Luke Skywalker has been a bit of a contentious character for Star Wars fans in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. When we saw the character at the tail end of The Force Awakens, he was clad in Jedi garb, and looked about as badass as we hoped an aged Luke would be. However, when The Last Jedi picked up from where we left off, Luke tossed aside the lightsaber, walked away, and then changed into his normal island clothes.
With that in mind, why was he wearing the Jedi garb in the first place? Our own Nick Marinucci speculated that he was moments away from taking his own life, and putting an end to the Jedi for good. He also points to Luke wearing the same outfit just before he was about to burn the ancient tree that houses the Jedi sacred texts, but it looks like he was only half-right.
According to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi novelization (via Screen Rant), Luke was indeed ready to burn the ancient tree prior to Rey’s arrival. IN fact, it turns out that he had been contemplating doing it for some time, but had been prevented each time for various reasons. In the case of the movie, he was prevented by Rey showing up.
So while it doesn’t sound like Luke was quite ready to bite the dust yet at the beginning of the film (he likely would have just lived there until death), he was in the process of contemplating a ritual murder of the Jedi religion. In doing so, even while it could be seen as a blasphemous act, there is a certain reverence he had — at least enough to make him want to look good for the occasion.
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SOURCE: Screen Rant