From Star Wars: Return of the Jedi until The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker had time to learn a lesson. It became a great moment for a film that many do not like.
Luke Skywalker went from hero to out of sight. What happened in the years before he was found shows that he learned and applied a valuable lesson. One that makes Star Wars: The Last Jedi a little more enjoyable.
Stronger, wiser, better. That is what lessons are designed to do. We need to go back to Return of the Jedi for a moment to grasp just how deep this lesson goes back.
Darth Vader vs Luke Skywalker, Luke gave into anger. Even though both Yoda and force ghost Obi-Wan Kenobi told him not to. He rushed in to face and fight Vader. That surge of giving in to his emotion would cost him. Not only his hand. But it sent him to isolation.
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When lessons in life happen we all pause and rethink about the events. I have no other choice but to believe Luke did this. He replayed the chain of events over and over again.
The Last Jedi opens with Luke doing what he did towards the end of ROTJ. Tossing his lightsaber down. Why? Did he finally understand the cave in The Empire Strikes Back? When Yoda told him before he entered, “Your weapons, you will not need them.” Yet, Skywalker shrugged it off and buckled his belt and went in.
TLJ, Luke vs Kylo Ren shows us Luke not only had time and space to go over his mistakes but that he learned from them. As he used the force to project at Ren. Luke did not rush in to fight him. Perhaps he could not fathom another family member dying in front of him.
No. Luke projected himself and Kylo let his anger make a fool out of him. You see in my opinion, Luke Skywalker came to the understanding there is a time to use a weapon and fight. In self defense not to rush in and cause a bigger problem.
This is the single best part of TLJ as far as I am concerned.