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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Although The Force Awakens is the first film in the franchise to not feature the Sith, it is still very much a story about good vs. evil or the Dark Side vs. the Light Side. This time around, Kylo Ren, a Dark Side user who has already killed an entirely new generation of Jedi in training (although the exact number is not yet known) fights the newfound Force user, Rey.
Rey defeats Kylo Ren, despite her lack of experience in the force, mainly for two reasons. The first reason Rey defeats Ren is the fact that she fought using aggression and anger fueled by the very recent murder of Han Solo by the hands of Kylo Ren.
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While Rey fought using aspects of the Dark Side, she also ended up victorious due to her lack of knowledge in the philosophies of the Jedi.
Rey was completely unaware at the time that Jedi are expected to push out any emotions such as anger or the lust for vengeance, a fact that did not hinder her thinking like Jedi before her who were expected to push those thoughts out of their minds.
For these reasons, the Dark Side played another integral part in Rey’s victory in TFA.
Upon close examination of each battle between the Jedi and the Dark Side of the Force, it is evident the Dark Side is conclusively better than the Light.
Even though each story arc results in the Jedi victorious, as expected, it likely would not be as consistently possible without the Dark Side of the Force and its influence on all Force users, Jedi included.
While it may be easy to believe the Dark Side is more powerful than the Light Side, it is important to understand there are many rules the Jedi expected to strictly follow. The Jedi live under moral codes and are more focused on control and balance, while on the other hand, the Sith are more focused on strength and power. For this reason, the Jedi may be restricted in terms of ability when fighting while the Sith are free to go as crazy as they’d like.
For this reason, it is important to note the Sith do not necessarily have more skill in the Force than the Jedi, they simply have nothing restraining them. Regardless, the strict code the Jedi place on themselves results in the Sith surpassing them in power, strength, and potential in the Force.