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Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn

by Stephenie Meyer

Sacrifice Quotes

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Quote #1

[Bella:] If your life was all you could give to your beloved, how could you not give it? (Preface.5)

Bella believes that if you truly love someone, there's nothing you wouldn't give him or her, even your life. Is that a valid definition of true love?

Quote #2

[Renée to Bella:] "Once you make up your mind, there is no reasoning with you." (1.154)

Renée suggests that once Bella makes a choice, no one can sway her decision. Is that a positive or negative quality?

Quote #3

[Edward to Bella:] "Look at my mother. Look at my sister. It's not as easy a sacrifice as you imagine." [Bella:] "…If it's a problem later, we can do what Esme did – we'll adopt." (2.55)

Edward believes that Bella doesn't understand how much she's sacrificing in not being a "real" mother, while Bella claims she makes no difference between biological children and adopted children. Do you think she's telling Edward what she truly believes?

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