Ben Solo versus Ben Skywalker
Ben Solo aka Kylo Ren, has become a new fan favorite baddie, and many look forward to learning more about him in the upcoming films and novels, but let's take a step back and go over what we know about him so far. He is not the first child to carry the name of Ben, Ben Skywalker came first as part of the Expanded Star Wars Universe. Comparing to two young men may be difficult but we will give it our best shot. Ben Solo is just one of the many ways that Star Wars Canon differs from the Expanded Universe.
Ben Solo, only child of Leia and Han Solo. Ben Skywalker, only child of Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker. Both Ben Solo and Skywalker are Force Sensitives and trained by Luke as Jedi. Ben Solo goes on to turn to the Dark Side and destroy the fledgling New Jedi Order. Ben Skywalker goes on to help his cousin Jaina stop her twin brother from doing the same, in so doing saves the Jedi Order. Ben Solo is extraordinarily strong in the Force, while Ben Skywalker struggled with his Force abilities until informally tutored by his cousin Jacen Ben Solo kills his father, Ben Skywalker loses his mother to his cousin Darth Caedus. Despite living similar lives Ben Solo was seduced by the Dark Side, while Ben Skywalker stayed true to his father and helped Luke defeat many enemies of the New Republic, even going into exile with him at one point.
There are still many unknowns about Ben Solo, his turn to the Dark Side, the Knights of Ren, and his strange struggled between the Light and Dark Sides of the Force. What happened to Ben Solo during his training as a Jedi to set him on the path that lead to the young man we saw in Episode VII “The Force Awakens” he had yet to murder his father, and it seemed that he was more confused the driven by the Dark Side of the Force.
While Ben Skywalker, at a much younger age, had lost his mother, seen wars and battles, had his life threatened, and was tortured by his once mentor and cousin. Yet through all his trials he remained with the Light. He even tried to lead a Sith to the Light and almost succeeded.
The story of Ben Skywalker has come to an end but the story of Ben Solo(Kylo Ren) is still unfolding.
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