Or, Anakin’s need for a positive role model/father figure
In the novelization of The Phantom Menace, there is an early scene in which Anakin and his friends encounter an ‘old spacer’ one evening in the streets of Mos Espa. As with anything relating to Anakin’s destiny, the scene contains its share of dramatic irony. But more importantly, it also provides a tantalizing glimpse into a ‘what if’ scenario for ‘this here Anakin guy’.
It’s a lengthy passage, but one that I feel is significant enough to include in its entirety [emphasis mine]: