Alphie wrote:Many thanks to December for her help with this one! Remember - answer these as if you didn't know what happened in Breaking Dawn!
1. What is Bella weeping for during that long night of mourning? Is Jake at the forefront of her mind or is she grieving for the humanity she is giving up? Do you think Edward knows what she is mourning over? What are the “adjustments” Bella has made which allow her to move on in the morning? I believe that she is weeping for how her perceived selfishness has hurt or will hurt everybody that she cares about.
She didn't want to lose a place to escape to, her personal sun, so she played with Jacob's feelings. Even in Twilight, she says she's leading him on to try and get the information she wants
She is crying because she is hurting Alice, by preventing her from doing what she enjoys best, dressing up and throwing parties even though she is convinced that a wedding is torture because of what she saw Charles and Renee go through.
She is crying because she nearly hurt Edward by wanting to sleep with him before they are married. She is the one that agrees with Carlisle that just because you are a vampire doesn't mean you lose your soul yet she is willing to destroy the one part of Edward that he believes can save him, if it's possible
She is crying because she knows if she just disappears, it will kill Renee and Charlie
2. Why does Edward suddenly change his mind in the meadow? Is his about-face a response to what Bella has been saying about their wedding plans? What does it have to do with Bella’s grief the night before? Is his reaction disproportionate? I think Edward thinks he realises how much Bella is giving up by being with him and he doesn't want her to feel like she has to keep giving up for him
3. Why does Bella insist on waiting and doing everything as they planned? Does she feel differently about marrying Edward now? Or is she just determined to do things correctly? Which considerations do you think weigh most heavily on her: eg. saying her goodbyes, giving Edward the wedding he dreams of, having a care for his soul, committing herself publicly to him before becoming a vampire....or any others you can think of? See answer 1
4. Who do you think is actually right about what would be best for them here, Edward or Bella? Well I'm a freak and tend to believe that it is better to wait for marriage before you make the ultimate commitment, so I'm with pre-meadow Edward or post-meadow Bella.
5. The last chapter of Eclipse doesn’t leave us with the upbeat feeling you might expect when a book ends with its hero and heroine planning their wedding. Does the faintly elegiac note on which it closes make sense? Did it bother you? Did it make you worry whether Bella had made the right choice?I was quite depressed when I finished Eclipse but I think it was just because I really wanted to read their wedding (and um wedding night ) I've had to swear I won't buy Breaking Dawn until Christmas so i'm in a Twilight free zone right now and I don't like it I did like the little glimpse we got into Jacob. I sort of home Stephenie does write books from a couple different perspectives.
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