Power is both a good and evil thing. With power, a person has the potential to change the world. With power, a person’s words would be so influential, that anything would be possible. But when a person uses power for evil, it could possibly provoke the most horrible events imaginable. One person who used power for evil was a character from the movie Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith created by George Lucas. The characters name was Chancellor Palpatine. In a span of about fifteen years, he was able to manipulate the political system of the Galactic Republic so that he would come to power. With various events such as the Clone Wars, he gained more and more power as Chancellor, so much so that the only thing that the Chancellor feared was to lose his power.
To ensure that his power would remain intact, he orchestrated a brilliant plan. He manipulated the Senate and the Galactic Republic by making the Jedi out as the evil ones. He brilliantly used numerous examples and manipulation to ensure that his plan would continue smoothly. Through an analysis of Chancellor Palpatine’s address to the Galactic Senate from Star Wars Episode III: Return of the Sith, I plan to prove the political corruption of Chancellor Palpatine through analysis of his use of credible examples, his slander of the Jedi, the delineation of good and evil, his effective play on emotions, and his impeccable timing.
When a person hears the President of the United States address the nation, one would believe that everything that he is saying would be credible. This is the same for the Chancellor of the Galactic Senate. When Palpatine would address all the Senators, the Senators would believe that everything that he would be saying would be credible, even though everything Palpatine said was a lie and was apart of his master plan.
With being a Chancellor, there comes a great deal of power with the position. In the movie Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine said to the Senators, “The Jedi rebellion has been foiled. The remaining Jedi will be hunted down and defeated. The attempt on my life [by the Jedi] has left me scarred and deformed.” By using both his power of position and credibility, he was able to manipulate the Senate and make them believe anything he said. When he said the Jedi rebellion has been foiled, most of the Senate would have believed him. For those that would not believe him, he would use a physical example, himself, to ensure that the Senate be unanimous in believing him. He said that during his assassination attempt, he became scarred and deformed. This is a brilliant way of ensuring unanimous sympathy for himself.
Palpatine also needed to make the Jedi out to be evil. Palpatine used his power primarily to make the Jedi out to be the evil ones. He used his position and credibility to ensure this. All through the history of the Galactic Senate, the Jedi were known as the keepers of the peace and only using their lightsabers...