I don't really understand why the Jedi Council did this, other than because they think that Anakin is Palpatine's agent. But surely Anakin is right; how can he be on the Council and not be a Master?

If it's because they think he's too cocky, why didn't they bounce him years ago, since four high-ranking Jedi Masters said they felt a disturbance of dark Force energy surrounding Anakin?

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    Because he's woefully underqualified for the job? – Valorum Jan 22 '20 at 18:43
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    Because the Chancellor appointed him – Valorum Jan 22 '20 at 18:44
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    Anger management issues. He apparently tried to choke a coworker. Oh, wait... – Machavity Jan 22 '20 at 23:24
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    "other than because they think that that Anakin is Palpatine's agent." 'Nuff said! – Lexible Jan 23 '20 at 0:46
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    @Machavity Only because the coworker was exhibiting religious intolerance. Quit trying to take away his right to practice his religion as he wishes! You lefties and your War on Sithmas! – Acccumulation Jan 23 '20 at 1:54

Why can't Anakin be a Master?

Anakin's appointment was political, not spiritual. Historically the Jedi elected their own leaders by consulting the will of the Force and by mutual consent. Anakin, on the other hand, was appointed directly by Palpatine as his 'envoy' to the Council, and his appointment pushed through by Palpatine's allies in the Senate.

In short, the Jedi don't think he's ready. He's far too young, hot-headed and well, arrogant, to be part of their elite.

“Then we should use someone else’s eyes,” Obi-Wan said “Forgive me, Master Yoda, but you just don’t know him the way I do. None of you does. He is fiercely loyal, and there is not a gram of deception in him. You’ve all seen it; it’s one of the arguments that some of you, here in this room, have used against elevating him to Master: he lacks true Jedi reserve, that’s what you’ve said. And by that we all mean that he wears his emotions like a HoloNet banner.

Revenge of the Sith: Official Novelisation

On top of all of that, they really don't trust him. They think his loyalties are divided between the Jedi and the Chancellor.

“Listen to me, Anakin,” Obi-Wan said, and the seriousness of his tone caught Anakin’s attention. “The fact is, you’re too close to the Chancellor, and the Council doesn’t like him interfering in Jedi affairs.”

Revenge of the Sith: Junior Novelisation

There's also the fact that the rank of Master gives you access to certain artefacts such as holocrons and the deeper teachings of the Jedi. In the wrong hands, those would be spectacularly dangerous.

All that mattered was Mastery.
All that mattered was Padme.

This was a gift beyond gifts: as a Master, he could access those forbidden holocrons in the restricted vault. He could find a way to save her from his dream …

Revenge of the Sith: Official Novelisation

So why did they agree to have him on the Council at all?

His appointment was a done deal. They weren't consulted on this, they were simply informed that Anakin had been made a Council member. It's not a hill that they're willing to die on, so they have to wear it. On top of that, having him on the Council means that Palpatine will consult with him more than ever before, which gives the Jedi an opportunity to have Anakin spy on the Chancellor for them and to feed him misinformation.

Obi-Wan stopped walking and turned to face Anakin. He hesitated, as if he was searching for the right words. Then he took a deep breath. “The Council wants you to report on all of the Chancellor’s dealings. They want to know what he’s up to.”

Anakin stared at Obi-Wan, stunned. A tiny part of his mind whispered, Don’t ever ask Obi-Wan to come right out and say something, ever again, but most of him was trying to absorb what Obi-Wan had just said. “They want me to spy on the Chancellor?”

Obi-Wan nodded.

Revenge of the Sith: Junior Novelisation

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    @riccs_0x - Jedi are supposed to divorce themselves from personal emotions that might cloud their judgement. – Valorum Jan 22 '20 at 19:31
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    @riccs_0x - The Council made many many mistakes that eventually led to their destruction. Failing to communicate effectively with Anakin was one and allowing him to carry on with a Senator was another. – Valorum Jan 22 '20 at 19:36
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    @riccs_0x - Luke's feelings for his friends nearly drive him into the arms of the Emperor. – Valorum Jan 22 '20 at 19:37
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    In regards to "So why did they agree to have him on the Council at all?", it might be worth quoting what Palpatine said on the matter to help show how Palpatine was pulling all the strings "Anakin, this afternoon the Senate is going to call on me to take direct control of the Jedi Council. ... They will report to me . . . personally." / "Anakin . . . I'm appointing you to be my personal representative on the Jedi Council." – JohnB Jan 23 '20 at 15:14
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    @JohnB In other words, Anakin is there as a proxy for the Supreme Chancellor, not as a member in his own right. And that proxy need not always be a Jedi, either, so awarding them the rank of Jedi Master would be a bad precedent. – Chronocidal Jan 23 '20 at 16:32

Watch the video again and you'll see why. Jedi believe in emotionless serenity, they don't let their emotions cloud their judgment. Anakin was a powerful Jedi but he was still far too passionate and emotional. A prime example of this was his reaction to being denied the rank of master, yelling at the council for not promoting you is surely not an example of setting aside your emotions and being reasonable instead. It was extremely childish.

He clearly wasn't mature enough to be a master and the council knew this (presumably from past incidents similar to this one).

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    The Jedi aren't against emotion per se. They're against attachment. You're allowed to love your fellow sentients and you're allowed to hate injustice. What you aren't allowed to do is love your wife and hate your enemies. – Valorum Jan 22 '20 at 19:31
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    @Valorum It seems to be kind of inconsistent. In KOTOR they taught 'there is no emotion; there is peace' and 'there is no passion; there is serenity'. My idea might be that they have always been against attachment and that for a long time they taught against emotion as it lead to attachment but between KOTOR and the films they drifted away from that teaching (see 'new Jedi code'). Either way, Anakin's outburst was immature and a Jedi Master surely wouldn't behave that way. – DJ Spicy Deluxe Jan 22 '20 at 20:13
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    Anakin gives us a nice rundown here; youtube.com/watch?v=bOcH-tBgFCY - "Attachment is forbidden. Possession is forbidden. Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is essential to a Jedi's life. So you might say, that we are encouraged to love." – Valorum Jan 22 '20 at 20:27
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    @Valorum Yeah I had that in mind while writing that, I'm not sure that compassion really counts as an emotion though. – DJ Spicy Deluxe Jan 22 '20 at 22:21
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    Compassion is an act that could stem from either emotional attachment or rational belief in a being's right to receive compassionate treatment. Anakin is looking for a loophole, not stating an objective fact. – chepner Jan 23 '20 at 14:43

Yes, Anakin is a very good Padawan but he never took the trials like Obi-Wan did so therefor Anakin can't be a Master. And even if Anakin was a Master the Council picks its own members.

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    "the Council picks its own members" - not in this case. Palpatine took control of the Jedi Council, the Senate voted to have them report directly to him. He made the unanimous decision to put Anakin on the council. – JohnB Jan 23 '20 at 15:18

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