Obi-Wan Kenobi and Martyrdom

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I came across the cartoon above on Reddit. It depicts a satirical cartoonist uttering the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi in response to an armed terrorist. What do you think that might be learned from thinking about Obi-Wan Kenobi as a martyr in the Star Wars story? Or the comparison between Star Wars and recent events? Or from the fact that terrorists who wished to become martyrs themselves in fact made martyrs of their victims?

Tertullian famously wrote, “we multiply whenever we are mown down by you. The blood of Christians is seed” (Apol. 50.13).Was Obi-Wan Kenobi making a similar point, or a different one?

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  • Andrew Dowling

    Well Obi-Wan seemed to be making a more “spiritual” prognostication of his post-death influence (SW doesn’t show his death suddenly inspiring a wave of new Jedi) but the general idea is the same.

    • I always thought it was calculated. If you recall the scene, Obi-Wan looks knowingly at Luke, gives (goads) Vader the warning, and then purposefully drops his guard. Vader takes the bait and cuts Obi-Wan down, thereby inspiring Luke. I agree with Andrew: not martyr in classic sense but the self sacrifice did inspire Luke.