Breaking Dawn
Breaking Dawn
by Stephenie Meyer

Breaking Dawn Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Allegory

The Merchant of Venice and A Midnight Summer's DreamAll of the books in Meyer's Twilight saga have some classical inspiration. Twilight has some Pride and Prejudice elements going on. New Moon is c...

Setting

Forks, Washington and Isle EsmeMost of the story of Breaking Dawn takes place in Forks, Washington at the Cullen house and in Bella and Edward's new cottage in the woods. There's also a short jump...

POV/Narrative Voice

First Person (Central Narrators)Throughout Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse, we've come to know Bella Swan as our narrator. We see the world through her eyes and experience her emotions. In Breaking...

Genre

Romance; Young Adult Literature; Gothic or Horror; Coming-of-Age To learn about the genre of the Twilight saga, check out Shmoop's discussion in our guide to Twilight.

What's Up With the Title?

According to Stephenie Meyer, the title Breaking Dawn is a reference to the beginning of Bella's vampire life, the dawn of her new existence (source). Though we won't get to hear more of Bella's st...

What's Up With the Epigraph?

An epigraph accompanies each of the novel's three parts. We'll go into each in detail below.Book 1: Bella"Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain ageThe child is grown, and pu...

What's Up With the Ending?

Even if you didn't like the ending, Stephenie Meyer sure did. In fact she mentioned in an interview that she especially loved the final two pages: This is the moment, after all of these years, that...

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