"Brother and Sister / Father and Son / The Fleet Enters Hyperspace / Heroic Ewok" from Return of the Jedi // Composed by John Williams
This excerpt from the cue "Father and Son" screams tension and the tipping point between Light and Dark. "Father and Son" appears during perhaps one of the most powerful moments in Anakin/Vader's entire story. The excerpt above opens with pure atmospheric tension as Luke states that he as accepted the truth that Vader was once Anakin Skywalker, his father. As usual, Vader vehemently dissociates himself from his past identity, though this time is different. In the past, Vader, the Emperor, and even Obi-Wan (from a certain point of view) would claim that "Anakin Skywalker is dead", killed by none other than Vader himself. This is a turning point in that Vader, rather than completely denying any connection to him, is actively recognizing his identity and past as Anakin Skywalker by making the claim "That name no longer has any meaning for me." Vader at this point is being pushed closer to the tipping point between Light and Dark, and the tension in the music reflects his fragile position. Luke then continues in his assertions, eventually claiming "I know there is still good in you," paralleling Padme's dying words. It is then that the Force theme, the Light, resounds over the prior tension in the music as Luke claims that the "good" in Vader is the reason why he couldn't destroy Luke and isn't bringing him to the Emperor now. Vader's response? Silence. The music then descends back into tension as Luke's words sink in, Vader then changing the subject of the conversation. It occurs outside the context of this musical excerpt, though the interaction between Luke and Vader concludes with Luke telling Vader to come with him, and Vader responding "Obi-Wan once thought as you did. You don't know the power of the Dark Side. I MUST obey my Master." Here's some food for thought: Consider the theme of slavery as it relates to Vader's insistence on obeying Sidious. Luke continues to insist upon the conflict in Vader, only for Vader to respond "It is too late for me, my son." It is as if Vader wishes to return to Light, but has lost all Hope.