrespected, but he also points out to Obi-Wan that for one to be put on the Council and not be a Master is something that has never been done before. And when asked by the Council to spy on his good friend Chancellor Palpatine, Anakin points out to Obi-Wan that not only would he be betraying the Republic as well as a friend, it would also be against the Jedi Code. It seems that much of Anakin's sense of divided loyalties stems from the fact that he perceives the Jedi Order to be drifting away from everything that he was taught. He tells Padme as much: "Sometimes I wonder what's happening to the Jedi Order. I think this war is destroying the principles of the Republic." Granted, Anakin's point of view is clouded by anger, ambition, and wounded pride. But what I find to be a very interesting story twist is that Anakin's doubts about the Jedi Order (however clouded they may be by personal concerns) largely stem from the fact that the Order, which before the Clone Wars always seemed to be so conservative and by-the-book, now seems to now be playing very fast and loose with the book.