swedishskinjer wrote:I disagree about Edward exhibiting stalker-like behavior. He truly believed that Bella would be endangered in Jacob's presence, since he was a fairly young wolf who was much more prone to fits of anger during the early stages. He didn't keep her away for selfish reasons. If anything, his reasons directly concerned Bella's well-being as a human. It's important to acknowledge that Edward did relent after realizing what Jacob did for Bella, and he even befriended Seth. During Breaking Dawn, Jacob was still being prejudiced, as evidenced by the fact that he continued to regard the Cullen family negatively. In Eclipse, Edward embraces a truce with Jacob Black long before Jacob respects Edward's sincerity himself. In Breaking Dawn, Edward also implores Jacob to start a relationship with Bella if she wants a family so strongly.
swedishskinjer wrote:We need to look at Edward's actions in the context of this fantasy. These characters are making choices in extraordinary situations. Furthermore, mating between vampires in Twilight constitutes an incredibly strong bond. Every choice Edward made - justified or not - was for Bella's welfare as a human being in a dangerous world. As a spiritualist, I strongly believe in bonds between two individuals that are intended by destiny, so the "forbidden love" between Edward and Bella has always intrigued me. Here is an immortal who sees the relationships in his family as time slowly creeps by. He questions the existence of a soul in vampires. Then Bella comes along after a series of incidents and challenges his thinking. She is unafraid of Edward's true nature, and that attitude deeply fascinates him. This fascination turns into love that is only strengthened when they both devote themselves to an eternity of commitment as soul mates.
swedishskinjer wrote:We can't judge Edward with our human experiences and knowledge, because these are characters in extraordinary circumstances. Edward doesn't watch Bella sleep to satisfy some sexual desire, and he certainly doesn't have the intention of violating her. He observes her humanity with a curious eye, because he cannot read Bella's mind. He sees this human, and he doesn't know what to make of her. She's like something else entirely.
Edward may be around 117, but he is physically 17. Therefore, I don't see anything questionable about his relationship with Bella. Despite his old-fashioned ways, Edward has always possessed the body of a young male who has never found true love. He will always be a younger male with respect to his physical appearance. He has all of the faults of an average guy who has never discovered love.
Rollie715 wrote:a wonderful opportunity to expose them to these issues and open up productive avenues of discussion.
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