1. During this chapter, Bella (and Aro) notice silent and one-sided conversations between Edward and Alice. By analyzing the facts in the rest of the chapters, can you surmise the content of these communications?
Alice probably explained everything that was going on, and what would happen next. I'm sure Edward was considering everything and trying to tell her something silently, like maybe a 'Thanks for coming to save me and bringing Bella.'
2. Can you explain how Aro's behavior is deceptive, based on what we know of the Volturi?
He comes across as a gracious and cheerful person, making it seem too friendly and overly open. He's just too nice, making it seem like he just wants them to be happy, he cares about them.
We know better.
3. Compare and contrast Aro, Marcus and Caius. Which one is most frightening? Why?
Marcus just kind of sits around and watches, he doesn't seem like he's have enough life in him to come across as scary. Caius..he's not really scary, just grumpy and annoying. Aro, however, the whole act he puts on...it's between Caius and Aro for me..although there is something about silence and just watching that seems pretty creepy about Marcus too..
4. Aro considers Edward not drinking Bella's blood a waste. Edward sees it as a price for an unimaginable opportunity. How do you explain this difference in opinion? How does this contrast the lifestyle choices of the Volturi with that of the Cullens? How does it contrast the individual character of Edward and Aro?
To Aro, she is food and it's like wasting chocolate when all you eat is tasteless bread and water, the very best thing wasted for what seems to be to him no reason. Edward doesn't see her as 'food' obviously. To his lifestyle, not killing her is better than killing her, he loves her and it would destroy him to hurt her, even more so than any other human. To the Volutri, humans are just food. To the Cullens, they are people, which the Cullens are too, at least they try, and they have lives that the Cullens won't take away from them.
5. Aro says that Edward reminds, him of and angrier Carlisle. He also indicates that he believes Edward has even more self-control than Carlisle. Edward disagrees. With which evaluation do you agree? Can you find support in the text to defend your opinions?
I think Aro might actually be right here, to some extent. Edward is definitely an angrier Carlisle. However, Carlisle has resisted a lot too, and I doubt he would hurt Bella is she smelled that way to him, not after so many years of practice and never tasting human blood.
6. Stephenie has told us that Bella's immunity to certain vampire powers; including Edward's, Aro's and Jane's abilities; Is because she has a private mind. Explain what you thought this meant the first time you heard it. How did you think it worked.
I figured if it had anything to do with her mind, their talents weren't effective on her.
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