Alphie wrote:Thanks to jenni_elyse for the discussion questions!
1. At the beginning of the chapter, Bella wakes up from a nightmare about immortal children. As we know, the dream foreshadows the events to come later in the story. However, it seems coincidental that the first time she has this nightmare it is the night before her wedding. Do you think that there is any significance to this? Or, do you think it is just Bella being Bella?
I think it is partly Bella just being Bella, but as we have previously seen in New Moon, Bella's subconscious plays a rather large part in her dreams. Is it possible that, knowing that herself and Edward are going to have sex once they are married, that her subconscious is possibly warning her to use some form or birth control? Finally a human instinct in an inhuman setting? In her waking mind she'd never believe it was possible, her subconscious is a different story altogether. Also... Stephenie Meyer usually sets up the looming possibility of danger near the begging of the book, is it possible that this is a big set up, to plant the seed of worry for the future of the characters in the readers mind?
2.Bella is stunned when Rosalie offers to help Alice get Bella ready. She remarks, “I had never been Rosalie’s favorite person…and here I was, callously throwing away everything she wanted in life like it was garbage.” What do you think motivated Rosalie to be nice to Bella in this instance?
This has got to have something to do with Rosalies desperation to have a normal life, by getting married, Bella is fulfilling a small part of that desire, and so therefore, a small piece of Rosalie's resentment is chipped away, sparking a brief moment of kindness and kindred spirt-ness in Rosalie. Hey Presto.
3.Renée says that Alice would not let her or Charlie do anything for Bella, except give her the hair combs from her grandma. She remarks, “Every time we tried, she all but ripped our throats out.” From Edward and Bella’s visit to Florida in Eclipse, we know that Renée is almost as observant as Bella when it comes to the Cullens. So, do you think Renée was remarking about how “attune” Alice seems to be with everyone’s actions? Or, do you think she was simply remarking that Alice wanted to do everything herself?
Renee is perceptive, but not that perceptive. If she hasnt already guessed that Edward is a vampire, she's not likley to. It's probably more of a back handed remark at the look that would have flitted across Alys's face everytime someone tried to take away a teency bit of that control
4.During the ceremony, Bella realizes that she had been silly about being afraid to get married. And, as Bella looks into Edward’s eyes, she says, “[I] knew that I was winning, too.” Why do you think she finally realizes that marrying Edward was a good thing?
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