Love this scene between Rey and Luke, as Luke bemoans how the galaxy hailed him as a legend while Rey argues back that in such desperate times, people need a hero to inspire them and provide them with hope. Obviously Luke comes round to Rey's point of view by the end of the film, but Luke's initial perspective isn't completely wrong. There is truth in the idea that in looking up to such mythical figures as Luke and believing them to be all-powerful, people would inevitably lose faith in themselves to be forces of good, instead turning to legends like Luke who were never really perfect to begin with. We see this with Rey as she arrives expecting a perfect being, only to find somebody just as flawed and lacking in confidence as everybody else. It's only when Rey has every sense of having something to look up to taken away from her, with her parents proving to be insignificant and her faith in Kylo crushed, that she can truly come into her own and believe in her own abilities without having to rely on somebody else. Of course legends have their place: it is Luke's return that gives that spark of hope to the galaxy which we'll see ignited in IX, and without Luke providing that spark the Resistance would be gone. But Rey and the rest of the cast, on both the light side and the dark, go into IX having come fully into their own as individuals. Rey has found faith in herself and a family in the form of the Resistance. Finn has faced his past by battling Phasma and has cemented his purpose in fighting for good, while Kylo has severed all ties with his past and now leads the First Order. With Episode IX in production, I just can't wait to see the next chapter for these characters!
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