1. During this chapter, Bella (and Aro) notice silent and one-sided conversations between Edward and Alice. By analyzing the facts in the rest of the chapters, can you surmise the content of these communications?Gosh, not exactly. I just figured that she was asking questions and he was explaining things to he or she was trying to calm him/warn him about things she saw. I really didn't think too much about what they were saying. I was more focused on Aro. I'd imagined that Edward was asking Alice how things might end up and Alice was trying to show Edward her visions, or her lack of one.
2. Can you explain how Aro's behavior is deceptive, based on what we know of the Volturi?
I think he is being very deceptive, the Volturi seem very manipulative and shady. Like a mafia or something, which I guess, essentially, is what they are. In this scene it seems to me that for whatever reason Aro doens't want to kill anyone at this time, but I don't think its because he has their best interest in mind. I think its for his own selfish motives. I think he expects to be able to force Alice, Edward, and Bella to join them at some point and he needs more time to think of how to do this. I think he is especially intrigued at the prospect of Bella as a vampire.
3. Compare and contrast Aro, Marcus and Caius. Which one is most frightening? Why?
Well at first I was more frightened of Aro just because he is so strange and does all the talking, I almost felt like he was gonna snap any minute and do something terrible. His curiousity about the Cullen's and Bella is morbid to me, like he doesn't want to do anything to harm them at times, but that the evil is just under the surface? Caius was frightening to me to because he was so reactive. He seems dominant in his yelling and strong words, Aro is dominating in his presence and the reverie that the others have for him. Caius seemed the most like he might do something rash. I perceived Marcus exactly as Bella perceived him, bored, depressed, and disinterested. It seemed like he thought there was not much point to his existence in the Volturi/world. Even when he showed Aro his thoughts about Bella and Edward's relationship he was rather apathetic. He kind of slipped off my radar for most of the time.
4. Aro considers Edward not drinking Bella's blood a waste. Edward sees it as a price for an unimaginable opportunity. How do you explain this difference in opinion? How does this contrast the lifestyle choices of the Volturi with that of the Cullens? How does it contrast the individual character of Edward and Aro?
I thought what Edward said was so awesome, because I know at one point there was a point that Edward would have agreed with Aro. Even though he's a 'vegetarian' when he first met Bella he came up with so many ways to kill her that I think at that point it did seem like a waste if he did not drink her blood. If Edward had not held Carlisle's vision and morals so highly I don't think he would have tried as hard as he did not to kill Bella in the beginning so he wouldn't let Carlisle down, the more he didn't kill her, the more he fell in love with her, and his view changed from it being a waste not to drink Bella's blood to it being more of a price. I love that Edward sees it as an "opportunity" to be with Bella. It humanizes his feelings there a little bit that he thinks he is not good enough for Bella, when we know that is exactly what she thinks of herself in regard to Edward. I like that they are on the same wavelength with that, though it doesn't seem that either one really knows it! Aro's opinion contrasts with everything that the Cullen's have worked so hard to do. Aro and the Volturi see drinking human blood as a natural necessity. The Cullens have a higher respect for the price of human life and what it means, they think that drinking human blood, while it may be natural, is also somewhat barbaric at hard to justify for themselves. I think this whole scene just illustrates the difference between regular vampires and vampires that have adopted Carlisle's vision.
5. Aro says that Edward reminds, him of and angrier Carlisle. He also indicates that he believes Edward has even more self-control than Carlisle. Edward disagrees. With which evaluation do you agree? Can you find support in the text to defend your opinions?
Hmm, in a way I agree with both statements. I think Carlisle has a broader and stronger resistance to blood in general, he is not bothered by it at all anymore, and that says something. On the other hand, Edward is able to resist Bella's blood which calls to him more strongly than anyones blood calls to him, and most other vampires for that matter, by the power of his love for her. This might lend to the fact that his love is what is the strongest part of him. Because without it he would not have the strength to do what he does. I think in Twilight where he tells Bella that he would not be able to live with himself if he ever hurt her and that the thought has tortured him, he realizes how strong his love is. His desire to kill her is trumped by his need to be with her. He underestimates his strength also, he really didn't believe that he could help Bella after James bit her, and he really doesn't understand how he did help her without killing her after the fact. I think that when he was sucking the venom out his vampire urges were crushed by how much he loved her, wanted to take her pain away, and wanted her to survive. Sometimes his love is selfish- because he wants her so much, that he puts her in danger, but that just speaks to its intensity to me. So I think Edward embodies strength in a different way than Carlisle and its hard for me to compare the two as apples to apples because its a little more like apples to oranges for me.
6. Stephenie has told us that Bella's immunity to certain vampire powers; including Edward's, Aro's and Jane's abilities; Is because she has a private mind. Explain what you thought this meant the first time you heard it. How did you think it worked.
As soon as I heard Stephenie say this I immediately thought of Edward's theory of why he couldn't hear her thoughts, that her thoughts were on a different frequency than everyone else. This kind of makes sense to me as a reason that Bella's mind is so protected. I don't think Bella herself really knows the reason that her mind is so private. I think it was something she was born with, and probably something that has strengthened as she has matured. We see in later stories (DHN) that Charlies shares a fraction of this trait. I find Bella's private minf a curiosity, just like Aro and others.
It is not length of life, but depth of life---Ralph Waldo Emerson
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