SparklingDiamond wrote:That's a really interesting observation, December.
Unfortunately, I think one of the reason's that we don't get much on Rosalie, or the fact that she isn't given a lot of credit has to do with the reader's perceptions of characters that you were speaking of in your post. Many reader's seem to have zoned in on her less than perfect characteristics, shallowness being the main one here. But why? Because she's beautiful and she knows it? Is this some kind of crime? Sometimes it bothers me that when women take pride in their appearance, they become shallow, as if this is all that makes up a character.
I think you've brought up a really strong point that her deeper qualities are overlooked. Even in BD, I feel like people suspected her of foul intentions when she was being so watchful over the pregnant Bella. Readers, even Edward at times, assumed that she cared nothing for Bella, but only wanted the baby for herself. Yet, what evidence was there of this in the story? She really gets a bad rep.
Rose was shallow....she was jealous of every woman that came near Edward until she realized he would want noone...then when Bella came....she was hateful. She was vain, always preening in the mirror...It is possible to be beautiful and know it, but not obsess over it. With Rose, I think she was like that because it was the only thing about her that anyone gave her any credit for. The only thing she could be sure of about herself.
Edward could read her thoughts, and there are multiple passages where he only hears her being shallow.
I do agree she is so misunderstood, but I don't think she even understands herself...almost like shes living down to low expectations...
Sorry Shadownin I cross-posted with you but I just wanted to say...I think she helped Bella because she knew what Bella would be missing out on...and since she longed for a baby so badly herself...I don't think she could not help Bella.
now if Bella had died during childbirth, I don't think she would have been too upset when Edward followed and left her to raise little nessie lol... *Ducks*