Each new Star Wars story gives insight into the nature of The Force. So what is it exactly?
The Force is the part of Star Wars that offers larger-than-life power as well as define a motivation for the central characters. It describes characters as good and evil. It defines them as more… ambiguous. It is the essence of the Force that differentiates Star Wars from other mythos-driven narratives (Harry Potter; Kung Fu; Star Trek).
All is as the Force wills it. ~ Chirrut Imwe
Maxi Big The Force ~ Jar Jar Binks
But we don’t quite understand it. That’s probably a good thing. But we do know a bit about it. Most of what we know of the Force can be taken from a sprinkling of quotes from various characters.
Let’s look at a few.
What is the nature of the Force? What does it do? How do we interact with it? What is it made out of?
Life Creates it. Makes it grow. ~ Yoda
It surrounds us. Combines us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. ~ Yoda
It surrounds us, penetrates us, binds the galaxy together. ~ Obiwan Kenobi
Without the midichloreans we would have no knowledge of The Force ~ Qui Gon Jinn
The Force moves darkly around a creature that is about to Kill ~ Chirrut Imwe
The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force. ~ Darth Vader
Though the Force is created by life, only few have access to use it. With this power comes ambition and responsibility. Those that wield the Force think about this power differently.
A Jedi uses the force for knowledge and defense. Never for attack. ~ Yoda
Be mindful of the living Force ~ Qui Gon Jin
Vengeance is not the way of the Jedi ~ Darth Vader
Fear is my ally ~ Darth Maul
The Dark Side & The LIght
Over the years we have seen the Force in terms of the dark side and the light. Though in more recent years we have encountered those who may not strictly fall into these categories, but still according to some dynamic of them.
There continues, though, a constant conflict between the dark and the light. We’re just not sure that this conflict is harmful or the natural order of things.
The Dark Side is a path to a power some consider to be unnatural. ~ Darth Sidius / Palpatine
It takes strength to resist the dark side. Only the weak embrace it. ~ Obiwan Kenobi
Without the Jedi there can be no balance in The Force. ~ Lor San Tekka
The Dark Side… Quicker, Easier, More Seductive. ~ Yoda
How will I know the good side from the bad? You will know when you are calm. At peace. Passive. ~ Luke … Yoda
Always two there are. No more. No less. ~ Yoda
The Force is one of the most interesting elements of the Star Wars Universe. It will continue to evolve and develop but still retain it mystery as we get more Star Wars stories.