The power of the voice in Star Wars

I must be allowed to speak,” Luke Skywalker demands of Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi. Historically peacekeepers and diplomats, the voice and spoken word are as important to the function and philosophy of the Jedi as their lightsabers. Having already struck out in anger against the Emperor in ROTJ, Luke pulls himself back from the precipice of the Dark Side, lays down his weapon and confronts him again, only this time…