1)Why did Bella want to try cliff diving? Do you think it was because she wanted to hear Edward's voice again or she wanted to be "absolutely free”, unthinking, and utterly irresponsible? OR do you think there was another, deeper issue?
I think she wanted to hear Edward again, and at the same time as she is attempting to reunite with him, she is shoving him away, attempting to be free, and break all promises, all rules. Perhaps there is another, deeper issue within Bella... She is incredibly unstable, and becomes a younger version of herself with Jacob's influence. Yet even Jacob cautions her against cliff diving. I don't understand this completely, but perhaps there is a more psychological instead of merely emotional issue within the core of Bella's being.
2)Why wouldn't Billy tell Jacob what was going on with Sam, and Jacob's friends (as to why the were acting strangely)? Do you feel Jacob could've handled and understood the truth if he was told at the beginning of New Moon?
Billy wasn't really allowed to tell the tribe's secrets, and it would have been dangerous for Jacob to know if he never made the change from human to werewolf. Jacob wasn't really mature enough at the beginning of New Moon to really deal with the truth. He grows over the course of the book, learning through the hard time and his relationship with Bella until he is prepared to deal with the amazing monstrosity of the truth. At the opening of the book, Jacob is the happy, friendly, open, and loveable person that everone cares about. This is what initially attracts Bella to him, and helps create their deeper relationship. As this carefree person, Jacob is not truly mature enough to handle the truth of the legend.
3)Another albino comment is made, not by Bella this time but by Jacob.
"I've never seen anyone paler than you except for---," Jacob says.
Why do you think Bella's paleness is mentioned yet again? Is it a comparison between the "light" side and the "dark" side, an innocent comment on Jacob's part or something else?
I did notice this... Usually Bella is the one who comments on her pale skin ("the albino cracks"), and then Jacob makes a comment of his own. Bella's paleness is mentioned to contrast the difference between herself and Jacob, in more ways than dark and light. Jacob is darkskinned, and Bella light, yet Bella carries a heavy burden of grief while Jacob does not. Later Jacob is the one carrying the dark secret of the werewolves while Bella is free, only trying to understand her friend. Yet at the same time she is not, and really is never free, as Jacob is the one who holds her together, when at the same time he is only carving out his own piece of her heart. This is a deep issue, and comment in general, and would probably go on way to long if I attempted to expand upon it here.
4)Bella calls Jacob her "fix" on page 162. A fix is something to make you feel temporarily better in regards to your physical or emotional health. Do you think Bella realizes that her close friendship with Jacob, throughout the first ¾ of the book, might only be temporary? Did you think he would continue to be her fix throughout Eclipse if something upsets her about Edward?
Bella does not realize Jacob may only be temporary. Had she had the slightest notion Edward would return, she may not have sunk into suck a deep depression and perhaps would not have relied so much on Jacob. In Twilight, Edward calls Bella his heroin, and in Eclipse, Jacob calls Edward Bella's drug. In a way this is a terrible metaphor, as it symbolizes an unhealthy love. It is another debate whether each truly loves the other, yet it is interesting how often drugs are compared to the wild, needing sense of love (or lust) they have for one another. I think she gets the first glimpse that Jacob may only be a temporary figure in her life when she leaves after fighting with him at his house, after his transformation. She goes through many tears before Jacob appears at her window, in a way foreshadowing the terrible night to come in Eclipse when she says goodbye to Jacob, fully, truly. And yet even this is debatable. I had hoped Jacob would remain in Eclipse, as a great figure in Bella's life. Jacob is a rather amazing person, all said and done. He does hold Bella together even though he may carve out his own hole in her heart, so she is "riddled like Swiss cheese."
If you're not really here, I don't want to be either. I want to be next to you.
black and gold, black and gold, black and gold, black and gold, black and gold, black and gold.