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Edward and Bella's arguments about marriage in Eclipse explore how the meaning of marriage has changed over time. While traditional, 100+-year-old Edward views marriage as a sanctified part of declaring your love to one another, Bella believes that marriage is a burden, because she has witnessed the failure of her parents' marriage. She also believes that, in today's world, getting married young is a sign of immaturity or unwanted pregnancy, not love. Marriage also shows itself to be connected to many human traditions, such as the marriage proposal, the gift of a ring, the wedding dress, and the actual wedding ceremony and festivities.

Questions About Marriage

  1. What does marriage mean to Bella? What does it mean to Edward?
  2. In our society, does marriage means less today than it meant in the past?
  3. What's Bella's main hesitation in getting married?
  4. Do you think that Bella is too young to get married?

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