1- What is it about Edward and Jake that makes their answer to Bella’s request that they stay behind and not fight different? Would Jake’s answer be different if Edward were not in the picture?
Edward would do absolutely anything to make Bella happy. And he knows what happened the last time he left, and he is not going to let that happen again. His whole existence centers around keeping her happy and safe. And they have this unbreakable bond between them. And that is why he stayed when she wanted him to, she is the most important person in the world to him. Jacob's personality tells me that he would fight no matter what, even if there where no Edward. He can't see how scared Bella is, and he thinks the fight will be fun so he would not miss it. And with Jacob, there is also the demands of the pack. So he probably couldn't sit out anyway. But that doesn't matter, since I don't think he even wanted to. And since Jacob has never experienced the kind of relationship that Bella and Edward has, he can't understand that Edward sits out.
2- Is there something more to why Jake doesn’t step into the role of Alpha Male? Will he decide to become chief later on?
I don't think he was ready for the responsibility. He didn't want the others to rely on him. He still had not totally accepted that he was a werewolf, and taking on the Alpha role would make it more definite. Having read BD I know what happens.
3- Why is the wedding so important to Alice? Is her motivation truly for Bella’s (eventual) happiness or is she being selfish in wanting to coordinate a big event?
I don't think that Alice is selfish. She loves these kind of things, but she is not doing it just for herself. She really wants Bella to have the best wedding possible. But I also think that she is doing it for Edward, creating the wedding of his dreams (even if he would marry Bella anywhere). And I think that Alice deserves to be allowed to do this, because she was deprived of so much in her human life. She deserves to be happy.
Rob's Halfway House ~ Team Edward ~ Cullenist ~