Were they made for eachother? Yes. Was it supposed to be this way? Yes. But could they have fought it? If they really wanted to? Of course. The problem (or beauty, if you want to see it that way!) behind the whole situation was that neither of them really truly ever wanted anything other than to be together. Edward loved Bella enough to try and keep her safe from him, but he never really was sold on being apart from her forever. He tried it, and realized that path was yet another he just didn't want to take. So though they could have fought it if they wanted, they just never wanted bad enough to make it work any other way!
So I think that's what's happened here with Edward and Bella yet again. They were drawn together by some destined force and pull, surely. I acknowledge that. But the choice to stay together and make it work -- against impossible odds! -- was theirs, and they deserve full credit for their own happiness.
December wrote:Does their ability to choose even matter any more, if unforseen accident** -- Bella's pregnancy -- drives Edward back onto those two original alternatives -- see Bella dead or a vampire -- with no alternative path left to them?
Is having a choice that's unbearable really having a choice at all? On the other hand, saying that there is no choice doesn't acknowledge the effort and thoughtfulness that goes behind such decisions - and there was thought here. There was weighing of consequences, but on the scale the balance is so uneven that the choice is obvious.
Shakespeare wrote: Was it always going to end this way? Or are they in fact freely choosing the path Destiny appeared to be forcing upon them? They probably aren't freely choosing their path, considering Edward's initial opposition to it. Something either psychological or metaphysical prevents them from deviating from their chosen path.
Does their ability to choose even matter any more, if unforseen accident** -- Bella's pregnancy -- drives Edward back onto those two original alternatives -- see Bella dead or a vampire -- with no alternative path left to them? I don't think there was a choice at that point. Edward never considered just letting her die. Instead, the situation shows that their choices were pointless.
Shakespeare wrote:For all of these, no choice is actually needed, and therefore, the ability to choose is simply an illusion for Bella.
Shakespeare wrote:Bella and Edward's romance was predicted by Alice before Edward realized that he was in love. When the discovery is eliminated, much of the choice is as well. Edward expects himself to fall in love with Bella, so, in his mind, he paints her as someone perfect. He tried to resist, but, subconsciously, he had already shaped her into his ideal girlfriend. They were only meant to be together because he thought they were.
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