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Broken Lightsabers: Why We Love Them

Teaser images for the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019) depict a weathered and broken lightsaber. The broken lightsaber belongs to Cal Kestis, the game’s protagonist. Broken lightsabers appear in many different Star Wars stories, often paralleling critical plot points and reflecting key personality traits.

Why do Star Wars fans and lightsaber enthusiasts love broken lightsabers so much? What’s the appeal and the meaning behind a broken lightsaber?

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Teaser image for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order depicts a broken lightsaber
Teaser image for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order depicts a broken lightsaber | IMAGE CREDIT Lucasfilm/EA and Respawn

BROKEN AS SYMBOLISM

A broken lightsaber often serves as a vivid visual representation of a larger problem. The breaking of the Skywalker lightsaber in Star Wars: The Last Jedi symbolizes the rift between Kylo Ren and Rey after she refuses to join him to rule the galaxy. The breaking of the lightsaber also demonstrates that Kylo Ren and Rey are evenly matched in the Force to the extent that neither can overpower the other. The lightsaber, a tangible object, breaks before the strength and resolve of either Force user.

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