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Writing over at StarWars.com, Alex Kane delves into a key component of the Star Wars story, the power of compassion.

“Everybody has the Force,” Star Wars creator George Lucas said in a recent interview. “You have the good side and you have the bad side. And as Yoda says, if you choose the bad side, it’s easy because you don’t have to do anything….But the good side is hard because you have to be compassionate. You have to give of yourself.”

The Jedi Order embodies this ideal on a grand scale, but the two characters who exemplify it best aren’t Jedi at all when we first meet them: a child slave named Anakin Skywalker, and Rey, a young scavenger surviving alone in the Jakku desert.