From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Eclipse

Eclipse

  

by Stephenie Meyer

Eclipse Theme of Mortality

What do you win or lose by being a mortal? In the throes of war in Eclipse, Bella learns that as a mortal you can easily lose your life, especially when you associate with supernatural creatures. She also struggles with aging, because she knows that her true love Edward will stay forever young as a vampire. Even Jacob as a werewolf won't age. At the same time, she realizes that, being immortal, she'll lose her human hormones and with them the physical and emotional sensations that define her experience of "feeling alive." As an immortal, the boundaries of human time will also lose significance for her. She'll outlive most of the people she loves.

Questions About Mortality

  1. Why does the sacrifice of Taha Aki's third wife appeal so much to Bella?
  2. What does Bella value most about her mortality?
  3. How does Rosalie's story impact Bella's attitude or thoughts about surrendering her mortality?

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement