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Old January 30 2013, 06:50 AM   #1
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Poor Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru... Oh Well!

So, I'm writing a novel right now. It starts out with the main character's home city being destroyed in a war and he and the old man who knew his father go off on a mission...

Okay, so, really there's much more to it than that, but I don't want to give it away... the point is that I'm finding myself writing a lot about how the loss of his home and family are affecting him.

It occurred to me that this isn't so dissimilar from Luke Skywalker finding Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru skeletonized by Imperial troops and going off on a mission with Obi-Wan...

But this got me thinking.... Does Luke give a damn? He looks off to the side in a moment of angst when he finds the bodies at the homestead, but does he ever talk about them again? He's a pretty happy go-lucky guy, casually arranging to sell his car to buy tickets with a pirate, asking about red flashing lights, playing with lightsaber drones, chatting about womp rats back home. I could go on...

But his freakin' parents just died! I mean, not by blood, but this couple raised Luke and loved him and he loved them and they were in all respects his proxy parents. Beru was the mother he knew, even if he always called her "aunt" and not "mom."

Shouldn't he be a bit more, I dunno, grieved? I don't know how many times I've seen this movie since I was a tiny little boy, probably hundreds, but somehow this occurred to me only recently. I can't be the only one who noticed this.

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