I Am Your Mother is a series of articles on The Cost of Motherhood in a Galaxy, Far, Far Away. Our focus will be on mothers within the movie saga.

Beru Lars, known as Aunt Beru, isn’t actually a mother – she never has any children of her own in the Star Wars saga. But she fills the role of mother for young Luke Skywalker, sparing him the pain of growing up without one.

We first meet Beru in Episode II: Attack of the Clones. She’s dating Owen Lars, stepbrother of Anakin Skywalker. She meets Anakin when he comes to Tatooine in search of his own mother. We next see Beru when  she and Owen adopt Anakin’s son, Luke, as their own.

Instead of revealing the truth about Luke’s parentage, Beru worked with Owen to keep this a secret. She protected Luke from the harsh reality of what happened to his father.

Beru is an interesting mother because she must carry out the duties of motherhood without the privilege. She works hard to be a good mother, encouraging Luke to pursue his dreams and giving him the freedom to grow. Her husband, Owen, clings selfishly to the boy, but Aunt Beru reminds him:

“Luke’s just not a farmer, Owen. He has too much of his father in him.”

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Beru’s last interaction with Luke is seeing him off on an errand to find the lost droids, C3PO and R2D2. It can be implied that Beru is covering for his mistake, knowing Owen’s attitude toward the boy is less than positive.

Her last act for Luke, however, is a tragic one. We are never shown what happened when Imperial stormtroopers arrived at the Lars’ household. But we do know that neither Beru nor Owen gave up Luke, who they knew to be in possession of the droids. Beru’s death paved the way for Luke’s destiny, as he was able to leave Tatooine and play a part in saving the galaxy.

As a mother, Beru protected Luke from his painful past, encouraged his dreams and, ultimately, gave her life to save him. She may not have been Luke’s biological mother, but she did her best in raising him.

Read other articles in this series:

Princess Leia

Queen Behra Organa (Coming Soon!)

Shmi Skywalker (Coming Soon!)

Padme Amidala (Coming Soon!)

Lyra Erso (Coming Soon!)