Originally Posted by dindaeHey, you said it. I didn't. (Well, I did, but you just did too. )Originally Posted by dindae
Look, I will admit that it's a bit of manipulation, but a lie...no. As stated, Ben hid Luke with his brother, Owen, and kept watch over him on a desolate planet far out of the way where Palpatine and Vader would never think to look (if they knew about the kids). Therefore it is logical to assume that Yoda and Ben both had it in mind to eventually bring Luke into the conflict and hopefully capitalize on his potential Force abilities. Why else would Ben hang around so close to Luke otherwise?
So, with that in mind, when Luke and his troubles fall into Old Ben's lap, and Luke pops the question about daddy, Obi Wan has to tell him something. He isn't about to lie to the kid, but he can't exactly tell him that daddy's body is running around with an evil personality in it. First of all, who would believe it? And second, he figured that a rash young naive Luke wouldn't understand the complexities of the bi-polar personality disorder that is inflicting Anakin and might rush off in a bid to reunite with daddy. Not only could Luke wind up dead, but worse, Vader and Palpatine would take advantage of Luke's youthful ignorance and undoubtedly turn Luke against Obi Wan (and the Rebellion). This, obviously, would be a bad course of action for Luke to take and Obi Wan could avoid sending Luke down that road by simply giving Luke the bare bones details about what happened to Anakin. All he needed to know at that point anyway. It wasn't a lie. Not exactly a deception either. He just left out a detail or two. But again, remember that Ben really truly believed Anakin to be dead...if not in body, at least in mind. And that's what's really important here. He told Luke that Vader murdered Anakin. And from a certain point of view, Obi Wan's point of view, that was 100% true. No lie.