1. Should Bella confide in Jacob about Edward, her hallucinations, and her depression?
Hmm, theoretically, I think that if she decided that she wanted to be with Jacob, then yes, she shouod confide in him about those things. I think even as friends its good for her to confide some things with with, like in the last chapter, when she talked about it a little bit, though very painful, I thought it was good. But if she is going to only be friends with him, then I don't see the need as much for her to fully confide in him because it may cause him a lot pain/suffering, which may not be necessary, that it a hard position for Bella to be in.
2. Would it be settling for Bella to hook up with Jacob? Should Bella try to find happiness with Jacob even if she can only give him part of her heart?
Settling for me? No. I agree with her about Juliet. She would be like Juliet, she would always see Edward's face and never be able to truly love another. I don't think it would be true to her heart to try to fnd happiness with Jacob. I guess, I just see her love with Edward- even after his is gone as so strong that it will always be present in her relationships with others. It doesn't seem completely fair to Jacob if she can only give him a small part of her heart. I know he says that he doesn't mind, but I think it would weigh heavily on their relationship at some point if they were to get together,
3. What about Jacob? He loves Bella despite her strictly platonic feelings towards him, but should he wait out for someone who loves him as much as he loves Bella?
I feel so bad for Jacob because you can really see how much he loves Bella, even though he hasn't come around and said yet. I know Jacob does not consider his own feelings superficial but I would like to see Jacob with someone who can devote themself to him and much as he can. This belief was only influenced later on when I read about imprinting. Bella is not the right person for Jacob like Emily is for Sam. I think there is part of him that knows that even though he wishes that it weren't true.
4. How do we factor in the fact that Bella now owes Jacob her life both physically and emotionally?
I think it just makes it absolutely understandable the feelings she is having about their relationship toward the end of the chapter. He is her safe haven, she cannot think of her life any longer without him in it, though she is still very aware that her feelings for him are no where near similar to what they were for Edward, I think she also wishes that she could love Jacob in a non platonic way, it would be easier for her. Even though Jacob has been soooo amazingly wonderful to her, I don't think it would be right for Bella to think that she should get into a relationship because of that. I think the events bolster her positive feelings about him and maybe quiet her feelings about Edward, but the Edward ones will always be there, and they will come and go with varying degrees of strongness for the rest of her life.
5. Is Romeo and Juliet's relationship similar to Edward and Bella's? How is it and how does it differ?
its similar in the obvious way, with the star-crossed lovers thing. I think it is also similar in the amount of deep love, passion, devotion that is so very absolute for both couples. Edward didn't really have anyone else try to tempt him, at least not while Bella was around. Its different in the fact that they are seperated. I think its also very similar in the way that Bella describes Juliet if Romeo had left her, the love the two couples share has a startling degree of permanence. My memory on Romen and Juliet is pretty scant, so that's all I can come up with.
6. Should Bella have chosen to investigate Carlisle's car? Is her relationship with the Cullens masochistic?
Hmm, I guess I thought that if there was a trap it might be in the car. And Bella was so sure that it was Carlisle's car that I was very sure it was Carlisle's car. I had no idea who was in the house, but there is no way that I would have been able to leave like Jacob suggested. I would have had to know in some way or another, and I think Bella would rather find out for herself then have Jacob or one of the other pack members do the investigating. I think her relationship with the Cullen's can be masochistic at times. I didn't think her relationship with Edward was as masochistic as things that she puts herself through after he leaves. The delusions and all that is something that seems pretty painful to me. It is also masochistic to investigate who is in the house, she is trying not to get her hope up, but she is anyways. But for Bella, I don't really see any other option that the one she chose.
7. How does Bella and Jacob's relationship compare with Bella and Edward's? Which one is "healthier"?
Jacob and Bella's relationship was founded in friendship first, which is different than Edward and Bella. Edward and Bella's relationship was founded in crazy attraction that was intensely strong for both of them, then love developed very strongly and suddenly from that. The love with Jacob, at least for Bella, was a little more gradual. It took Bella a little while to realize how important Jacob was in her life. I think if we are talking strictly things that could happen, then Edward seems to be more dangerous for Bella because of the whole vampire, Victoria, James, Laurent, Volturi thing. I don't think Bella is in much danger when she is with Jacob, especially from outside forces, and for some reason I was never that concerned about him losing control when he was around her. I think for her heart, obviously, Edward is healthier for her, because that is what her heart truly desires. I'm such a sap!
It is not length of life, but depth of life---Ralph Waldo Emerson
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