una wrote:Dark Knight maybe you missed my earlier posed questions. Are vampires, because they have the ability to reason as do humans, therefore governed by the laws of man? Or are they something separate, another species or animal if you will? We do not hold animals to the same laws as humans. And if a vampire created another and told them they had to live on humans to survive, if they didn't know they could survive on animal blood, are they evil? There are many vampires who I would believe do not view humans as "close cousins" to themselves but view them more like cattle.
Speaking of choice, that was exactly my question earlier. The vampires that know (like the Volturri) that they could live off of animals but choose humans, are they evil? Especially given the nature of how they "hunt." They are not trying to fight evil, they seem to prey on the innocent. So if they are evil, are there varying degrees of evil? I personally would not put Edward in the same category as the Volturri. I think redemption is possible, but part of that is that I believe in mercy and forgiveness. That it is possible to atone for one's sins.
I do not see Edward as a villain because he repented his evil actions. Again, I define a villain as one who is on the path of evil and continues along that path, their choices are made towards evil intentions, not against it. Did he once prey on humans, yes. Does he continue to do so, no. Why, because he saw the error of his ways and rejected that path and has worked diligently to not do what he considers evil (even though he says it is the natural instinct of what he is).
All sentient being are govern by the universal laws - not necessary human laws but the big ones that all religions and spiritual beliefs have...So they are to a degree under a law of nature.
Let us be clear, all vampires by their very existence are considered evil/fallen from grace. The fantasy of being with the bad boy are the draw...Edward is given credit for his self denial but his past is still held against him too...all ones actions are...Mercy and forgiveness that lead to atonement are to those offended. How does one receive mercy or forgiveness from the dead? Forgiveness is only achieved by first repent and acknowledge of evil act, walk the path of righteousness and make full reparation for ones mis-deeds...The path of redemption is difficult at best and most fail because it's hard...nothing is free...