Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Star Wars Series
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living… under the tutelage of Qui-Gon Jinn, a Jedi knight. Obi-Wan follows Qui-Gon Jinn’s every move and instruction, and although Obi-Wan can be snarky about some of Qui-Gon’s decisions, he is a loyal apprentice. They are now caught in the middle of a political battle on the planet of Naboo, where they attempt to protect Queen Amidala from the evil forces of the Sith.

Profession… Padawan, a Jedi in training. Obi-Wan is learning how to wield a light saber, but more importantly, he’s learning how to control the Force with his mind and use that magical power for good. While it is easy to fall under the seduction of the Dark Side of the Force, Obi-Wan has been trained to remain upright and honorable.

Interests… quips and sarcasm. Obi-Wan loves to scold Qui-Gon Jinn whenever he gets the chance: “If you would just follow the Code, you’d be on the Council.”

Relationship Status… single. Obi-Wan is devoted entirely to his studies. Any thoughts about a relationship are far less important than mastering the ways of the Force. He puts his position as a Padawan above all else, and that is why he is on his road to becoming a skilled Jedi.

Challenge… keeping the new apprentice Anakin Skywalker out of trouble. There is great potential in this young Jedi, but Anakin also creates a great deal of controversy because of how easily such power could be used for evil. Obi-Wan is charged with the challenge of bringing up young Anakin to be a good and loyal student.

Personality… intelligent and thoughtful, but impish. He often uses his intellect to form sarcastic quips, such as, “Who’s the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?” In his younger days, he is a bit hard-headed, and often takes the harder of two paths just for the thrill of it. But when it comes down to important issues, Obi-Wan is responsible and respectful. He represents the old ways of the Jedi order: “steadfast, selfless, and modest.”


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