This has to be one of my favorite haikus I’ve written in a while.
When I wrote this haiku, I thought that Kylo would be rising up as a dark Force user under the shadow of Darth Vader. But after watching the bonus disc material that came with TFA, I wonder if perhaps the shadow he felt were his parents: these two prominent figures in the fight against the Empire. Adam Driver mentioned that his parents were not often there for Kylo Ren as they struggled with the politics of putting a new government together. So under this shadow, did Kylo Ren turn to the dark side because Snoke offered him attention? And his struggle with the light side come from the fact that now he finally has his parents attention so he wants to turn back to the light side?
But added to that is the shadow of his grandfather. He wants so badly to live up to these standards he has set for himself and carry on the legacy of Darth Vader. Yet as he goes through the process, he constantly battles with the pull to the light side of the Force. Is this because the light side is stronger (Yoda said it is in ESB) or because of his personality?
It seems like Kylo Ren’s biggest struggle was living under the shadow of his family. His parents helped rid the galaxy of the Empire. His grandfather was the most powerful Force user in the galaxy’s history. His Uncle is the sole remaining Jedi.
And not only does Kylo struggle with the light side, but he also struggles with the respect he feels he deserves as a Sith (or soon-to-be-Sith…I’m still unclear if the Knights of Ren are actually Sith). Clearly General Hux tolerates him but I’m not sure he respects him as a member of the First Order. Lor San Tekka derided him as soon as he showed up on Jakku. Supreme Leader Snoke seems to go back and forth on if he trusts Kylo Ren and I bet he knows he’s taking a gamble with him. Heck, I would too…the grandson of Darth Vader to possibly use as your tool, even if he ends up dying or turning to the light side would be worth it for a bit.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the shadow of Kylo’s family (Vader, parents) drove him to the dark side where he rose up high due to his natural inclinations with the Force. But he struggles with the light side and gaining respect from others.
Ahhhh I love it when my haikus force me to think.
Have I convinced any of the Kylo-haters to give him a second chance or rethink about him a bit?